Cambodia To Commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2019 This Friday

AKP Phnom Penh, April 30​, 2019 —

The Ministry of Information, in collaboration with UNESCO and in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, will be organising the commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day 2019 on May 3 at Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh.

The celebration of this 26th edition of World Press Freedom Day will be held under the theme “Media’s Role in Supporting Peace and Democracy”.

The event will bring together government officials, media professionals, journalists, academia, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations and development partners, for an inclusive dialogue on media’s role in supporting peace and democracy.

Every year, May 3 celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, and is an occasion to encourage and develop initiatives that foster freedom of expression, and its corollaries, press freedom and freedom of information. Freedom of the press and freedom of expression allow for mutual understanding to build sustainable peace.

World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. Globally, this year, the main celebration of WPFD 2019 will take place in Addis Ababa, from May 1 to 3. Around 100 national events around the world are expected to complement the main celebration.

WPFD is a day of reflection for governments and media professionals across the word on issues related to press freedom and professional ethics in media.

By C. Nika