The celebration of the Day of Journalist started in Ukraine on June 6, 1994, when first president of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk signed the Order on the establishment in Ukraine of the professional holiday of the mass media.
This date was not chosen accidentally. On June 6, 1992, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine was admitted to the International Federation of Journalists in Brussels, Belgium.
The profession of journalist appeared in Ukraine in the 19th century. It tried to develop during the next 100 years; however, the journalists were allowed to cover only Soviet propaganda issues.
The independence of Ukraine revived the traditions of Ukrainian journalism. However, it faced new risks and challenges – self-censorship, the heavy legacy of post-totalitarian past, readiness to write promoted stories, and so on. Nevertheless, Ukrainian journalism continues to develop, fulfilling one of the most important functions – covering issues important for society, opening and holding discussions necessary for the development of the society.
Today, not only mass media workers celebrate this holiday. It is hard to overestimate the importance of the work of the journalist as they bring information to people and hold public awareness campaigns. Finally, the journalists are even called the “fourth estate”.