Every year on 3rd May, UNESCO celebrates and encourages press freedom across the world.
The day also recognises the work of journalists in dangerous situations. Iraq and Syria are unsurprisingly, the most dangerous areas for journalists to work.
Over 2500 journalists across the world have been killed in the last 28 years. These figures are expected to increase.
This week in Afghanistan there has been two separate incidents that have resulted in the deaths of 10 media professionals.
Journalists gathered at the scene of a suicide bombing prior in Kabul prior to the attack. A second suicide bomber arrived at the congregation, where they purposefully targeted and detonated.
It’s not always so far away from home though, as Holly Jones, Nottingham Trent alumni and BBC reporter found out in last years’ London Bridge attack.
CBJ News’ Phoebe Ram spoke to local journalist, Hannah Meredith from BBC East Midlands Today about her views on the importance of free press.
A Twitter movement has began trending in response to World Press Freedom Day with the hashtag: #imajournalistbecause
#Imajournalistbecause dangerous powers threaten to upend our deeply cherished democratic institutions and tear this country apart. If I as a member of the millennial generation don't take up the mantle of truth, who will?
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) May 2, 2018
The killings in Jharkhand for land acquisition went largely under reported in 2016. #ImAJournalistBecause it gives me an opportunity to connect these dots and report the larger picture, question those in powerhttps://t.co/kJRK0v2h6w#WorldPressFreedomDay
— Amit Bhardwaj (@tweets_amit) May 3, 2018
— Manu Pubby (@manupubby) May 3, 2018
#ImaJournalistBecause I want to promote justice, moral uprightness, expose malpractices in the society with view of correcting and initiating social change by carrying out surveys on needs of the society & transmit them to the public in an accurate manner.#WorldPressFreedomDay pic.twitter.com/lm2acXh7c6
— Ramadhan Sigomba (@RamadhanOmar17) May 3, 2018
Twitter itself has announced its support for the cause
Twitter supports #WorldPressFreedomDay
— Twitter (@Twitter) May 2, 2018