Since 1994, every year on June 27, Uzbekistan celebrates the Day of Press and Mass Media Workers.
This professional holiday was established by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan I. Karimov on June 24, 1993. The Decree states that the purpose of establishing the Day of Press and Mass Media Workers is the need to recognize the merits of the press and the mass media in promoting the ideas of state sovereignty, in building a new democratic society, educating the population in the spirit of devotion to the Motherland, and also taking into account the numerous proposals of groups of journalists, writers, scientists and the general public.
Currently, the processes of deepening democratic reforms and the formation of civil society are underway in the Republic, in connection with which much attention is paid to reforming the information sphere and ensuring freedom of information and speech.
Today, more than 1,500 titles of periodicals are published in Uzbekistan, which is one and a half times more than 10 years ago. And the number of electronic media over the years has increased seven times. The number of non-state television and radio broadcasting has increased - more than 50 percent of operating TV channels and 85 percent of radio stations are non-state. A feature of the media of Uzbekistan is their national character - the media of the country broadcast and are published in seven languages of the nations and nationalities living in Uzbekistan, there are publications in English.
By tradition, the celebrations include solemn events with awards to the best in the profession, press conferences, briefings, interviews, which are accompanied by a display of documentary materials about the hard work of the media. Also on this day, the memory of journalists who gave their lives in the line of duty is honored.