World Press Freedom Day – Global Solidarity | Free Word

3 May 2019
19:00 21:00-

Presented by:
National Union of Journalists


A celebration of the fundamental principles of press freedom

In the wake of the murder of Lyra McKee, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) will pay tribute to her life and work at this event to mark World Press Freedom Day. We will also assess the challenges facing journalists and press freedom throughout the world, paying homage to journalists who are currently in prison, as well as to those who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993. Since then, 3 May, is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. This NUJ event provides an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom throughout the world and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Speakers include: Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary; Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party; Kasra Naji, NUJ member and Special Correspondent (BBC Persian TV); and Dr Carmen Draghici, Senior Lecturer in Law and Academic Visitor Programme Director at The City Law School, University of London. Chaired by TUC Senior International Officer, Mariela Kohon. Other speakers to be confirmed.

All sales from tickets will go to their IFJ Safety Fund: The International Federation of Journalists Safety Fund, a lifeline for journalists facing violence, persecution and threat or needing medical treatment. It is a shining example of journalist to journalist solidarity, providing immediate relief to those in danger and need around the world. The Safety Fund offers financial assistance in a range of emergency cases such as threats, violence and threats thereof, prosecution, settlement in exile and illness.

3 May 2019
19:00 - 21:00

National Union of Journalists


Jeremy Corbyn

Leader of the Labour Party

Michelle Stanistreet

NUJ General Secretary

Mariela Kohon

TUC Senior International Officer 

Kasra Naji

NUJ member and Special Correspondent

Dr Carmen Draghici

Senior Lecturer in Law, Academic Visitor Programme Director



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre (when set up theatre style) and in all meeting rooms
  • If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.


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