Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO will celebrate the World Press Freedom Day on 3 May in Tunis with a packed three-day programme of events on the role of the media as a catalyst for social and political change.
In a press statement from its Paris, France, headquarters, UNESCO said one of the highlights of the World Press Freedom Day, 2012, will be the award ceremony on 3 May for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
This year’s laureate, Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist, Eynulla Fatullayev, will attend the ceremony and addresses will also be made by the President of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, and the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova.
The following day, Bokova and the Prime Minister of Tunisia, Hamed Jebali, will open an international conference on the theme “New Voices: Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies” .
Other topics to be discussed include "Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies: New Voices, Youth, and Social Media". This will look at how the convergence of social media, mobile connections and satellite television generated growth in freedom of expression. This in turn unleashed the protest movement that began in Tunisia in December in 2010 before spreading through much of the Arab world and beyond.
"The Reshaping of the Media Landscape in a Transitional Environment" will also be discussed. It will focus on the changes experienced by government-owned media and their ability to become public service operators that meet high journalistic standards in a self-regulating environment.
According to UNESCO, a Special Plenary Session will examine the way forward for the media in Tunisia.
For the first time, this year’s World Press Freedom Day event will include a number of side events, organised by UNESCO’s press freedom partners, including non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, international media outlets and youth groups.
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