World Press Freedom Day 2011

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3 May 2011

Joint message from Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General;  Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General; and Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

World Press Freedom Day was born twenty years ago in the vision of a group of journalists gathered in Windhoek, Namibia. The Windhoek Declaration was a call to arms to protect the fundamental principles of the freedom of expression as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration Human Rights. It was also a bell ringing in change across the world.  Twenty years on, the media landscape has changed beyond recognition, but our objective remains the same: to promote freedom of expression as the foundation for human dignity and the cornerstone of democracy.

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