"No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power." — António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
"Democracy and freedom of the press are twins" Enrico Letta, former Prime Minister of Italy
We are honoured to support Cercavano la verita, a project organised by Ossigeno per l'Informazione, and to draw attention to their important work on World Press Freedom Day.
Cercavano la verita (They sought the truth) collects and presents in a unified way the stories of thirty Italian journalists killed by mafias, terrorism and conflicts abroad.
It was born to be more than a simple archive, more than a single access door to existing information in scattered order on the events that led to the death of these 30 men and women. It is a tool at the service of collective memory, which must be constantly nourished to increase knowledge and improve understanding of the facts, to keep documents and testimonies and collect new ones, to prevent memories from fading from one generation to another and lose the sense of things. Therefore, "They were looking for the truth" also offers texts, reconstructions, testimonies that tell the human and professional history of these information workers killed during the course of their work.
World Press Freedom Day 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.
This year the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) will mark World Press Freedom Day, celebrated annually on May 3, by ringing alarm bells against the threats to press freedom and by reaffirming the vital importance of providing citizens with truthful, verified, unbiased information. Facing a global pandemic, the public’s right to know is more important than ever to protect their and others lives and to best respond to an impending economic crisis.
The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joins the IFJ in calling on governments to provide journalists with all the security and independence they need for doing their jobs, stop interfering with the press and provide transparency in their decisions.
To mark World Press Freedom Day, the IFJ is sharing testimonials from strong voices for journalism around the world who are fighting for a free press.
Among these voices: Croatian journalist Maja Sever
Read an interview with Maja on the European Federation of Journalists website