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On This Day: World Press Freedom Day




World Press Freedom Day was established from the initiative of the World Association of Newspapers (PEE) and since 1993, it has been celebrated every year on May 3. It is celebrated in memory of the Windhoek Declaration, a statement of press freedom principles by African newspaper journalists on May 3, 1991.

World Press Freedom Day reminds us of the importance of protecting the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and freedom of the press, as enshrined in Article 19 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Without these two fundamental rights, democracy is empty.

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