World Press Freedom Day | May 3

The 2024 theme for World Press Freedom Day is “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the face of the Environmental Crisis.”

Read about Sandi Bachom. Link below.


The Journey is the Destination [Trailer]

Produced by:Kathy Eldon
This feature film tells the story of Dan Eldon, the heroic journalist who was killed while working as a photo-journalist in Somalia.

Eva Haller Salon (excerpt) - William Siemering

Produced by:Eva Haller


Produced by:by Jeanne Meyers & Wendy Milette
Esther Wojcicki shares her vision for a Moonshot Movement in Education.

Thanks to the Whistleblowers

Producer: Dave Puls

A musical tribute to the courage of those who stood up for justice.

Brian Lamb - A Hero for Maintaining Democracy

Producer: McKenna Young

Brian Lamb, the hero behind C-SPAN believes the press has an important role in preserving democracy.

Freedom Writers: Stories From an Undeclared War [Trailer]

Produced by:Freedom Writers Foundation
Inspired by their teacher, Erin Gruwell, and the writings of Anne Frank, the students discover a new way to express themselves.

About Dan Eldon

Produced by:Jason Russell
Dan Eldon was a photojournalist who used his creativity to effect positive change for those in need. He was killed while on assignment in Somalia, but his spirit lives on in the Creative Visions Foundation, founded by his mother and sister.

My Hero suggested viewing

Video Volunteers | World Press Freedom Day



These brave journalists of past and present document and share important news to keep the public informed. Only armed with information can society make changes to beat odds, change practices, and uphold the importance of humanity for all.


Sandi Bachom

By: Shannon Luders-Manuel

Sandi Bachom is a fearless, 75-year-old videographer and MY HERO Film Festival winner who lives in New York City. She is currently covering COVID-19.

Bill Siemering

By: Joy Wolf
Bill Siemering is a founding board member of NPR and created its first mission statement.

Nellie Bly

By: Lauren
Nellie Bly was a pioneer in investigative journalism who went undercover in a mental institution and traveled around the world in a record-breaking 72 days.

Daniel Ellsberg

By: Robert Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg is a whistleblower and truth-teller responsible for publishing the Pentagon Papers in the Washington Post.

Listen & Read Along

Dan Eldon

By: Wendy Jewell
Dan Eldon inspired Kathy Eldon with his art, his poetry and his life.

The UN established World Press Freedom Day as part of the Declaration of Human Rights because a free press is a human right. 

Art depicting journalists who have made sacrifices to report the truth

Robert Shetterly

Produced by:The MY HERO Project

Robert Shetterly created his portrait project American Who Tell the Truth to celebrate those individuals including journalists and whistle blowers, courageous in their words and deeds.

Daniel Ellsberg by Robert Shetterly,

By: Robert Shetterly from Americans Who Tell the Truth
Daniel Ellsberg decided to expose the Pentagon Papers which helped end the Vietnam War.

Irene Fernandez by Tom Block of The Human Rights Painting Project who identified Irene Fernandez as a journalist who reported on human rights abuses

By: Tom Block

Natalia Estemirova was a prominent human rights defender and journalist in the troubled Russian republic of Chechnya

By: Denise Beaudet

Stories from the Christian Science Monitor

Russia’s first homefront casualties: Reporters and the press

By: Fred Weir CSM Special correspondent
Russian media are imploding, with most independent outlets shut by the government .

In Russia, protesters risk prison charges to speak out about Ukraine

By: Staff writer Associated Press
In Russia, protesters risk prison charges to speak out about Ukraine

Teachers: Visit the free MY HERO Lesson Plan for World Press Freedom Day. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.


The Israel-Gaza war has taken a severe toll on journalists since Hamas launched its attack against Israel on October 7 and Israel declared war on the militant Palestinian group, launching strikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, as of April 2024:

  • 95 journalists and media workers were confirmed dead: 90 Palestinian, 2 Israeli, and 3 Lebanese.
  • 16 journalists were reported injured.
  • 4 journalists were reported missing.
  • 25 journalists were reported arrested.

Our Curators


Short films curated by MY HERO International Film Festival director Wendy Milette



Hero Stories curated by MY HERO General Editors Deborah Neff and Abigail Richardson. 


Audio curated by MY HERO Audio director Stu Pearlman. 

Organizer created on 4/16/2014 6:05:35 PM by Becky Miller

Last edited 4/8/2024 5:22:58 AM by Abigail Richardson