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Presentations and Open discussion on “The Media Landscape in Lao PDR”

UNESCO with support of the Lao PDR United Nations Communications Group and in close collaboration with the Lao Journalist Association is celebrating the World Press Freedom Day under the theme “The Media Landscape in Lao PDR”. The commemoration will take place on 3 May 2012 in Ventiane, Lao PDR. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion of related topics, such as media law and media practice, development opportunities and challenges.
The aims of the celebration are:

• To focus on the media law and media practice in Lao PDR,
• To discuss the media landscape in Lao PDR and in Thailand, and
• To elaborate on UNESCO’s media development indicators.

The programme of the celebration is indicated below:

• 9.00 am Welcome (Mr. Minh H. Pham, UN Resident Coordinator, Lao PDR)
• 9.10 am Opening speech (Etienne Clement, Deputy Director UNESCO Bangkok)
• 9.20 am Media Development Indicators (Dieter Schlenker, UNESCO Bangkok)
• 9.30 am Media Landscape in Thailand (Pradit Ruangdit, Secretary General, Thai Journalist Association)
• 9.40 am Media Landscape in Lao PDR (Vannaphone Sitthirath, Media Consultant, Lao PDR)
• 9.50 am Media Law and media practice in Lao PDR (Somsanouk Mixay, Deputy President, Lao Journalist Association)
• 10-11 am Open Discussion, Questions & Answers


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 03.05.2012 08:00 local time
End 03.05.2012 12:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Dieter SCHLENKER
Organizer UNESCO Bangkok Office
Contact Dieter Schlenker (
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
City Ventiane
Permanent Delegation Contact Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Thailand to UNESCO
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 World Press Freedom Day 2012
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