World Press Freedom Day 2020: Journalism without fear or favour - Національна рада України з питань телебачення і радіомовлення

World Press Freedom Day 2020: Journalism without fear or favour

3 May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.

Online High-Level Dialogue: Press Freedom and Tackling Disinformation in the COVID-19 context

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  • António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations 
  • Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO
  • George Weah, President of Liberia
  • Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 
  • Maria Ressa, Investigative journalist and co-founder of Rappler 
  • and more

Moderated by Jorge Ramos, journalist and author, Univision


  • Use the occasion of World Press Freedom Day to draw global attention to the need for press freedom and independent journalism to provide reliable, life-saving information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Primary Targets

  • Governments (advocacy); general public (awareness-raising)

Proposed Time

  • 4 May 2020, 17:00 – 18:30 CET 

Format & Participants

Moderated by a prominent journalist, the event will be streamed live online through UNESCO’s FacebookYoutube and Twitter. Following brief opening remarks by the UN Secretary-General and the UNESCO Director-General, the moderator will lead an open discussion between panelists on the following themes relating to the COVID-19 crisis:

  • The importance of journalism in navigating the crisis
  • Fighting misinformation and rumours
  • Journalists on the front lines: ensuring their health and safety
  • The role of governments: protecting press freedom and independent journalism
  • The role of social media and technology: supporting journalism and fighting misinformation

At a time when we are mired in worry and uncertainty because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, free information is essential to helping us face, understand, think about and overcome this crisis. We must consider the vital importance of information in this situation: informing the public means giving everyone the means of combatting the illness by adopting appropriate practices. This is why the Organization has teamed up with the rest of the United Nations family to fight the “infodemic” of rumours and disinformation which is exacerbating the pandemic and putting lives at risk. To help put an end to the problem, we have joined forces to promote two major social-media campaigns, Together for Facts, Science and Solidarity and Don’t Go Viral. — Extract from the Message by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day




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