World Press Freedom Day celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration

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In 1991, the United Nation Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held a conference in the Namibian capital, Windhoek. The aim of the conference was to promote the independence and pluralism of African Press and to allieviate the pressure and violence endure by the African media workers. At the end of the conference, on May 3, the Windhoek Declaration was adopted. It called for a free, independent, pluralistic media worldwide. This document has since influenced and inspired many others.  

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, 40 journalists and media experts have contributed articles on the state of media freedom and expression, access to information and media diversity and pluralism in sub-Saharan Africa.

All the articles are available free of charge for publication to all media thanks to Media Institute of Southern Africa.

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