World Press Freedom Day Celebration: Media Freedom for a Better Future- Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNESCO Amman Representative Constanza Farina welcomes guests at the celebration of World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd, 2014

The UNESCO Amman Office celebrates each year World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on May 3rd with various activities.

World Press Freedom Day commemorates the importance of press freedom:

  • To evaluate press freedom around the world;
  • To defend the media from attacks on their independence;
  • To pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

This year, under the theme for World Press Freedom Day 2014: “Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the post- 2015 Development Agenda”, the UNESCO Amman office held a full day event under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali, to commemorate the event with local partners and media. Two consultations were held to gather recommendations from representatives of civil society institutions, media stakeholders and professionals, to feed into the dialogues for the Post 2015 Development Agenda and the Beijing+20 (Women and the Media) initiatives.

In previous years, other initiatives were taken on the occasion of the WPFD:

  • In 2012, a two-day training on the role of new media in advocacy for press freedom was conducted
  • In 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, mainly focused on the need for independent media self-regulation in Jordan.
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