The United Nations established May 3rd as World Press Freedom Day.  This is to help keep the ideals of a free press in the minds of the people of the world and why this is important.  The date was chosen due to the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek a statement of principles by African newspapers in 1991.  The UN designated the World Press Freedom Day in 1993.  Along with other activities the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize prize was established to be given to a group, individual or organization who has furthered the establishment of freedom of the press especially in a dangerous situation.  The prize was named in honor of the director of “El Espector” who was gunned down in front of the offices by the drug cartels.  In 2007, on the tenth anniversary of the murder, the prize was awarded in the town where he was killed, Medellin, Columbia.

Links:
Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Press_Freedom_Day

General
http://www.worldpressfreedomday.org/
http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/press/
http://www.un.org/events/pressday/2006/

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