May 3 marks as World Press Freedom Day every year. It is a day to celebrate the freedom of the press, and protect the rights of journalists. The official website of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the World Press Freedom Day states “Celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.”
This year, the theme of World Press Freedom Day is: ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.
To mark the World Press Freedom Day 2017, UNESCO and Cartooning for Peace has released 15 cartoons that sum up many challenges that media and journalists face. Designed by talented cartoonists from around the world, these cartoons combine humour, satire and tragedy to express their views on the freedom of the press and the many challenges that media and journalists face for informing citizens and carrying out critical reporting on issues of public interest.