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 2015 alone 73 journalists were killed, 119 kidnapped, and 199 arrested. Press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015, as political, criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power, according to the most recent report from Freedom House. Freedom of Press is considered an essential element of democracy by the European Parliament, which strongly supports it within the EU and beyond. Article 11 of the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights clearly states “freedom and pluralism of the media shall be respected”.
World Press Freedom Day is marked on 3 May each year.