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Tezpur University celebrated The World Press Freedom Day

Tezpur University celebrated the World Press Freedom Day on May 3. The program was organized by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The theme for World Press Freedom Day 2024, ‘A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis,’ resonated with the urgent need to address environmental issues through responsible journalism. 

In today's time, even sitting at home, you can know what is going on in various parts of your country and abroad. But to deliver this information to you, journalists have to take a lot of risks. 

Many times they are even attacked. So that no power can suppress the voice of journalists who risk their lives, it is very important for them to get freedom, so that they can do their work well and with transparency. 

With this objective, World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year on 3 May. Know here how this day started, what is its significance.

In 1991, African journalists launched a campaign for press freedom for the first time. On May 3, a statement was issued regarding the principles of freedom of the press, it is known as the Declaration of Windhoek. 

Just two years later, in 1993, the General Assembly of the United Nations announced celebrating World Press Freedom Day for the first time. From then till today, May 3 is celebrated as World Press Freedom Day.

Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is given by UNESCO every year on 3 May. This award honors an individual, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world. 

On this day many programs are organized in schools and colleges. Debates and discussions are held on various topics related to journalism. Seminars are organized at many places.

Every year a theme of World Press Freedom Day is decided by UNESCO. Last year the theme of World Journalism Day was- 'Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of Expression as a Driver for all other human rights'.