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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 2019 alone, at least 250 journalists were imprisoned and 25 journalists were killed, according to figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Although this is a sharp decline from 2018, it is worrying that those that hold truth to power are being put in danger at all for doing a job necessary for the survival of democracy.  One of those journalists was Lyra McKee from Derry, who was killed on 18 April 2019.

World Press Freedom Day is marked on 3 May each year.

Number of journalists killed in 2019 - Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
Number of journalists imprisoned globally in 2019 - Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
European Charter on Freedom of the Press
Media freedom and pluralism-European Commission