The PR Guru

December 8, 2010

What is World Press Freedom Day and what does it support?

The world seems to be tiring of reporters losing their jobs because they dare to take risks and go beyond the boundaries to get a good story.

That is why UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day will be a new initiative, starting in 2011, that aims to support journalists who have suffered because they were only doing what they were paid to do.

It also comes about as the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is arrested under suspicion that many governments are not happy with his website’s content being published all over the internet.

Because of this, the theme for next year’s event will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. It will focus on New Media and support press freedom in the digital age.

Highlighting the many events surrounding the celebration will be the awarding of the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize at the National Press Club on May 3rd. This prize, determined by an independent jury of international journalists, honours a person, organisation or institution that has contributed to the promotion of press freedom, especially where risks have been undertaken.

An official website is being created at the moment – where more information on what will happen on the day will be published.

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