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Celebration of World Press Freedom Day

Logo de la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse – le 3 mai à Quito  

UNESCO Quito Office is celebrating the World Press Freedom Day 2010 by organizing four major activities to strengthen press freedom and freedom of expression in the region.

"Freedom of the press and the right to information in the Andean region" will be the topic of a conference organized by the UNESCO Quito office along with a local partner. The conference will gather together representatives of the media, governmental bodies, academia and civil society to discuss the progress and challenges of right to information in Latin America.

The Quito office will prepare a supplement insert for the World Press Freedom Day edition (3 May) of El Comercio, one of Ecuador’s leading national newspapers. The insert will be circulated to the paper’s subscribers and seeks to promote public awareness about the challenges and importance of a free press.

A press kit will be prepared for the major media outlets and partners across the region. This press kit will include: a press release about World Press Freedom Day; the WPFD message from the UNESCO Director-General; an analysis paper that explores the situation of press freedom and right to information in Latin America and particularly in the Andean countries; information on the World Press Freedom Prize; information about applying the right to information in the region; and office publications. The press kit aims to strengthen public awareness about issues of press freedom by providing applicable materials for journalists and news outlets to produce news articles. Press kits will be sent to the print and electronic media in the Andean countries, as well as distributed through the National Commissions.

To conduct awareness activities for young people about the importance of freedom of expression and the press in democratic societies, the Quito office will also develop educational packets for secondary schools in the Andean countries. Educational exercises with corresponding teacher guides and background materials will be distributed to high schools and teachers in the region. The packets will include class exercises and information about the right to information.

A conference on the state of press freedom in Colombia, entitled "Challenges and Threats for Journalism in Colombia” (“Retos y amenazas del periodismo en Colombia") will be supported by UNESCO-Quito and organized by Consejo de Redacción. This event will take place on 3 May 2010 at Centro de Convenciones, Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia.

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 Category 8-Symposium
Start 03.05.2010 08:00 local time
End 03.05.2010 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Gonzalez, Rosa Maria
Organizer UNESCO Quito Office
Contact Rosa Maria Gonzalez
Country Ecuador
City Quito
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event Spanish
Estimated number of participants 200
Official Website World Press Freedom Day 2010 / Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse - 2010
Link 1 Press Freedom / Liberté de la presse
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