UNESCO highlights freedom of information for World Press Freedom Day
UNESCO will celebrate World Press Freedom Day, observed yearly on 3 May, with an international conference of media professionals entitled Freedom of Information: the Right to Know, in Brisbane (Australia) on 2 and 3 May.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, explained this year’s theme, freedom of information saying it included the principle that organizations and governments have a duty to share or provide ready access to information they hold, to anyone who wants it, based on the public’s right to be informed.
Irina Bokova will present this year’s UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to Mónica González Mujica, a Chilean champion of investigative journalism.
“The right to know is central for upholding other basic rights, for furthering transparency, justice and development. Hand-in-hand with the complementary notion of freedom of expression, it underpins democracy,” Ms Bokova declared.
During the celebration, participants will observe a minute of silence in tribute to the great number of journalists who have paid with their lives for our right to know.
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