Why is press freedom important? Latin American journalists, experts weigh in on World Press Freedom Day

Journalists and freedom of expression advocates around the globe celebrated World Press Freedom Day on May 3.

The celebration, started by the UN General Assembly in 1993, is marked with conferences, campaigns and reports on the state of freedom of expression.

To mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas asked journalists and press freedom experts in Latin America a simple question: why is press freedom important?

We posted their responses on Twitter and Facebook throughout the day and they were shared across the region.

Why is Press Freedom Important?

Ileana Alamilla Bustamante

José Ruben Zamora

Lourdes de Obaldia

Gustavo Mohme

Luz Mely Reyes

Emilia Díaz-Struck

Javier Garza

Miguel paz

Gonzalo Zegarra

Mauricio Jaramillo Marín

Carlos Lauría

Katherine Pennacchio

Anabel Hernández

Carlos Eduardo Huertas

Edison Lanza

Laura Zommer

Raúl Peñaranda

Isabela Ponce

Catalina Botero

Guilherme Canela



Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.