Today, May 3, is the World Press Freedom Day, and this year’s theme is “Information as a Public Good”.
At the beginning of April, Portugal became part of the Media Freedom Coalition, a partnership of several countries committed to respect, protect, and promote the freedom of the media.
On the occasion of this date, the Media Freedom Coalition made a statement, which praises the fundamental principles of press freedom and highlights the importance of the Windhoek Declaration, which celebrates today its 30th anniversary. This statement calls for an urgent global effort to counter the threats to press freedom, because, without it, there can be no true progress in human rights and democracy.
As reported in the 2021 Edition of the World Press Freedom Index, Portugal is in the 9th place of this list.
The World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, to highlight the role of the freedom of the press to the development of every society.
In particular, this day aims to raise the awareness of political leaders and civil society to the importance of the freedom of the press, and also to pay tribute to the journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.