Celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Santiago

UNESCO Santiago Office celebrates the World Press Freedom Day by organizing a national seminar and the publication and dissemination of material.

The national seminar will focus on UNESCO global celebrations. Actions of the work groups will also fall under the concept of "citizens as generators of content in the construction of news". This event will allows us to take into consideration the changes brought about by ICTs in the dynamic of news construction and delivery and as a turning point to review the quality of present day journalism and its challenges. The seminar will have several topics: Traditional media and citizen media agendas; Space for expression of citizens in media, Marketing strategy or a change in relationship?; Sources, social actors and paths to visibility in the media; The emergence of a new way of journalism, or is it just a change of format?; and Democracy, the right to communication and active citizenship.

Workshops and workgroups can generate interesting material that will be systematized and analysed/commented by experts, and then diagnostics of the situations can become an input for further reflection, future proposals and lines of action in these topics. The conclusions will be published and disseminated.

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 4- International Congress
Start 03.05.2013 08:00 local time
End 04.05.2013 11:00 local time
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Focal point Uranga, Victoria
Organizer OREALC/UNESCO Santiago
Contact Andrés Pascoe (a.pascoe@unesco.org)
Country Chile
City Santiago
Venue Santiago de Chile
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event Spanish
Estimated number of participants 200
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