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Today Is World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2018

It’s not every day you see news outlets running ads encouraging people to read or watch its rivals!  This is the full-page ad in today’s edition of The New York Times.

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, dozens of news organizations are joining forces to promote high-quality journalism,

The point behind the ad campaign?  Strength in numbers. The ads encourage readers to check out a wide variety of news outlets, not just one.

The day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom and pays tribute to journalists who have died on the job. This year is particularly poignant because newsrooms are mourning the deaths of 10 journalists in Afghanistan earlier this week.

The most recent count includes 36 participating news outlets, ranging from the The New York Times to The Economist to National Review to CNN to NPR. Most are based in the United States, but some, like Rappler, are in other countries.

The tagline is “Read more. Listen more. Understand more.”

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