Bloomberg – World Press Freedom Day
Bloomberg recently commemorated 30th World Press Freedom Day. Unfortunately, this day of appreciation comes at a time when journalists in numerous nations face threats just for performing their jobs, and freedom of expression is under attack.
The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 to be World Press Freedom Day, which is observed to raise awareness of the importance of press freedom and to remind governments of their responsibility to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined in Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as to commemorate the anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, a statement of free press principles drafted by African newspaper journalists in Windhoek.
World Press Freedom Day
“We need to support journalists who are reporting under extremely difficult circumstances in far too many countries around the world now more than ever,” said Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait. “The detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in Russia is a chilling example of the urgent need to protect independent journalism and the people who do this hugely important work that is essential in any democratic society.”
Bloomberg is dedicated to the protection of journalists, media accuracy, and a free and fair press across the world. Since 1994, the corporation has contributed more than $40 million in non-profit groups that train and protect journalists, promote free expression, and advance human rights across the world.
We continue to support organizations that advocate for press freedom, such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, International Women’s Media Foundation, International News Safety Institute, Reporters Without Borders, and many more around the world.
In addition, the Bloomberg Global Business and Financial journalistic Education Initiative was founded to assist develop and nurture journalistic talent throughout the world. Over the past two decades, the effort has grown to include 41 journalism training programs to promote business and economic reporting, with over 25,000 students participating to date. As part of this mission, we seek to inspire the next generation through specialized mentorship programs, such as the Bloomberg Journalism Diversity Program, which targets students in the United States and the United Kingdom.