World Press Freedom Day International Conference

© UNESCO/Serge Daniel
Journalists of CMC in Koutiala read together the papers in N'KO. Koutiala Mali

In a first for Australia and the Pacific region, the University of Queensland will host the World Press Freedom Day celebration in 2010. The theme for this year is Freedom of Information: the Right to Know. The conference will focus on freedom of information and media freedom issues worldwide, with special emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.

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 02.05.2010 07:00 local time
End 03.05.2010 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Coudray, Sylvie
Organizer UNESCO, CI/FED
Contact Sylvie Coudray
Country Australia
City Brisbane
Venue University of Queensland
Street Sir Fred Schonell Drive
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
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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