03.05.2013 - Communication & Information Sector

World Press Freedom Day celebrated in Tunisia

Distribution of the newspaper produced by journalism students from IPSI on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day - © UNESCO/Arthur Perset

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), UNESCO Project Office in Tunisia organizes, with the support of local and international partners, a day long conference in Tunis.

The event will bring together journalists, media professionals, civil society as well as governmental representatives and foreign experts. It aims to provide a professional and public platform to foster dialogue and exchanges on Freedom of Expression and Press Freedom as fundamental pillars of a democratic society, and to establish an inventory of Freedom of Expression in Tunisia two years after the 14 January 2011 Revolution. 

The conference on 3 May entitled "Safe to speak: ensuring freedom of expression in all media" will focus - through a set of workshops - on issues of journalists’ safety, challenges met in establishing and implementing code of ethics, the impact of media outlets in regional development, and women in Tunisian media, with journalists testimonies from Tunis and the regions, and a presentation of the United Nations Plan of Action on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity.

On this occasion the public television and radio will present their drafts code of ethics, the Tunisian Federation of Press Managers will present the code of ethics of Maghreb media professionals established with the support of European Union, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters will present its report diagnosis on Tunisian community and local radios supported by UNESCO, the Arab Working Group for Media Monitoring will present a report on women's image in Tunisian media, and the Tunis Centre for Press Freedom will present its reports on violence against women journalists in Tunisia.

Alongside the event, students of the Institute of Press and Information Science will be distributing, both at the conference and in the streets, a newspaper they have published for the occasion. Parts of their newspaper will also be published, in Arabic and French, in mainstream newspapers. 

The WPFD conference receives support from the Kingdom of Spain and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Detailed programme is available here (in French).




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