The 3rd of May marks World Press Freedom Day. The day looks to defend media freedom attacks and its independence. It also celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom around the world.

Ethiopian journalist and activist Eskinder Nega, says his country’s Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed should work towards promoting democracy and expanding political freedom in the country as promised, by lifting the state of emergency.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth 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.

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