Saturday, April 21, 2007

United States Emphasizes Importance of Protecting Press Freedom

Secretary Rice addresses the Edward R. Murrow Journalism Participants at the State Department April 10.

Read the full State Department issue briefing on press freedom.

In recognition of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the United States is emphasizing the importance of protecting press freedom.

The briefing recognizes the role of UNESCO in protecting press freedom. Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO's Director General has reported that 2006 was the “bloodiest year on record” for journalists worldwide, with more than 150 media member killings. He added that hundreds more media workers were arrested, threatened or attacked because of their work.

UNESCO is sponsoring a May 3-4 conference in Medellin, Colombia, entitled “Press Freedom, Safety of Journalists and Impunity.”

World Press Freedom Day 2007

3 May 2007

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