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Celebration of World Press Freedom Day

© UNESCO Dhaka Office
Winners of UNESCO Bangladesh Journalism Awards 2009

UNESCO Dhaka Office is celebrating the World Press Freedom Day by giving away the "UNESCO Bangladesh Journalism Award" for the best investigative report through a ceremony to be held on 3 May 2010.
The objective is to encourage investigative journalism in particular and quality reporting in general. Through this award UNESCO strives to reinforce the importance of press freedom among general people as well as civil society and government. UNESCO Dhaka also uses this occasion to promote media-friendly laws and foster an enabling environment where the media can work independently and serve public interest.

World Press Freedom Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December, 1993, as an outgrowth of the Seminar on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press. This Seminar took place in Windhoek, Namibia, from 29 April to 3 May 1991, and led to the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media. The Windhoek Declaration called for the establishment, maintenance and fostering of an independent, pluralistic and free press and emphasized the importance of a free press to the development and maintenance of democracy in a nation, and for economic development.

Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.


Type of Event Prize-giving ceremony
Start 03.05.2010 08:00 local time
End 03.05.2010 12:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Ahsan, Shamim
Organizer Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO (BNCU)
Contact Shamim Ahsan Khan
Country Bangladesh
City Dhaka
Venue Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO Auditorium
Street 1 Asian Highway, Palassy, Nilkhet
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event
Estimated number of participants 80
Official Website
Link 1 Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO (BNCU)
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