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May 3: World Press Freedom Day


This day is celebrated as International Day of Press Freedom every year to raise awareness about the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The impact of a free and independent press is across-the-board and vital to the growth and development of any nation. It is through the media that citizens are informed of important issues affecting their lives, and can make informed decisions about their future.

However, the dangers and challenges that journalists face in Nigeria cannot be overlooked. 

Many journalists have been killed, imprisoned, or harassed in the line of duty, and this has led to a culture of fear and self-censorship. This is a threat not only to the safety and well-being of journalists but to the integrity of our democracy.

It's important to note that press freedom is not just about protecting the rights of journalists, but about ensuring that citizens have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about their lives. 

We must know that, without a free and independent press, citizens are left in the dark about important issues that affect their lives.

On this International Day of Press Freedom, let us stand with journalists all over the world and demand that their rights be protected. 

Together, we can defend Press Freedom to achieve a society where the media can be free and independent.


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