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World Press Freedom Day
3 May

"A fundamental right on its own, freedom of expression also provides the conditions for protecting and promoting all other human rights. But its exercise does not happen automatically; it requires a safe environment for dialogue, where all can speak freely and openly, without fear of reprisal."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

2013 Theme:
Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media

World Press Freedom Day celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013.

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There is a growing awareness that ensuring freedom of expression must also necessarily extend to safety online. World Press Freedom Day 2013 focuses on the theme “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media” and puts the spotlight, in particular, on the issues of safety of journalists, combating impunity for crimes against freedom of expression, and securing a free and open Internet as the precondition for online safety.

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