Freedom of the Press
Press freedom is not just about media and journalists. It concerns every citizen. The media industry is not just another ‘business as usual’. It plays a crucial role as a platform for every social group to express itself, to provide every citizen with access to information so that they can participate fully in political processes and make informed choices.
Every day journalists risk their lives to help inform us. In 2018 alone, 251 journalists were imprisoned and 54 journalists were killed, according to figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists. The case of Jamal Kashoggi, in particular, highlighted the risks that journalists can face. Already, as of April 2019, 60 journalists have been reported missing this year. In its 2019 report entitled 'Democracy at Risk', the Council of Europe found 2018 to be the worst year for journalists in Europe since the Cold War. The report states that the number of attacks on journalists has increased, almost doubling in number since 2015.
World Press Freedom Day is marked on 3 May each year.