World Press Freedom Day 2014

“The rights to life and to liberty and integrity and security of person and also to freedom of expression are fundamental human rights that are recognized and guaranteed by international conventions and instruments.” — UNESCO RESOLUTION.

May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day. It was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to:

  • celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
  • assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
  • defend the media from attacks on their independence;
  • pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The 2014 Theme is Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the post-2015 Development Agenda.

An international conference will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on May 5-6.The focus this year is on three inter-related themes: the media’s importance in development; the safety of journalists and the rule of law; and the sustainability and integrity of journalism.

The annual UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize ceremony will take place on May 2, 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters.

Self-publishing authors can celebrate World Press Freedom Day by exercising their right to use the written word to express themselves, share their stories and opinions, and enlighten our society. If you have yet to self-publish your manuscript, this week is a great time to take the leap. If you have already self-published your book, spend some extra time this week promoting it.

To learn more about World Press Freedom Day, visit and

ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at


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