World Press Freedom Day 2018
"On World Press Freedom Day 2018, I call on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists. Promoting a free press is standing up for our right to truth."
António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law
The theme of the 2018 celebration highlights the importance of an enabling legal environment for press freedom, and gives special attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists.
The 2018 theme also addresses the role of the media in sustainable development, especially during elections - as a watchdog fostering transparency, accountability and the rule of law.
Within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals making up its 2030 Agenda, the contribution of journalists and media workers is linked to SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions.
In order to reach this goal, effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels must be developed, and press freedom. Essential to this is the right of all people in general, and journalists in particular, to use media platforms for public communication.
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2018, this IPS special report brings news and views from around the world.