World Press Freedom Day
The UNESCO Amman Office each year celebrates World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on May 3rd with various activities. In 2012, a two-day training workshop on the role of new media in advocacy for press freedom was conducted. For 2013, UNESCO Amman Office sponsored four TV programs on Roy’a TV where UNESCO staff and partners took part in interviews and discussions on issues relating to this year’s WPFD theme. Beyond that, UNESCO Amman office organized a closed debate for a group of media advocates including law experts, journalists, decisions makers and renowned media activists to discuss this year’s theme with emphasis on freedom of expression on the internet. The debate was held over an informal lunch which was also a chance to thank the participants for their continuous efforts in promoting freedom of expression in Jordan. A set of recommendations came out of the debate, namely the need for independent media self regulation in Jordan.