Journalist Day in Ukraine Date in the current year: June 6, 2016

Journalist Day in Ukraine Journalist Day is an official professional holiday in Ukraine celebrated on June 6. It was established in 1994 by President Leonid Kravchuk and has been celebrated each year ever since.

The date of June 6 was chosen because on this day in 1992, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine became a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). The IFJ is the world's largest federation of journalists' trade unions. The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine is also a member of the European Federation of Journalists.

Ukrainian Journalist Day is the professional holiday of all Ukrainian journalists, reporters, and editors. Other mass media workers often celebrate it, too, although they have their own professional holiday – Day of Radio, Television and Communication Workers celebrated on November 16. Journalist Day is not a non-working day unless it falls on a weekend.

Journalist Day is marked with ceremonies, symposiums and informal events such as parties and picnics. During the rule of President Viktor Yanukovich, Ukrainian journalists used to hold peaceful demonstrations on this day, protesting against censorship and demanding protection of the freedom of press and the right to freedom of expression.

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