NEW YORK (EON) – As the world acknowledges the contributions of the media on World Press Freedom Day being observed across the globe on Wednesday, politicians, entrepreneurs and common folks back home urged the representatives of the fourth pillar of democracy to play a constructive role in building the nation.
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter were flooded with messages, photos and quotes saluting the free press, while many debated the emergence of social media as an effective tool to counter mainstream media which is often accused of being biased and prejudiced.
Theme of this year is Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
National celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day. UNESCO leads the worldwide celebration by identifying the global thematic and organizing the main event in different parts of world every year.
The international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.