Freedom of Information: The Right to Know at the time of Chile's Bicentennial of Independence

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Newspaper stand; Cuba, Havana

A series of activities will encourage reflection and debate as well as the symbolic commemoration of the date, and gather the forces of various bodies together with the UNESCO's Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. A seminar-workshop designed to stimulate discussion on the matter and put into context the main issues related to freedom of information in the continent will take place on 4 May in Santiago and two complementary activities are being organized under the framework of the Commemoration of World Press Freedom Day 2010 in Chile.
Partners in this initiative include the Freedom of Expression Programme of the Communications and Image Institute at the University of Chile, UNESCO Chair in mass media and citizen participation at Diego Portales University, the Chilean Journalists Association and The Library of Santiago.

On 3 May, a monument paying tribute to Fray Camilo Henríquez will be inaugurated, in a ceremony hosted by the National Council of the College of Journalism. On 4 May, at 6:00 PM, there will be a formal launch of the book "The Owners of The Word" (Los dueños de la palabra) by Guillermo Mastrini (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and Martín Becerra (Universidad de Quilmes).

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 07:00 local time
End 04.05.2010 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Alberti, Gloria
Organizer UNESCO's Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, the National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO; the Freedom of Expression programme of the Communications and Image Institute of Universidad de Chile, etc.
Contact Gloria Alberti
Country Chile
City Santiago
Venue Library of Santiago
Street Avenida Matucana 151
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event Spanish
Estimated number of participants 150
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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