In 1993, the UN General Assembly earmarked 3 May as World Press Freedom Day following a recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991.
This day serves as an occasion to highlight to citizens the violations of press freedom. It is a reminder that publications and social media are censored, fined and suspended. A reminder that journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, and even killed across the globe.
This year’s celebration focuses on the theme
Journalism Under Digital Siege”
Many journalists have taken it to social media to express discontent in the limited freedom of press in the country that has left them unable to do their work properly. The Uganda Police and UPDF are listed among the top violators of freedom of expression. There is growing concern that the individual officers are never apprehended.
Journalists have also expressed concern over low pay by media houses that leaves them unable to meet their basic needs.