2018 is the 25th anniversary and the focus is upon the rule of law. Find out more about the events on the UNESCO official website. These include a book on press freedom and the safety of journalists and other resolutions, papers and resources.
The United nations website has links to related resolutions, reports and committee websites.
Why is this day important?
Find out which country has the most free press according to the annual barometer complied by RSF. The methodology used is displayed on the website.
According to the analyses ‘hatred of journalists is growing and is threatening democracy’. The UK is now ranked 40 out of 180 on the hatred of journalists index.
An Alternative freedom of the Press ranking is compiled annually by Freedom House. In 2017 it declared that press freedom had declined to its lowest level for 13 years.
Other well known indexes are:
- IREX’s Media Sustainability Index (MSI) which provides in-depth analyses of the conditions for independent media in 80 countries across the world. It specialises in conditions for change in transition developing nations.
- Media development Indicators – UNESCO priority areas of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) are: promotion of freedom of expression and media pluralism, development of community media and human resource development (capacity building of media professionals and institutional capacity building).
- The African Media Barometer was developed by Fesmedia Africa, the Media Project of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Africa, and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) in 2004. Every two to three years a panel of 10 to 12 local experts, consisting of at least five media practitioners and media experts and five representatives from civil society, meet to assess the media situation in their own country. A report is then compiled by expert panellists based on 39 criteria.
- European Centre for Press and Media Freedom has a resource section on its website with useful research reports and papers on trends in media pluralism and threats to media freedom in the region.