Briefing Session on UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Celebration Events
18 May 2011 (14:00-14:30); Room IV, International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland
The briefing session on World Press Freedom Day 2011 was organized by UNESCO to share information about the outcomes of the WPFD conferences held around the world in the period between 1 and 3 May 2011. The major WPFD event 2011 in Washington D.C. was co-organized by UNESCO with the U.S. State Department and over 20 civil society partners.
The conference focused on the theme “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers” and explored the growing role of the internet, the emergence of new media and the rise in social networking in recent years. On 4 May UNESCO and UN DPI organized an event in UN HQ marking 20th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration which laid grounds to WPFD celebrations. Several dozen other conferences of the press freedom took place on all continents.
In parallel with its global advocacy initiatives, UNESCO is working on a publication on Internet freedom titled “Freedom of Connection – Freedom of Expression: The Changing Legal and Regulatory Ecology Shaping the Internet”. The publication pioneered in examining the complex situation of freedom of expression on Internet in a broad context of policy and practice around the globe, and will be officially launched at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 30 May 2011.
- Ms Xianhong Hu, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO