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Thursday, May 2, 2013

World Press Freedom Day: May 3

What if you could NOT: Think. Speak. Tweet. Like. Share. FREELY
 

Friday, May 3
World Press Freedom Day 2013


"A fundamental right on its own, freedom of expression also provides the conditions for protecting and promoting all other human rights. But its exercise does not happen automatically; it requires a safe environment for dialogue, where all can speak freely and openly, without fear of reprisal."

~UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

Global call for press freedom


Embrace the Past...

When the UN General Assembly proclaimed World Press Freedom Day in 1993, it outlined the following goals:

* to encourage and develop initiatives in favor of press freedom
* to assess the state of press freedom worldwide
* to remind governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom
* to encourage reflection among media professionals about press freedom and professional ethics
* to mobilize support for media that are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom
* to remember journalists who lost their lives in the exercise of their profession


Empower the Present...

Press freedom is an issue for every day, not just for May 3rd.  But World Press Freedom Day is a vitally important opportunity to get people talking about what is happening in all countries and what needs to change.  And public diplomacy to promote press freedom is one of the most important kinds of public diplomacy there is!
 

Enrich the Future... 

It’s about the freedom to publish to an audience, and freedom to receive information as well. Freedom of expression is especially important for doing journalism, which generates public interest information, but it is also the right of of everyone.


Did you know in the past 10 years:
  • Only 1 in 10 cases of crimes against social media producers, journalists, and media workers has led to a conviction.
  • 600+ journalists, social media producers and media workers have been killed while reporting news to the general public.


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America fought for her freedom and WON! Let's protect those freedoms to ensure they remain safe and secure for all generations to come.