Press Coverage

General overview of selected international media coverage of the World Press Freedom Day related topics

 

IFEX: WPFD 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 – Last month, Egyptian blogger and activist Maikel Nabil Sanad was sentenced to three years in jail for insulting and publishing false news about the military. His crime was writing a recent blog post that criticised the lack of transparency in the military. This month, more than 800 participants from around the world are converging in Washington, D.C., to explore the idea that just as new media is being used to promote freedom, regimes are creating ways to suppress online voices.

Read the full IFEX article online here: http://www.ifex.org/international/2011/05/04/wpfd_2011_theme/

Press Statement - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Washington, DC (Tuesday, May 3, 2011) – On this May 3 as we observe World Press Freedom Day, we take time to honor those who promote and protect the freedom of expression, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while giving voice to those who may not have the opportunity to express themselves freely -- including the journalists recently killed while bravely covering the crisis in Libya.

Read the full press release by the US Secretary of State online here: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/05/162507.htm

UN Radio Interview with UNESCO ADG Janis Karklins

May 3, 2011 – On World Press Freedom Day, Assistant Director-General for Communication at UNESCO, Janis Karklins, told Gerry Adams about some of the changes that have been taking place in the media over the past 20 years.

Listen to the full interview here (Duration 2'27"): http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/detail/120753.html

More than 800 Call for Freedom for Journalists during World Press Freedom Day 2011 Commemorations in Washington, DC

Washington, DC (Tuesday, May 3, 2011) – More than 800 journalists, new media innovators, policymakers, and free expression advocates from around the world today concluded a three-day  conference in Washington, DC to mark World Press Freedom Day 2011. The conference was the largest in the nearly 20-year history of commemorations of World Press Freedom Day, as established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
 
Read the full press release by the US Dept of State online here: http://www.wpfd2011.org/press-release-more-800-call-freedom-journalists-during-world-press-freedom-day-2011-commemorations

Press Coverage of WPFD 2011 Events in San Jose and Mexico Offices

May 3, 2011 - Links related to the Forum: Impunity as a Constraint to Freedom of Press and Democractic Governance in Mexico

View a list of links here: Other Events Around the World - UNESCO San Jose and Mexico Offices

IFJ Press Release - Press Freedom in Africa in 2010

May 3, 2011 - IFJ Report on Press Freedom in Africa 2010 - Twelve (12) journalists assassinated, five (5) killed accidentally, thirty-four (34) imprisoned, hundreds threatened, intimidated, attacked, assaulted: this is the bleak picture of press freedom in Africa in 2010.

This report is a publication of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) which is the African Regional group of the Interanational Federation of Journalists (IFJ): allowing the African journalists to take their destiny in their hands by promoting press freedom and freedom of expression in Africa.

Download the PDF Report online here: http://africa.ifj.org/assets/docs/248/221/457abf8-a4c11dd.pdf or here.
http://www.undispatch.com/a-conversation-with-unesco-director-irina-bokova-for-world-press-freedom-day

A Conversation with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova for WPFD 2011

May 2, 2011 - Press Conference Call

World Press Freedom Day is being commemorated in a series of events in DC and around the World.  In a press conference call earlier this morning, UNESCO director Irina Bokova discussed the roll of press freedom in building open societies, how the new media landscape is challenging tradition views of press freedom and previews events for World Press Freedom day. You can listen to the audio of the interview here: http://www.undispatch.com/a-conversation-with-unesco-director-irina-bokova-for-world-press-freedom-dayJoint Press Release by MISA and UNESCO WPFD in Windhoek

Press Release - UNESCO World Press Freedom Day in Iraq

May 2, 2011 - Exploring New Media's Frontiers and Challenges

Baghdad – Iraqi journalists will speak with one voice on 3 May, marking World Press Freedom Day by exploring new media’s impact on freedom of information and its role in empowering communities to action. Read the Full Press Release Here

Press Release - Nepal Celebrates World Press Freedom Day on 3 May

May 3, 2011 - KATHMANDU WPFD PRESS RELEASE
Nepal Celebrates World Press Freedom Day on 3 May OHCHR, UNESCO and UNRC: “All principles of freedom of expression must be brought to the on-line world” Kathmandu, 3 May 2011. Nepali journalists join the worldwide celebration of World Press Freedom Day, observed yearly on 3 May, with a seminar of media professionals on “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers”.  Read the Press Release (PDF)

 

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration

April 29, 2011 - Joint Press Release by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and UNESCO.

 

WAN-IFRA - Still Time to Commemorate World Press Freedom Day

April 28, 2011 - Article by Larry Kilman, Deputy CEO and Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

 

IFEX unveils special website for World Press Freedom Day

April 27, 2011 - The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) Launches New Website for WPFD 2011. Link to article

 

La Presse de Tunisie Announces WPFD Events in North Africa

April 24, 2011 - Link to article 'World Press Freedom day: In the Service of Democracy', published in La Preses de Tunisie

 

What if their words had never been heard?

April 19, 2011 - Article by Larry Kilman, Deputy CEO and Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

 

Newspapers World-Wide to Commemorate World Press Freedom Day

April 5, 2011 - Article by Larry Kilman, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

 

UNESCO & WAN-IFRA support WJEC Media Freedom Link-up 2011

April 4, 2011 - Article by Prof. Guy Berger, School of Journalism & Media Studies, South Africa.

 

Save the Date! World Press Freedom Day, May 1-3, 2011

March 11, 2011 - Save the Date! by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)

 

U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011

December 7, 2010 - Press Statement by Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs, Washington, DC

 

Organizations across the Globe Praise Announcement of World Press Freedom Day 2011 Events in the U.S.

December 7, 2010 - Press Release sent by Shannon Maguire, Program and Conferences Officer, Center for International Media Assistance - National Endowment for Democracty, Washington DC

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