Since 2013 Denver’s Africa Agenda has led the World Press Day celebrations in Colorado.

World Press Freedom Day is the day set aside to recognize the contributions of journalists and bloggers around the world as well as the importance to internet freedom as a foundation for international development. Celebrated on May 3 each year, 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 3, 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;
  • pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Africa Agenda
Panelists at the 2016 Press Freedom Day event in Denver: From Left to right: Marcelo Ramirez (University of Denver student), professor Robert Uttaro (University of Denver), Sherri Maning (ENCA Farms), George Bamu (Africa Agenda), Charles Kirya (former journalist from Uganda), Tony Showcross (Denver Open Media) Susan Abbott (moderator)

According to the organization’s founder, George Bamu, the purpose has been to honor the many men and women who provide vital news and information to the African people and continent.

Africa Agenda events vis-à-vis World Press Freedom Day have focused on supporting freedom of expression in Africa and what the future holds for the continent in terms of the digital transformation into cell phones, the internet and democracy.

Africa Agenda

Other events have focused on independent media, and civil society.