May 2, 2011

World Press Freedom Day: good news, bad news

Image courtesy of WAN-IFRA.
The good news is that May 3 is World Press Freedom Day, established by the UN General Assembly in 1993. 

This year's theme, as explained on the UNESCO WPF site, is "the potential of the Internet and digital platforms as well as the more established forms of journalism in contributing to freedom of expression, democratic governance, and sustainable development." 

For additional information see the UNESCO site or the WPF page at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) website.

The bad news is that Freedom House released its 2011 Freedom of the Press Report, which shows that global media freedom has reached a new low point, with only one in every six people living in a county with a free press. The report notes that particularly troubling trends are in the Middle East and the Americas, with some improvements in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Cartoon by Michel Cambon courtesy of WAN-IFRA.

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