02.07.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kingston

World Press Freedom Day celebrated in the Caribbean

&Copy UNESCO Kingston OfficeParticipants in the WPFD 2013 Conference held in Curacao

"Safe to Speak: Securing, Freedom of Expression in All Media" worldwide theme of World Press Freedom Day 2013

UNESCO celebrated World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 3 May 2013 in Curacao in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Government of Curacao; Curacao Media Organization; Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM); Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU); Caribbean Media and Communication Institute (CARIMAC and Curacao National Commission for UNESCO.  Sixty-six (66) journalists and media professionals from nineteen (19) countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Curacao, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA) participated in the conference.

The worldwide theme of World Press Freedom Day was "Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media".  Consequently, the theme of the Caribbean World Press Freedom Day focused on the safety of journalists and decriminalization of defamation laws.  The WPFD celebration followed by a two-day Media and Communication conference entitled "Caribbean Media Summit".

Furthermore, eight plenary sessions were organized on the safety of journalists, decriminalizing of defamation, and voices against impunity, online safety for journalists, community media and sustainable livelihood, quality journalism education and gender Sensitive Indicators for Media.

Three parallel workshops on reporting elections, natural disaster and science and sustainable Development for Caribbean Media also organized during the conference.

The participants called for greater protection and better working environment for journalists in the Caribbean.


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