The theme for this year's WPFD is "journalism and elections in an age of disinformation" (United Nations)

World Press Freedom Day

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May, 3, this Friday, is the United Nations declared, World Press Freedom Day.

The website notes the day is an opportunity to:

  • -celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
  • -assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
  • -defend the media from attacks on their independence;
  • -pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Robert Fife is a long respected journalist, editor, author, and currently Ottawa Bureau Chief of the Globe and Mail newspaper, considered a “journal of record” in Canada.

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World Press Freedom Day was first created back in late 1993, which set May 3 as the annual date. The theme this year Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.

Robert Fife, Parliamentary Bureau Chief, Globe and Mail newspaper (via CTV- Youtube)

Robert Fife, Parliamentary Bureau Chief, Globe and Mail newspaper (via CTV- Youtube)

Mr Fife notes that there are concerted efforts now, often –but not exclusively- through social media to misinform the public. He stresses that people should verify stories through the many credible mainstream news agencies which have to be held accountable for what they produce.

He also expresses concern about the diminishing number of journalists and news staff due to budget cuts from advertising revenue diverted to other streams, notably on the internet.  In smaller centres, news operations are being lost entirely meaning a lack of accountability for local politicians and police. In larger centres it means a reduction in investigative resources, again meaning some important issues, and  possibly corruption or waste of taxes, goes undiscovered.

A person believed to be a leftist anti-fascist protester assaults a cameraman during their protest in Toronto, Aug, 2018, apparently for no reason.. Many journalists around the world have been injured or killed doing their job in what many consider a tragic and worrisome trend.Irish journalist such as the case of Lyra McKee, killed in April by stray bullets from the New IRA during a riot in April in Ireland. (Toronto Sun-Youtube, via CBC)

While he also expresses dismay over another trend of advertisments posing as news stories, he still he has faith in consumers ability to detect such efforts and again stresses that people should verify stories by going to mainstream outlets.

Message from UN Secretary-General on WPFD (Youtube video)

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One comment on “World Press Freedom Day
  1. Avatar Ursula Wagner says:

    We often hear about Reporters without Borders, how they risk their lives to inform us,

    That is what I find out, and it is shocking

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/dec/05/threat-journalists-highest-level-10-years-report

    according to The Guardian 300 journalists were killed since 2008, including 31 so far in 2018 till Dec 2018.

    Journalists live a very dangerous life, interesting the ranking list; USA is behind
    Romania
    Even those who report about climate change are in danger.

    https://www.barillacfn.com/en/magazine/food-and-society/the-role-of-environmental-journalism-in-climate-change/