Other activities

UNESCO regional offices and a large number of non-governmental organisations are preparing various activities and publications dedicated to World Press Freedom Day. These events will take place in different parts of the world and gather media organisations, professional associations, academics, human rights activists and decision-makers.


UNESCO regional offices

 

  • UNESCO Apia, Regional Pacific

A two-week celebration was organised on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2006 by UNESCO’s regional Pacific office. The celebration included Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea.

Among the involved organizations there were the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), the Fiji Media Council, the Tonga Media Council, the Journalist Association of Samoa, the Media Association of the Solomon Islands, and the Papua New Guinea Media Council.

UNESCO Apia has contracted PINA to publish and broadcast news stories for the two weeks leading up to World Press Freedom Day 2006 with extensive coverage on May 3. Other preparations and celebrations included: debates and seminars involving secondary/tertiary students, the government, and the media industry, and the production and distribution of posters on the 2006 theme “Media and Poverty Eradication”. Further information on the event can be found at www.pinanius.com

Contact
Advisor for Communication and Information
Mr Abel Caine
Advisor for Communication and Information

 

  • UNESCO Bamako cluster office (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger)

UNESCO Bamako cluster office prepared several events with UNESCO Press Houses in Burkina Faso and Mali and with the established journalists’ association in Niger to celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2006.

Contact
Ms Rokia Bâ
Programme Specialist CI
Tel: (223) 223 34 92/93

 

  • UNESCO Bangkok

UNESCO Bangkok office celebrated World Press Freedom Day 2006 with a 2-day event from May 2-3. The first day involved 50 journalism students from four universities gathering for a public presentation on press freedom. The panel discussion on press freedom took place on the second day in Thailand; speakers included a mass communication professor from Chulalongkorn University, a media reform advocate, the Managing Editor of the Jakarta Post, the Executive Director of South East Asian Press Alliance, and the Thai Journalists Association Vice-President for media freedom and reform. There was also a joint session with the Thai Journalists’ Association and the Thai Broadcast Journalists’ Association. For details contact Lapapan Choovong or visit www.tja.or.th

Contact
Ms Lapapan Choovong
Programme Officer CI
Tel: 66-2-391-0577 ext. 115

 

 

  • UNESCO Beirut

UNESCO Beirut and MAHARAT, a Lebanese NGO, started the World Press Freedom Day by lighting a torch in commemoration of the last killed journalist Jubran Tueini, at the very same place where he gave his life defending press freedom. >> Read more

Contact
Mr George Awad
Programme Officer CI

 

  • UNESCO Iraq (Amman office)

UNESCO, UNIFEM and MIC jointly invited young people and journalists to speak their mind on Press Freedom Day. This year in Iraq, UNESCO, UNIFEM and MIC focused on “Media and empowerment through creating employment opportunities”. In an April 2005 poll, Iraqis ranked unemployment, especially for women and young people, the country’s second most pressing problem behind security. "What do you personally think should be done to create jobs in Iraq?” A wealth of good ideas emerged from the question posed to young Iraqi students and journalists by UNESCO and UNIFEM on World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2006. >> Read more

Contact
Ms Monika Lengauer
Consultant

 

  • UNESCO Jakarta

Seminar Celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2006

UNESCO’s Jakarta office organised a seminar in cooperation with the Indonesian Press Council to celebrate World Press Freedom Day on May 3. Various topics related to the theme “Freedom of the Press and Poverty Eradication” were discussed by the keynote speakers and a three-member panel. Other participants included government representatives, members of parliament, media professionals, NGOs, and academics. For more information, please visit www.unesco.or.id

Contact
Mr Arya Gunawan
Programme Officer CI
Tel: +62-21-7399818 ext. 827


  • UNESCO Juba

In marking this year’s World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO Outpost in Juba, with backstopping from Nairobi and Paris Office, supported the Union of journalists of Southern Sudan in organizing a roundtable bringing together journalists from media houses around Juba. >> Read more

Contact
Ms Chiara Dezzi Bardeschi
Liason officer

 

  • UNESCO Kathmandu

Seminar on this year’s theme: “Media, Development and Poverty Eradication”

3 May 2006 and the following days, Kathmandu, Nepal

The office in Kathmandu is preparing several events to celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2006, including radio announcements and a seminar on this year’s theme, “Media, Development, and Poverty Eradication”. The event will take place in Nepal on May 3 and in the days following. Content for the radio spots will be produced by the Antenna Foundation to tout the advantages of free and independent media. The discussion will be hosted by a renowned journalist chosen by AFN and structured around the UNESCO presentation paper on the theme of World Press Freedom Day 2006.

Contact
Ms Kristin Iversen
Tel: +977-1-5554-396 ext 31

 

  • UNESCO Kingston office

The Annual Conference of Caribbean Media in observance of World Press Freedom :

“Freedom of the press and human development in the Caribbean” 2-3 May 2006, Bridgetown, Barbados

A conference of Caribbean media and communication professionals in Barbados, May 2-3 has agreed on a wide range of recommendations to policy makers, media houses and media training institutions to advance press freedom and greater use of communication to support regional integration and poverty alleviation. >> Read more

Contact
Mr Alton Grizzle
Programme Officer CI

 

  • UNESCO Moscow

Photo competition on “Social exclusion, impact of poverty on vulnerable segments of society”

Photo gallery of the Russian Union of Journalists

Moscow, Russia

5 May 2006

The competition for the photo correspondents of magazines and newspapers organized by UNESCO Moscow in cooperation with the Eurasia-Media Research Center and International Confederation of Journalism Unions included such activities as selection of the images in the Cluster countries through the network of media professional organizations, the competition itself as well as an award ceremony and the exhibition of the best photographs.

As a consequence of the competition many articles on the World Press Freedom Day as well as the award ceremony were published in the Cluster countries, thus reaching thousands of readers and raising awareness on freedom of expression/poverty issues.

Further information can be found at www.eurasia-media.ru and www.unesco.ru

Contact
Mr Marius Lukosiunas
Adviser for Communication and Information
+7 (495) 230 0554

 

  • UNESCO Nairobi

Celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2006, the UNESCO Office in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted a meeting on the “The Relationship between Press Freedom, Development and Poverty Eradication” on 3 and 4 May.

The event that received great support from the Kenyan government brought together more than 50 media professionals, economists, academics and representatives of development agencies, civil society and UNESCO from the Eastern Africa Region. Through a combination of strategic plenary presentations reflecting different regional contexts, the role of the media in the development process and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, with special reference to poverty eradication was discussed. >> Read more

Contact

Mr Alonso Aznar

CI Advisor

 

  • UNESCO Quito

Forum-Conference on World Press Freedom Day - Foro-Conferencia sobre Día Mundial de la Libertad de la Prensa

3 May 2006, Quito, Ecuador

The event organized by UNESCO Quito office in cooperation with National Union of Journalists and the Municipal Authority of the Quito Metropolitan District, covered the main World Press Freedom Day theme of free press and poverty reduction, as well as free press and good governance. The panelists included journalists from Ecuador, Chile, Colombia and France.

Contact
Mr Andrew Radolf
Advisor for Communication and Information for Latin America
Tel: +(5932) 252 9085 / 256 2327

 

  • UNESCO Ramallah

World Press Freedom Day 2006 Seminar “Palestinian Media and Press Freedom” May 3, Ramallah

The challenges and opportunities facing Palestinian media and press freedom were among the topics discussed by prominent Palestinian media professionals and representatives of international correspondents in a seminar organized by the Birzeit University Media Institute and UNESCO to celebrate World Press Freedom Day on 3 May.

The event gathered 30 prominent journalists from daily newspapers, Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, local private television and radio stations and international news organization such as BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters and AP. >>Read more

Contact
Ms Irmeli Seipajarvi
Media Advisor
Tel: +972 (0)2 5828599


  • UNESCO Rabat

Workshop: “Towards a Media House in Mauritania”

2-4 May 2006, Rabat, Morocco

Celebrating World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, UNESCO Rabat office and UNDP organized three workshops for Mauritanian journalists in the country’s capital Nouakchott from 2 to 4 May 2006 within the framework of the creation of a Media House in Mauritania. >> Read more

Contact
Mr Jaco Du Toit
CI Programme Specialist

 

  • UNESCO San Jose Cluster Office

Latin American Inter Parliamentary Congress on Right to Communication, Poverty Eradication and Development

Panama City, Panama

3-4 May 2006

The Latin American Inter Parliamentary Congress on Right to the Communication, Poverty Eradication and Development is an international event organized jointly by the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and UNESCO’s area advisor for Communication and Information. Scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of May 2006, the Conference aims to celebrate World Press Freedom Day by assembling: the Presidents of the Commissions of Communication and Information of all the National Congresses, Legislative Assemblies or National Assemblies of the member countries of the PARLATINO, the directors of mass media, associations and unions of journalists, and specialists in communication, freedom of expression and poverty reduction. The keynote speaker will be Mr. Carlos Meza, Former President of Bolivia, and other speakers will also participate in the effort to the create a plural environment to debate problems, difficulties and obstacles faced by the region in its pursuit of communication for all and freedom of expression.

Contact
Mr Alejandro Alfonzo 
Advisor for Communication and Information for Latin America
Tel: (506) 258 7625

 

NGOs

  • AMARC

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (3 May), AMARC, the World Association of Community Broadcasters, called upon governments worldwide to develop national policies and supportive legal frameworks that enable and encourage community media. The call for media law reform was endorsed by participants at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day conference on "Media, Development and Poverty Eradication" held in Colombo, Sri Lanka 1 - 2 May 2006.

AMARC also marked World Press Freedom Day with the launch of a global study on community radio and its impact on poverty eradication. The study is to commence with an AMARC Asia-Pacific Community Radio Roundtable on 5 May in Colombo and will be followed with similar events in Latin America, Africa and Europe.

For further information, see http://www.amarc.org

  • IFEX

The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) on its webpage offers readers information on the activities of Non-Governmental Organizations. They may be seen here

  • IPI

IPI launched World Press Freedom Review 2005 on 30 March 2006

The 2005 IPI World Press Freedom Review shows that in virtually every region of the world the media are engaged in a struggle to uphold their fundamental right to report news. The information was released on March 30, 2006, and can be viewed at this link:

www.freemedia.at/Protests2006/PR_WPFR2005.htm

The 2005 death toll for journalists was high with 65 journalists killed. According to the report, Iraq, where 23 journalists died, remains the world's most dangerous country for the media. Journalists also died in 21 other countries, including Bangladesh, Haiti, Russia, and Somalia.

There were four journalists killed in eastern Europe, but western Europe's most significant event was the 7 July London bombings. In Asia, where 20 journalists were killed, China is embracing capitalism without introducing the requisite freedoms and continues to imprison journalists.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the most uniformly restricted region in the world, and the death toll for journalists in that area is 26. In Iraq, the insurgency has consistently targeted the media and Iraqi journalists are suffering the highest casualties.

In the Americas, where 11 journalists died, there was progress this year with the removal of some desacato ("insult") laws - in Chile, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama - and a reduction in violent attacks on Venezuelan journalists; however, attacks on journalists in Colombia and Mexico continue. Haiti is now the region's most dangerous country with three journalists murdered.

Commenting on the situation, IPI Director Johann P. Fritz said, "A free media has always been essential to democracy; however, 2005 saw a subtle shift in this thinking and there is now a worrying political mindset that views some of the media's work as damaging to both the war on terror and relations with Islam".

  • Loesje International

The Berlin-based Loesje International, an organization that publishes short one-liners on posters to make people think, react, and become more active in their environment, is preparing an ambitious and inventive plan for World Press Freedom Day 2006, entitled “Why keep your right to remain silent?”. On May 3, in at least 20 countries in the world, young people will come together to write texts, articles and poetry all connected to freedom of expression. All material will be collected, edited, and compiled into a book to be published internationally and promote freedom of expression. UNESCO youth are promoting this project, and it has been endorsed by the Council of Europe. More information on the event can be found at http://www.1-day.org, while information on Loesje International can be accessed at www.loesje.org.

  • World Association of Newspapers

The World Association of Newspapers is once again offering a package of interviews, articles, essays, infographics and advertisements to publish on World Press Freedom Day. The May 3 publication aims to commemorate the sacrifices journalists make every day. The materials, some of which are now available, can be downloaded, free of charge, at www.worldpressfreedomday.org. The theme of the 2006 campaign is “Don’t Lock Up Information: Stop Jailing Journalists”. The package includes stories from journalists who have been jailed, online protest letters and a list of the more than 500 journalists who were arrested last year, two videos created by the Swedish Beckmans School of Design, focusing on jailed journalists, infographics on the number of journalists killed and jailed, and public service advertisements, to help raise awareness about the importance of press freedom to society.

The Paris-based WAN, the global organisation for the newspaper industry, defends and promotes press freedom world-wide.

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