LIVE: World Press Freedom Day 2017
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Wednesday, May 3, is World Press Freedom Day.
This year, the theme of the WPFD is "Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media's Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies."
Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
UNESCO, the Government of Indonesia, and the Press Council of Indonesia are co-organizing the World Press Freedom Day's main event and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia, from May 1-4, 2017.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova lead the list of speakers for this year's WPFD.
Watch the events, live from Jakarta, on this page.
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Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony
In March 2017, the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was awarded to Mr Dawit Isaak, an Eritrean-born journalist, in recognition of his courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression. Mr Isaak was arrested in a crackdown on the media that occurred in September 2001. The last time he was heard from was in 2005. His present location is unknown.
H.E. Joko Widodo
President of the Republic of Indonesia
H.E. Irina Bokova
Daughter of Mr Dawit Isaak, 2017 Laureate
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As the world observes World Press Freedom Day 2017, Rappler, in cooperation with UNESCO, is publishing stories and ideas about press freedom and the challenges faced by journalists around the world.