Lack of media freedom is still an issue in many parts of the world. The European Endowment for Democracy is partnering with Bozar, VUB and ULB for #DifferenceDay2020, an online event to celebrate World Press Freedom Day on Sunday, May 3rd at 5 pm.
Register here: https://www.differenceday.com/event/registration/
In 1993 the United Nations General Assembly declared May 3rd as the World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness on the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Freedom of Expression implies respect for the opinion of others. It recognises the fact that there is a difference between us and between our opinions. To celebrate freedom of expression is to celebrate diversity. Freedom of the press is an essential aspect of the freedom of expression. Without a free and independent communication environment, it is impossible to build and sustain a democratic society. ‘The Fourth Estate’ is the counterbalance to the legislative, the executive and the judicial powers of the State. Only in a system where there are solid and transparent checks and balances, can creativity, free research, culture and the arts can flourish.