The World Press Freedom Day is a day designated to celebrate press freedom, right to free expression and the works of journalists.

This year, UNESCO led the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day which took place in Accra, Ghana on 2 – 3 May. The celebration was patronized by both local and international delegates from across the world including journalists, media practitioners and media owners. The celebration was filled with cultural displays and a sense of freedom for all journalists emanating from the theme: “Keeping power in check: media, justice and the rule of law.”

The celebration was graced with the presence of the Deputy Secretary General of UNESCO, The President of the Republic of Ghana, and other key sponsors and partners of this year’s event. Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, was selected by an independent international jury of media professionals as the laureate of the 2018 UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his speech said the Ghanaian people will continue to defend the right to free expression to the very end, because of their determination to build a free, open society with accountable governance. According to President Akufo-Addo, “Ghanaians have manifested, in the 4th Republic, their deep attachment to the principles of democratic accountability, respect for individual liberties and human rights, and the rule of law.”

PAYNCoP’s National Coordinator in Ghana and #YouthOfUNESCO Nadia Owusu was present to join the discourse and conversations around World Press Freedom, which ended with a closing dinner at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra.