"Freedom of expression is one of our most precious rights. It underpins every other freedom and provides a foundation for human dignity. Free, pluralistic and independent media is essential for its exercise."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference.
For this year's observance, Live Windows were produced by students from IED Barcelona. "Press is a free bird", on the left, produced by Amparo Cativiela & Matylda Zawadzka, tutored by Prof. Joan Guasch, particularly caught the eye and was featured on the www.un.org homepage.
The other submission was produced by Dana Venezia & Pamela Baez. They were screened in Barcelona and Milan.
The day is meant as an opportunity to:
The Brussels based United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe - UNRIC provides information on UN activities to the countries of the region. It also provides liaison with institutions of the European Union in the field of information. Its outreach activities extend to all segments of society and joint campaigns, projects and events are organized with partners including the EU, governments, the media, NGOs, schools and local authorities.
United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC Brussels)
Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 155, Block C2,7th and 8th floor, Brussels 1040, Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 788 8484 / Fax: 32 2 788 8485