Press Freedom Day

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of an unhindered press to a just society.

It also confers the Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in memory of the Columbian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in 1986 after offending Columbia’s powerful drug barons.

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid won the 2018 Guillermo Cano Prize. He has been in jail since 14 August 2013 when he was arrested while covering a demonstration at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo.

The Prize will be awarded on 2 May on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated in Ghana this year and whose theme is Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law.

(Summarized from the UNESCO website.)


This image was downloaded from the UNESCO website.


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