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World Press Freedom Day 2022 – Significance

World Press Freedom Day 2022

World Press Freedom Day 2022: World Press Freedom Day is also known as World Press Day. May 3 was announced as International Press Day in 1993 by the UN General Assembly upon recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference to spread awareness about the importance of Freedom of the Press in functioning, information providing, its significance and to awaken the government of its duty to uphold and respect the right to freedom of expression. This day also pays homage to journalists who have lost their lives. This year, it is hosted in Uruguay

World Press Freedom Day 2022: Theme

The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2022 is “Journalism under digital siege“.

The theme of this year focuses on how today’s journalism is in danger by multiple digital surveillance strategies and attacks on journalists. It aims to emphasize the consequences of digitalization overshadowing true journalism on the public trust in digital communications.

This day highlights three key areas

  • Ways to ensure the economic sustainability of news media.
  •  Mechanisms for making sure about the transparency of internet companies.
  • To strengthen Media and Information Literacy (MIL) capacities that will help people to recognize and value journalism as an important part of information as a public good.

India’s Rank in World Press Freedom Index 2022

World Press Freedom Index is an annual list of countries prepared by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), a Paris-based international non-governmental organization that works to safeguard the right to freedom of expression and information.

Norway topped the list in 2021. India ranked 142 in the previous two years World Press Freedom Index 2022, which fell two places from 2019, however, the list has not yet been published for 2022.

India’s performance as being the largest democracy has been disappointing in the World Press Freedom Index,  as its government pledges to uphold the freedom of the press. Its steadily decreasing rank is a serious matter of concern for the citizens and has aroused serious debates amongst journalists, governments, political parties, and bureaucrats. In response, the Government of India has refused to accept the rankings and has questioned the authenticity of the data prepared by Reporters Without Borders.

World Press Freedom Day 2022 – Significance

  • The Significance of World Press Freedom Day was to celebrate the principles of press freedom, to prevent the media from attacks, and assess the state of press freedom.
  • The main aim of World Press Freedom Day was to raise awareness of the freedom of the press and freedom of expression. This day also represents a day of reflection for media professionals about issues of press freedom.
  • The Global Conference provides an opportunity for journalists, civil society representatives, national authorities, and to work together for identifying solutions.
  • The United Nations has celebrated World Press Freedom Day before 1993. In 1948, Article 19 said that everyone has the Rights to Freedom of opinion, everyone has the Rights to say their opinion without fear, everyone has the Rights to receive and impart their ideas through Press and Media to the people.

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