Hivos Central America joins UNESCO to celebrate World Press Freedom Day

May 2, 2013

Over 400 participants, including nearly 100 speakers from every region of the world, will gather in San José, Costa Rica from 2 to 4 May to celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD).

May 3rd is an occasion when the world celebrates freedom of expression. It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom – a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.

The main event is an international conference on the theme “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in all media”, which focuses on journalists’ safety, the issue of impunity and safety online. Special attention will also be paid to the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of journalists and the issue of impunity.

Along with the international conference, the Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize will be awarded in a ceremony on May 3rd, chaired by the president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, and the director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. This year, the Guillermo Cano prize recognizes Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu. Alemu was recommended by an independent jury of media professionals in recognition of her “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression”.

The conference will take place at the Double Tree Hilton Cariari Hotel in San José, Costa Rica.

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Plenary sessions will be webcast at: www.unesco.org/ci