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World Press Freedom Day

21st anniversary of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, 2014

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3rd May 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Supporting Press Freedom

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Today is World Press Freedom Day.  So it was appropriate that I spent Saturday evening at the Sri Lanka Inquirer awards ceremony, an event celebrating the culmination of British High Commission funded training and some of the best recent investigative journalism in Sri Lanka and Maldives. There is no freedom so worth defending as Freedom of […]

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3rd May 2016 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Edmund Fitton-Brown

by Edmund Fitton-Brown

British Ambassador to Yemen

World Press Freedom Day

Today is World Press Freedom Day. This is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the importance of freedom of information and to pay tribute to those journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Of course advancing freedom of the press is a global issue, yet I’m struck by how […]

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16th February 2016

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Yeni Şafak and Yeni Akit: freedom of expression matters

I was pleased on 16 February to visit the editorial offices of Yeni Şafak with a number of EU Consuls-General.     We went to Yeni Şafak on a “geçmiş olsun” visit after last week’s attacks on Yeni Şafak and Yeni Akit.  This followed similar visits to Hurriyet and Sabah after attacks in 2015.  The UK […]

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8th January 2016

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Press Freedom in Turkey

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I was proud to be one of a number of Consuls General, who visited the offices of Cumhuriyet on 6 January.  We made the following statement, and handed over a signed text: “As representatives of EU consulates based in Istanbul, we wish for Turkish journalists across the whole political spectrum to be able to exercise […]

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13th November 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Looking forward in remembrance

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On 8 November, we gathered at the Liveramentu War Graves in the Torrington Road cemetery for the annual reflection on sacrifice and the horrors of war that is Remembrance Sunday. The Act of Remembrance was as moving as ever. Bright Sri Lankan sunshine reflected off the rows of white headstones. Veterans, children, diplomats and serving […]

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2nd October 2015

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Turkey: media freedom, stability and prosperity

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A politically motivated protest outside a newspaper office results in physical damage and intimidation.  Politicians and media make threats against specific individuals.  Days later, one of those individuals – Ahmet Hakan, a prominent journalist – is physically attacked, and hospitalised. These developments are wrong in themselves.  They are also terrible for Turkey’s image overseas; and […]

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12th May 2014 Gaborone, Botswana

Nick Pyle

by Nick Pyle

British High Commissioner to Botswana

The role of a free and independent media in development

World Press Freedom Day took place on 3rd May. The theme for this year was Media Freedom for a better future: shaping the post-2015 development agenda. The focus this year, is on three inter-related themes: the media’s importance in development; the safety of journalists and the rule of law; and the sustainability and integrity of […]

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5th May 2014

by Peter Tibber

Ambassador to Colombia

Press Freedom Day

Saturday was World Press Freedom Day. I marked the occasion by attending a celebration at the Omdurman University College for Press and Printing Technology. Apparently it’s the first time that an academic institution in Sudan has held such an event. It was well attended by a number of very senior, distinguished and courageous figures from […]

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3rd May 2014 London, UK

Journalism is a public duty

May 3 marks World Press Freedom Day.  But this year it doesn’t feel like there is much to celebrate.  Freedom House’s 2014 report finds that media freedom around the world has hit its lowest point in a decade.  Only 1 in 7 people live in a country with a ‘free’ press: that means a country […]

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9th May 2013 Malmo, Sweden

Naeimeh Doostdar

by Naeimeh Doostdar

Freelance journalist

Case study: Iran

For some years now, my country, Iran, has been in a difficult situation caused by economical pressures, social deficiencies and most importantly of all, a lack of freedoms. I was a child of the Islamic revolution; my generation grew up in war and post-war situations but nothing more than social restrictions surrounding us. I always […]

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About World Press Freedom Day

To mark the 21st anniversary of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, 2014, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office aims to “shine a light” to highlight repression of the media…

To mark the 21st anniversary of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, 2014, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office aims to “shine a light” to highlight repression of the media and freedom of expression using personal testimonies and other accounts from around the world.

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