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Title: World Press Freedom Day 2015
Date: 28-Apr-2015

Celebrating the World Press Freedom Day 2015:
“Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality and Media Safety in the Digital Age”.
(Monday 4 May 2015)

World Press Freedom Day (3rd of May) in 2015 falls in the 70th anniversary year of UNESCO. It is therefore an opportunity for the Organization and all its partners to reaffirm its unique vision of free expression as essential for peace, and its relevance to journalism in current times.

Celebrating this special event this year, UNESCO Beirut office, under the patronage of HE Minister of Information, Mr. Ramzi Jreij, is organizing a symposium on this year’s theme:

“Let Journalism Thrive!
Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality
and Media Safety in the Digital Age”.

The symposium will take place on Monday 4 May, 9:30 - 13:00 at UNESCO office in Beirut (facing Cite Sportive Avenue, Bir Hassan)

Two main panel discussions at the symposium will highlight:
a) Independent and quality media in the digital age
b) Challenges for freedom of expression in the digital age

Speakers include: Ms. Laure Sleiman, Mr. Bassam Abu Zeid, Mr. Ghassan Hajjar, Mr. Rabih Haber, Ms. Najat Charafeddine, Mr. Mohamad Najem, Mr. Imad Bazzi and Lawyer Diana Rhayem.

Prominent journalists, media professionals, government representatives, academia, bloggers and civil society and press freedom activists will be attending this event.

Panels will be moderated by Ms. Rima Karaki (Media professional) and Mr. George Awad (UNESCO).

About World Press Freedom Day
3 May was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991.
It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom, a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom.
Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

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