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#WorldPressFreedomDay 2024: Journalism's Role in the Environmental Crisis

World Press Freedom Day in 2024 marks a pivotal moment for journalism as it confronts the global environmental crisis. This day, celebrated every May 3rd, underscores the critical role of the press in fostering democratic societies by raising awareness about ecological issues such as climate change, deforestation, and pollution. In the face of increasing challenges like misinformation campaigns and attacks on scientific integrity, journalists worldwide strive to shed light on these urgent issues, providing accurate and timely information that is essential for effective climate action and policy-making.

This year's theme highlights the necessity of protecting journalists who often face risks in reporting environmental abuses and stresses the importance of freedom of expression and access to information. UNESCO’s guidelines urge a robust approach towards safeguarding digital platform governance and promoting Media and Information Literacy (MIL) to combat misinformation effectively. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this significant day, it serves as a reminder and a call to action for governments and media professionals to uphold and champion the principles of press freedom and integrity.