UNESCO, an arm of the United Nations, is holding its annual free press conference in Uruguay this year. The theme is “Journalism under Digital Siege,” hitting on freedom of expression, safety of journalists, privacy, access to information, and more.
Pope Francis acknowledged the press freedom day on Sunday, telling worshipers, “I pay homage to journalists who pay with their lives to serve this right.”
How to participate
Organizations like the National Press Club and PEN America will be producing events that anyone can attend virtually. Here are a few:
Biden led standing ovation for fallen journalists
A little bit later, during his address, Biden said “we’ve all seen the courage of the Ukrainian people because of the courage of American reporters in this room and your colleagues across the world who are on the ground, taking their lives in their own hands.” And he evoked Donald Trump’s “enemy of the people” attack and rejected it, saying, “at your best, you’re guardians of the truth.”
Biden was followed by the night’s entertainer, Trevor Noah, who saluted war correspondents in between his jokes about the press and the president. Noah’s strongest media critique came right at the end:
“I stood here tonight and I made fun of the President of the United States and I’m going to be fine. Do you understand what a blessing it is? It might slip your mind, it’s a blessing. Ask yourself this question: If Russian journalists are fighting to report on what their own government is doing, if they had the freedom to write any words to ask any question, if they had basically what you had, would they be using it in the same way you do? Ask yourself that question every day.”
Dangers confronted by Ukrainian journalists
Charles M. Sennott, the founder and editor in chief of The GroundTruth Project, recently traveled to Kyiv and spoke with Ukrainian journalists about the many dangers of war coverage.