28.04.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

UNESCO Dakar celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2012

© UNESCO/Sergio Santimano

UNESCO's Regional Office in Dakar is celebrating World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2012 in collaboration with the Senegalese Ministry of Communication.

The celebration will be in the form of a Conference at UNESCO BREDA Conference room from 8:00am to 1.30 pm.

The conference will look into two themes:

  • The Role of the Press in the Consolidation of Democracy
  • The Online Media and Social networks faced with the challenges of Ethics and professional conduct

It will bring together the UN system in Senegal, the Ministry of Communication, the School of Journalism in Dakar (CESTI) and unions such as SYNPICS among others.

Catalyst for social and political change

UNESCO celebrates Press Freedom Day every year as an opportunity to promote strong awareness for governments and the public on the importance of free speech and freedom of the press which are considered as two pillars of democracy.

At the international level, UNESCO will celebrate World Press Freedom Day in Tunisia this year, with a three-day programme of events focused on the role of the media as a catalyst for social and political change.  

One of the highlights will be the award ceremony on 3rd May for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. This year’s laureates are the Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Eynulla Fatullayev. 

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