The European Union (EU) on 3 May 2017 joined the rest of the world to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. It was under the theme "Critical Minds for Critical Times". In Ghana the event was marked with a public lecture organised by the Ghana Journalist Association in collaboration with UNESCO, the European Union and other organisations themed "Media's Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies".
The United Nations Coordinator in Ghana read a message by the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Orina Bokova, to mark the Day, while the EU Ambassador in Ghana, Mr. William Hanna, also highlighted on the message by the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU to mark the occasion.
Ambassador Hanna stressed the resolve and determination by the EU to promote freedom of opinion and expression as a right to be exercised by everyone everywhere, based on the principles of equality, non-discrimination and universality, through the media and regardless of frontiers.
He also informed the media about Europe Week celebrations in Ghana from 3 May to 9 May, Europe Day, recounting that as Ghana celebrates 60 years of its independence this year, the European Union was also celebrating 60 years of the Rome Treaties, and taking stock of its activities for a better future.