May 1, 2009

Sunday is World Press Freedom Day

Good news.

Sunday, May 3, is World Press Freedom Day, which is organized by the World Association of Newspapers.

According to WAN, it "annually organises a World Press Freedom Day initiative to draw attention to the role of independent news and information in society, and how it is under attack."

WAN, which is based in Paris, describes itself as follows on its Web site:

Founded in 1948, the World Association of Newspapers groups 76 national newspaper associations, individual newspaper executives in 102 nations, 10 news agencies, and 10 regional press organisations. It is a non-profit, non-government organisation. In all, the Association represents more than 18,000 publications on the five continents.

The World Association of Newspapers has three major objectives:
Defending and promoting press freedom and the economic independence of newspapers as an essential condition for that freedom.
Contributing to the development of print and digital news publishing by encouraging contact and discussion between executives and editors from different regions and cultures.
Promoting co-operation between its member organisations, whether national, regional or worldwide.

Cartoon courtesy of World Association of Newspapers/Michel Cambon.

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