World Press Freedom Day is this year jointly organized by the United Nations, Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), African Union Commission and Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
According to the U.N, the main event will take place in Addis Ababa, on 1-3 May at the African Union Headquarters.
This year's theme ‘Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation’ discusses current challenges faced by media in elections, along with the media’s potential in supporting peace and reconciliation processes.
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference.
Since then, May 3, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.
It is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.