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World Press Freedom Day 2011

World Press Freedom Day 2011

World Press Freedom Day 2011

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the globe every May 3rd, representing an opportunity to commemorate the fundamental principles of press freedom and to pay solemn tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2011 is “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers.” For more information, visit
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USG Statements

  • Statement by the President on World Press Freedom Day (May 3, 2011)
    Statement by the President on World Press Freedom Day (May 3, 2011)

    On this World Press Freedom Day, the United States joins with people around the world in reaffirming the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly, and association that provide the foundation for media to operate freely and keep citizens informed. [source: www.whitehouse.gov]  

  • Statement by Secretary Clinton on World Press Freedom Day (May 3, 2011)
    Statement by Secretary Clinton on World Press Freedom Day (May 3, 2011)

    On this May 3 as we observe World Press Freedom Day, we take time to honor those who promote and protect the freedom of expression, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while giving voice to those who may not have the opportunity to express themselves freely -- including the journalists recently killed while bravely covering the crisis in Libya. [source: www.state.gov] 

  • Under Secretary McHale’s remarks on World Press Freedom Day (May 2, 2011)
    Under Secretary McHale’s remarks on World Press Freedom Day (May 2, 2011)

    "Too many journalists are not with us tonight. Too many have lost their lives or their freedom in the pursuit of truth." [source: www.state.gov] [Video: WPFD 2011 Opening Ceremony] »

  • USAID Commemorates World Press Freedom Day
    USAID Commemorates World Press Freedom Day

    May 3rd marks World Press Freedom Day and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been supporting the development of independent media for more than twenty years. [source:www.usaid.gov]  

Publications by IIP

  • Media Law Handbook
    Media Law Handbook

    What are the privileges and responsibilities of a free press? In Media Law Handbook, Professor Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota, explores how free societies answer this question.  

  • Handbook of Independent Journalism
    Handbook of Independent Journalism

    This handbook covers the ins and outs of what every professional journalist should know from how to research, write, and edit a story to how to write headlines, choose graphics, and select quotes and sound bites. Print, radio, TV, and Web-based or online journalism forms are discussed in detail, as well as the skills required in beat reporting.  

  • A Responsible Press Office: An Insider’s Guide
    A Responsible Press Office: An Insider’s Guide

    A how-to publication for government leaders and public information officials who want to create an effective mechanism of communication between the media and the government. This handbook offers practical advice based on the significant professional experience of author Marguerite Hoxie Sullivan and other top-level U.S. government spokespersons.  

  • Defining Internet Freedom (June 2010)
    Defining Internet Freedom (June 2010)

    Information has never been so free, but threats to the free flow of information on the internet are growing. How governments and societies confront new and transformative internet technologies is the subject of this eJournal USA.  

Useful Links

U.S. Department of State: Press Freedom
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/press/

UNESCO: World Press Freedom Day 2011
http://www.wpfd2011.org/

CO.NX Webcast Series: World Press Freedom Day 2011
http://iipconx.org/

International Center for Journalists
http://www.icfj.org

Reporters Without Borders
http://en.rsf.org

Freedom House
http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=1  

Committee to Protect Journalists
http://cpj.org/

Internews
http://www.internews.org/

Center for International Media Assistance
http://cima.ned.org/

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