We celebrate World Press Day annually on May 3rd. The Freedom of the press is imperative to keep the entire world linked through news from different parts. Free media influences the progress of a country. The press acts as a medium of communication between a nation and its people.
And a Free Press has a colossal obligation to report the truth to the country’s people. And it also helps in forming people’s opinions. Hence, to commemorate the significance of the press, every year the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day.
May 3rd acts as a reminder to the governments that they should respect their commitment to press freedom. It is also a day of reflection among every media professional about their professional ethics. May 3rd reminds us that we all should defend the media from attacks on their independence. And we also need to pay tribute to all the journalists who lost their lives during the practice of their profession.
It is the date to encourage and develop new initiatives in favour of press freedom and retain the Freedom of the press worldwide.
The History of World Press Day
The UN General Assembly proclaimed one Press Freedom Day in December 1993. Since then, on 3rd may every year, we celebrate the anniversary of the Windhoek declaration across the world as World Press Freedom Day.
The Windhoek Declaration is all about fostering, maintaining, and establishing an independent and Free Press. It highlighted the importance of a Free Press for developing and maintaining democracy in a nation, along with economic development.
Although press day is celebrated from December 1993, the idea has much deeper roots in the United Nations. Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration on human rights states that every person has the Freedom of opinion and expression.
The Importance of Press Freedom Day
Press came much before democracy came to India. And it became the voice of ordinary people, and it is also considered to be the voice of the voiceless. Even before independence, the press existed. And it was the only method of interaction between the ruling government and the people of the nation.
Even Though democracy is mighty in its own terms and conditions, it cannot work efficiently without media, especially the Free Press. The media establishes a link between the government and its people and tends to inform people about the functions performed by the government. It also tells the government about the sufferings faced by people in their respective constituencies. Thus, a democratic system can only work when the state enjoys a Free Press.
The British government tried to control the Freedom of the press in India multiple times. That is because the press advocated the idea of a free nation. Press stands for the civic rights, religious rights, and political rights of the people. And it also influences decision-making by the people.
The press of a nation helps its people to compare the past and present experiences, words, and actions done by different government bodies. Citizens receive new information about projects, policies, schemes, amendments, laws, etc., through the press- by which they can analyze the working of the government and evaluate if the actions are beneficial for them.
What Is Threatening the Freedom of Press?
The press is a crucial instrument for accounting. While we can forget about the promises made by leaders and government authorities, a printed newspaper, audio, video recording will act as a piece of evidence and remind us.
The people who worked in the press are fearless in performing string operations to find out many hidden realities. Press also fights against unfulfilled promises, misuse of power, and corruption. And the factors that are threatening the Freedom of the press are:
- Corporate Sector: It’s not only the government who tries to control the press, but sometimes it’s also the corporate sector that tries to control the press to increase business. Many corporate sectors try to bribe the editors, writers, and reporters to retain the voice of the media.
- The Brutality on Reporters and Journalists: We have been through much such news where reporters and journalists were killed to present a piece of information or cover a story. It’s sad.
- Partiality: Press workers are often treated with hateful trolls.
World Press Day Quotes & Greeting
“The freedom of the human mind is recognized in the right to free speech and free press.” — Calvin Coolidge
“Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose.” — George Orwell
“No prison is big enough to contain free speech.” — Mazen Darwish
“History has given me the choice of a pen.” — Gao Yu
“Freedom of the press is a precious privilege that no country can forego.” — M.K. Gandhi
“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Freedom of the press belongs to the people of a nation, not to the owners of publications.” — A. J. Liebling
“We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech- because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth.” — Barack Obama
“Freedom of the press is the mortar that binds together the bricks of democracy- and it is also the open window embedded in those bricks.” — Shashi Tharoor
“What matters is the information, not what you think about it.” — Anna Politkovskaya
World Press Day Best Wishes & Sayings
No walls or limitations should be big enough to contain the right to free speech. Be free and speak your heart out. Best wishes to you on this occasion of World Press Freedom Day.
We exist on this earth to be able to speak our minds and follow our hearts. Let your words reach the masses. Wish you a very happy World Press Freedom Day.
Don’t let anyone stop you from being heard. Help the community and exercise your right to free speech. Best wishes to you on this occasion of World Press Freedom Day.
The pen is the mightiest sword. Speak out loud and stand up together against social issues. Best wishes to you on this occasion of World Press Freedom Day.
On this occasion of World Press Freedom Day, we must all remember that freedom of the press is not an end in itself, but a means to achieve a free society. Happy World Press Freedom Day.
The role of journalism is to monitor any centre of power.” Speak free. Best wishes to you on this occasion of World Press Freedom Day.
Let justice speak up by giving enough power to people to speak freely. Best wishes to you on this occasion of World Press Freedom Day.
The only security of all is in a free press.” Let the voice of society be free. Best wishes to you on this occasion of World Press Freedom Day.
Raise awareness and take a stand to help the press be free all around the globe. Wish you a very happy World Press Freedom Day.
Don’t let anyone silence the voice of society and the people. Stand together and let the press be free on this day. Wish you a very happy World Press Freedom Day.
World Press Day Messages & Slogans
- On World Press Freedom Day, let us promise to make sure that the press enjoys independence to express.
- Wish you a very Happy World Press Freedom Day, join the movement, speak free, and let your voices be heard on this day.
- Without freedom, the press is nothing and without a press, society is nothing…. Best wishes on World Press Freedom Day.
- Speak out loud and stand up together against social issues. Best wishes to you on this occasion of freedom of the world Press.
- On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, I am sending you warm greetings for the independent and expressive press.
World Press Day Best Images & Pics
Where the journalists can publish any piece of reporting along with their name, choosing to remain anonymous is the evidence that our press fears even in its own nation.
As the world’s largest democracy, it is indispensable that the Government of India should not try to control the voice of the press. The press upholds the nation’s constitutional rights and predominantly the minority. And our country’s people must make certain that the press is getting enough Freedom.
The press in any country ensures that the government is operating properly, and no segment of the society is ignored or mistreated. Press raises queries to ensure that the executive legislature and the judiciary is working ethically in a nation. You also can send these World Press Freedom Day: Quotes, Wishes, Messages, Slogans to your friends on World Press Freedom Day to spread the importance of Press Freedom Day.