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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 2014 London, UK

بمناسبة اليوم العالمي لحرية الصحافة، علينا ان نتذكر اهمية الاعلام الحر للديمقراطية

سيمن كولس, السفير البريطاني في العراق تمثل الانتخابات جزءا اساسيا من اي نظام ديمقراطي، ولكن عناصر اخرى عديدة ينبغي وجودها لإنشاء ديمقراطية كاملة، واحدها اعلام مفتوح وفاعل. ونحن نحتفل باليوم العالمي لحرية الصحافة، فان اعضاء المجتمع الدولي والمجتمع المدني يؤكدون ايمانهم بضرورة السماح للمواطنين بمناقشة القضايا، وان يسائلون حكوماتهم، ويتخذون قرارات مبنية على اسس رصينة. […]

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2nd May 2014 London, UK

Speaking freely about health

By Amina Kato Chiroma, Producer, BBC Media Action in Nigeria.   Media freedom is often described as an essential pillar of a society’s governance and transparency.  And as a radio producer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria, of course I welcome the increased focus on media freedom in the shaping of the development agenda post […]

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2nd May 2014 London, UK

What has press freedom got to do with development?

By James Deane, Director of Policy and Learning, BBC Media Action. World Press Freedom Day (May 3) this year is celebrated around theme of development, specifically shaping the post-2015 development agenda. A two day conference, organised by Unesco, takes place in Paris to celebrate press freedom around the world and to make some sense of […]

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2nd May 2014 London, UK

The role of a free and independent media

By David Hallam, UK Envoy for the Post-2015 Development Goals.   Effective, accountable and responsive government is crucial to countries lifting themselves out of poverty. Open government and open societies enable states to function for their citizens and enable citizens to lead their own development. In all regions of the world, people recognise this relationship. […]

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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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2nd May 2013 Harare, Zimbabwe

Case study: Zimbabwe

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On April 1, 2007, I was captured by the police and dragged to the Harare Central Police Station’s notorious Law and Order section. I was pushed into a stuffy room and ordered to sit on a dirty, green carpet. Behind the desk was a lick-spittle man – tall, dark, thin and stern-faced. On the neat Mahogany desk […]

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2nd May 2013 Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Colin Williams

by Colin Williams

Director of Public Prosecutions in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Case study: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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My team of prosecutors in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will meet in Kingstown later today to announce new guidelines to ensure transparency and equal access to information for the media about criminal procedures. Prosecutors and journalists will launch the new ‘Prosecution Media Protocol’, a first for the Caribbean, which sets the ground rules for […]

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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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