UNESCO, the Government of Indonesia, and the Press Council of Indonesia are co-organizing World Press Freedom Day's main event and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1-4 May 2017.

Critical Minds for Critical Times: The media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies is the theme of UNESCO’s main celebration of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, 3 May.

Dawit Isaak, an imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish journalist, has been chosen to receive the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

National celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day. UNESCO leads the worldwide celebration by identifying the global thematic and organizing the main event in different parts of world every year.

Twentieth Anniversary of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Created in 1997, the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize marks its twentieth anniversary in 2017. The Prize is named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in Bogotá, on 17 December 1986.

As part of this celebration, a video will be launched on 3 May and the series “20 quotes for Press Freedom” will publish one quote each day for the 20 days ahead for World Press Freedom Day 2017.

We encourage you to look for the quotes in UNESCO´s Twitter and Facebook and share the inspirational words of those men and women who made an outstanding contribution to the defense of press freedom!

Celebrations around the world

Events at UN Headquarters in New York

High-level event to mark World Press Freedom Day

(co-organized by UNESCO and the UN Department of Public Information

4 May, 10 am to 1pm in CR2

The interactive discussion will examine the interrelationships between freedom of expression, peace, and inclusiveness. It shall explore ways through which Media and Information Literacy and critical thinking shall contribute to advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG 16) and even preventing violent extremism and hate speech.

Panel discussion: “Safety of Women Journalists in Conflict situations”

(co-organized by the Permanent Missions of France, Greece and Lithuania, on behalf of the Group of Friends on the Protection of Journalists)

3 May 2017, 13:00 to 14:30, Conference Room 7

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