World Press Freedom Day 2021

Many IFJ affiliates took action to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. Here is a non exhaustive list of their initiatives.

Australia, MEAA: World Press Freedom Day 2021: hostility towards journalists is on the rise - Read more

Brazil: FENAJ plants trees to commemorate journalists who died from covid. The union says that defending the universal right to Freedom of the Press is a constant struggle in Brazil - Read more (in Portuguese)

Ecuador: FENAPE calls for the defense of the media from attacks on its independence and pays tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the course of their work - Read more (in Spanish)

Ethiopia: The IFJ participated in a webinar on how media freedom stands in Ethiopia in 2021. These last two years have shown the precariousness of media freedom globally and in Ethiopia - Read more

France: The National Union of Journalists (SNJ) is organising a rally at 11am at the Ghislaine Dupont - Claude Verlon - Camille Lepage square, in memory of the two RFI reporters murdered in Kidal, Mali, on 2 November 2013, and of Camille Lepage, a photojournalist killed at the young age of 26, on 12 May 2014. The IFJ Secretary will also be present. - Read more (in French)

Gambia: The Gambian Press Union will hold a dialogue on journalists safety ahead of presidential elections - Read more

Indonesia: AJI has organised an extensive list of activities across the country, including webinars, exhibitions, campaigns and dialogues on the press freedom situation in the country - Read more (in Indonesian)

The Netherlands: The NVJ presented the annual Press Freedom Monitor, a research on the press freedom situation in the Netherlands - Read more (in Dutch)

Norway: The Norwegian Journalists' Association and the Norwegian Press Association organised a debate on the conditions for press freedom during the pandemic - Read more (In Norwegian) 

Palestine: Palestinian Journalists Syndicate reports 183 crimes against Palestinian journalists - Read more

Perú: ANP - IV Encuentro de periodismo de investigación Europa - América Latina 2021 - Read more (Spanish)

Somalia, NUSOJ launches the State of Media Freedom Report, listing 2 journalists killed, 33 detained and 133 cases of intimidation against media workers logged in Somalia in  2020 - Read more 

Sout-East Asia: The IFJ asia-pacific office has launched its 19th annual South Asia Press Freedom Report and conducted a panel discussion on 3 May around the findings - Read more

Spain: FAPE vindicates the essential value of Press Freedom for the vitality of Democracy - Read more (in Spanish)

Switzerland: Syndicom has issued a statement denouncing attacks on demonstrators, obstruction by the police, discrimination in civil proceedings and obstacles to research due to the law on police measures. The union also points to massive job cuts in editorial offices and uncertain career prospects that undermine press freedom. - Read more (In French)

Turkey, Journalists' Union of Turkey (TGS):  May 3, World Press Freedom Day e-conference: Information as a Public Good - Read more

United Kingdom: In a release published on 3 May the NUJ has vowed to renew efforts to defend press freedom, pointing at the deterioration of press freedom around hte world and threats in the UK - Read more 

Uruguay: The APU organises the Conference Right to Freedom of Expression in the Inter-American System - Read more (In Spanish)

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