02.05.2011 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Debate on 21st century media celebrates the World Press Freedom Day, 3 May

©Antonio Cruz/ABr -Opening ceremony of the Seminar

The discussion about the growing role of the internet, the emergence of new media and the rise of social networking celebrates the World Press Freedom Day in 2011 – on 3 May – all around the world.

Over 100 countries are planning events to celebrate the date and to remember the importance of a free, independent and plural press for democratic societies. In Brazil, the day will be celebrated in the International Seminar 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers, to be held on 3 May at the auditorium of the Rio Branco Institute, in Brasilia.

The International Seminar will discuss the role of new media in strengthening press freedom as well as the risks posed to that fundamental right of all people. Issues such as the activity of the organization Wikileaks, the power of social networks and the ethics of journalism on the Internet will be part of the discussions. The speakers will be Andrew Puddephatt, director of Global Partners and Associates, an organization that promotes good governance, democracy and human rights, and Caio Tulio Costa, a journalist and digital media consultant, author of, among others, the book "Ethics, Journalism and New media: a provisional morality". The journalist Mauro Malin, assistant editor of Observatório Online and collaborator of the Via Pública Institute will moderate the debate.
The opening ceremony will have the presences of Minister Helena Chagas, of the Secretariat for Social Communication – Presidency of the Republic, Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Minister of External Relations, Vincent Defourny, UNESCO Representative in Brazil, and Ambassador Georges Lamazière, director of the Rio Branco Institute. The organization of the seminar is a partnership of UNESCO in Brazil, the Secretariat for Social Communication – Presidency of the Republic, Ministry of External Relations and Rio Branco Institute. Admission is free and registrations were accepted by e-mail (liderdadedeexpressao@unesco.org.br) until the capacity of the auditorium. The seminar will be broadcasted live by NBR TV.

May 3 celebrations

The date May 3 of 2011 will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, a document adopted by the United Nations in 1991 at a conference in Windhoek, Namibia, on the development of a free press. The Declaration emphasizes the importance of a free, independent and pluralistic press for the development and preservation of democracy and economic development. The establishment of the World Press Freedom Day by United Nations occurred two years after the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration.

United Nations Joint Message on the World Press Freedom Day of 2011

Windhoek Declaration

World Press Freedom Day website

• See more on the events around the world for the World Press Freedom Day of 2011


UNESCO in Brazil:
Ana Lúcia Guimarães and Isabel de Paula
Telephones: (61) 2106-3536, (61) 9966 3287, (61) 2106-3538
E-mails:  ana.guimaraes@unesco.org.br, isabel.paula@unesco.org.br

Secretariat for Social Communication – Presidency of the Republic
Murilo Gabrielli
Telephone: 3411-1130
E-mail: murilo.gabrielli@planalto.gov.br 

Ministry of External Relations:
João Paulo Tavares
Telephone: (61) 3411-8006
E-mail: joao.tavares@itamaraty.gov.br

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