Tag: world press freedom day

by Tim Karr

Saturday, May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. The following is a guest post from FreePress to mark the day. “If you want to liberate a society,” Egyptian Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim said early in the year, “just give them the Internet.” In retrospect, Ghonim should have qualified his statement to include the kind [...] more »

by Jillian C. York

Eskinder Nega is an Ethiopian journalist and blogger who, in July 2012, was convicted under the country’s broad anti-terrorism law and sentenced to 18 years in prison for exercising his right to free expression.  Nega’s conviction has been roundly condemned: by the United Nations, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and numerous [...] more »

by Trevor Timm

This post is co-authored by Jillian C. York. Nineteen years ago, before the Internet had reached millions of homes, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the celebration of press freedom, deeming May 3 “World Press Freedom Day.” Since then, the day has been celebrated by organizations and government entities alike. Today, the Internet age has [...] more »

by Clothilde Le Coz

WASHINGTON, DC — Since May 3, 1991, World Press Freedom Day has been celebrated worldwide annually to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect it. Marking the 20th anniversary last Tuesday, an international conference was organized in Washington, DC, by the United Nations Educational, [...] more »