24.11.2016 - Communication & Information Sector

Indonesia gears up to host World Press Freedom Day 2017

Pressing for freedom (left to right): Sylvie Coudray (UNESCO), Nezar Patria (The Jakarta Post), Ratna Komala (Member of Indonesian Press Council), Ahmad Djauhar (Press Council of Indonesia); Frank La Rue (UNESCO); Bambang Harymurti (Tempo); and Christiana Chelsia Chan (Press Council of Indonesia). © UNESCO

Bringing a pop-up banner with them to UNESCO Headquarters, a delegation travelled from Jakarta to Paris last week to discuss next year’s global World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) commemoration to be held in Indonesia.

Under the auspices of the Press Council of Indonesia, and along with prominent editors and a representative of the country’s delegation to UNESCO, the visitors held a working meeting with the UNESCO Secretariat.

The 2017 WPFD will take place from 1 to 4 May in Jakarta, and is jointly organized by UNESCO, Indonesian Press Council, and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.

Discussions centred around the format of the event, which has a day set aside for prior side-events, and which will also be adjacent to a regional meeting of Press Councils.

On 3 May, the award ceremony will take place of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. A call for nominations has already been issued.

The meeting also discussed the Youth News Room, which has become a regular feature of the annual WPFD conference. The 2016 event was held in Helsinki, Finland, which produced the Finlandia Declaration.

This declaration was referenced last week in a decision by the intergovernmental Council of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), along with the 2015 Riga Declaration.

On behalf of the Jakarta visitors, Bambang Harymurti addressed the IPDC Council during the group’s time in Paris in order to help publicise the hosting of the 2017 WPFD in Indonesia.

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