“And Tomorrow?” – World Press Freedom Day 2019

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Regards, Photo by Gerda Taro, “Guernica! Almeria! Et Demain?”, June 10, 1937 (2007.82.10)


Chim (David Seymour), [Crowd listening to a speech by Socialist Pietro Nenni, Basilica di Massenzio, Rome], March 11, 1948 (2011.31.1)


Paul Schutzer, [Crowd at mall in front of Lincoln Memorial, March on Washington], August 28, 1963 (2455.2005)


Catherine Leroy, Flares over the Da Nang River on the eve of the Tet Offensive, January 31, 1968, (2011.73.6)


Kai Wiedenhöfer, Illegal demonstration of women in front of Teheran University for political freedom and equal rights for women shortly before the presidential election in Iran, June 2005, (2013.7.11)


Lu Guang, The Tianjin Steel Plant is a highly polluting enterprise that is deeply affecting the lives of the local residents, She County [Shexian], Hebei Province, “Pollution in China,” March 18, 2008 (2012.14.7)

“While covering the Republican offensive in Brunete in July 1937, Gerda Taro (1910-1937) was crushed by a Loyalist tank in the confusion of retreat, and died several days later.” Chim (David Seymour) (1911-1956) “was killed by Egyptian sniper fire while on assignment in the Suez in 1956.” Paul Schutzer (1930–1967) died in the Gaza Strip while photographing the Six-Day War. Catherine Leroy (1945-2006) died of cancer. Lu Guang was arrested in China. Photographing today for a better tomorrow.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, May 3d, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

It is an opportunity to:

-celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
-assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
-defend the media from attacks on their independence;
-and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The 2019 theme is “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.”
un.org

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