Celebration of World Press Freedom Day

Moroccan reading a newspaper in the street

UNESCO Rabat Office is organizing a sub-regional contest of opinion articles on the theme “Freedom of Information: the Right to Know, Which future for the Maghreb?” which is intended to journalists working for the Maghreb press. The winner will be announced during the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd, 2010, in Nouakchott.
All the journalists from Maghreb countries are invited to submit an article from 800 to 900 words in French or Arabic via the online platform of the UNESCO Rabat Office website before March 31st, 2010.

The winner will receive a 3000 US$ subsidy to carry out a training within the press or school institutions of the contest partners.

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 07:00 local time
End 03.05.2010 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Ito, Misako
Organizer UNESCO Rabat Office
Contact Misako Ito
Country Mauritania
City Nouakchott
Venue Hôtel Al Khaima (Morning) - Commission nationale mauritanienne (Afternoon)
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event French, Arabic
Estimated number of participants
Official Website World Press Freedom Day 2010 / Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse - 2010
Link 1 UNESCO Rabat Office - News / Actualité du Bureau de l'UNESCO à Rabat
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