World Press Freedom Day 2021: May 3 is remembered as an alarm to governments for the need to honor their obligation to freedom of the press and is also a day of consideration among media professionals about problems of freedom of press and professional ethics. World Press Freedom Day is a day to mark the attention towards the maintenance of the freedom of the press. The protection of Press Rights is possible by worshipping the savior Almighty God Kabir.
World Press Freedom Day 2021: Highlights
- Every year, May 3 is observed as World Press Freedom Day worldwide
- In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed World Press Freedom Day (WPFD)
- In 1991, World Press Freedom Day was approved at the 26th session of UNESCO’s General Conference
- Freedom of Press and Freedom of Expression is at the foundation of UNESCO’s authorization
- ‘Information as a Public Good’ is the theme of World Press Freedom Day 2021
- The 2021 WPFD Global Conference has been hosted by the Government of Namibia and UNESCO since April 29
World Press Freedom Day History
Every year, May 3 is a date that commemorates the fundamental standards and principles of press freedom. It is celebrated to examine freedom of the press around the planet, to protect the media from strikes on their liberty, and to reimburse tribute to media professionals who have lost their lives in the pursuit of their professional responsibilities. In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the World Press Freedom Day following a proposal approved at the 26th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991.
World Press Freedom Day Significance
Freedom of Press and Freedom of Expression is at the foundation of UNESCO’s authorization. UNESCO reckons that this independence allows for mutual conception to assemble sustainable peace. It fulfills as an occurrence to inform citizens of infringements of press freedom. It acts as an alarm that in several nations around the globe, publications are censored, suspended, fined, and closed down. While editors, journalists, and publishers are attacked, harassed, detained, and even murdered. It is a time to develop and encourage endeavors in favor of press freedom and to evaluate the state of press freedom around the world.
World Press Freedom Day 2021 Theme
‘Information as a Public Good‘ is this year’s World Press Freedom Day theme. It operates as a call to assert the significance of admiring information as a social good and scrutinizing what can be done in the distribution, production, and reception of content to sustain journalism and to expand transparency and authorization while abandoning no one behind. The theme is of pressing relevance to all nations across the world. It comprehends the changing communications system that is affecting our human rights, democracies, sustainable development, and our health.
To accentuate the significance of information within our online media habitat, WPFD 2021 will intensify 3 key topics:
- Undertakings to assure the financial viability of news media;
- Tools for securing transparency of Internet corporations;
- Augmented Media and Information Literacy (MIL) capabilities that enable people to value and recognize, as well as, demand and defend journalism as an essential part of information as public welfare.
World Press Freedom Day: Global Conference 2021
The 2021 WPFD Global Conference is being hosted by the Government of Namibia and UNESCO. It has been going on since April 29 and will end today – May 3 in Windhoek. The event was a digital and physical happening integrating in-presence and virtual participation. Many people had registered to be part of the side events, regional forums, keynotes, film screenings, artistic showcases, and more! Activists, media leaders, media, policymakers, artists, legal experts, and researchers from all over the planet have joined the event.
Read in Hindi: World Press Freedom Day 2021: मीडिया को क्या करना चाहिए?
The Conference called for immediate engagement to the peril of extinction encountered by local news media around the globe, a problem which has been withered by the COVID-19 pandemic. It put forward notions to fight the challenges of our online media environment, drive for more translucency of internet firms, maintain the safety of media professionals, and enhance their operating situations. The Conference also calls to serve independent media and empower citizens to encounter these challenges.
How to Get Perfect Press Freedom?
The freedom of the press and the freedom of expression are among the fundamental rights of human beings. But these days these very rights are being violated by those in power and authority. People with power and authority misuse it to control media professionals for their greedy needs and deeds. All media professionals need is the refuge of someone more powerful than these faulty people.
World Press Freedom Day 2021 Quotes
- “The courage to present the truth is what the media is all about”.
- “For the Press, freedom is a must as well as the responsibility which comes with freedom”.
- “Freedom reminds us of the need to liberate our souls from the hassle of birth and death”.
- “Media is the fourth pillar of democracy if it is having freedom and is not solely working for TRP”
- “A free Press gives us freedom of expressing ourselves”.
- “A free press gives voice to the speechless, strength to the oppressed, & justice to the meek”.
Who Can Protect Media Professionals?
These days media professionals are being threatened by many people. Following true media ethics has become difficult for journalists these days. In these hard times, only an enlightened saint who has all the powers of the Almighty God can help us. Presently, in the whole world, Jagatguru Tatvdarshi Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj has incarnated with all the true powers and authorities of Almighty God Kabir. Taking the refuge of Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj by taking Name Initiation (Naam Diksha) will benefit the media professionals. Protection of their rights and life safety is guaranteed to those who perform true worship of Supreme God Kabir according to the holy scriptures.
Media Should Also Understand Its Responsibility
It’s no doubt that the media is obstructed on the way of free flow of news but the media too is not innocent always. Most of the time the news becomes more TRP specific rather than truth specific. India has witnessed this in the case of Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj where the media didn’t follow even the basic ethics. They spread lies for TRP. After that they had to apologize when they faced anger from the people. Many times they become so obstinate that even after knowing the facts they resent to apologize. So it’s necessary to maintain the freedom of media but it’s also necessary that media understands its responsibility.