3 May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.
Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.
Ahead of the 2021 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), Namibia and UNESCO hosted a kick-off event for the handover of the baton from the 2020 host country of this year’s Global Conference, the Netherlands. The 2021 commemoration coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralistic Press, that will be celebrated in conjunction with WPFD from 1 to 3 May 2021 in the Namibian capital.