This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly (UNESCO) to maintain awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression. It was also to mark the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free-press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in 1991.
Today UNESCO will confer its Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to an individual, organisation or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom. The prize is named for Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated by drug barons in Bogotá on 17 December 1986.
How else to remember him today than with a Journalist cocktail?
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