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World Press Freedom Day 2012

03 May 2012

Venue: Hosted by the Reuters Foundation, Thomson Reuters building, 30 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, E14 5EP, a short walk from both the Underground and DLR stations

Every year, World Press Freedom Day (3 May) is an opportunity to affirm the importance of freedom of expression and press freedom – a fundamental human right enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On this day, we take the opportunity to remember journalists and media professionals who lost their lives in the pursuit of their profession and to re-commit to the principal that every journalist, anywhere in the world, has the right to report freely and without fear.

This year, the flagship event to mark the day in the UK is:


Media Freedom and the Rule of Law in Europe

The UK World Press Freedom Day committee would like to invite you to attend an event in London on Thursday 3 May 2012 to celebrate World Press Freedom Day.

The UK Press Freedom Network, with support from the UK National Commission for UNESCO and leading media organisations, has organised a public event on or around World Press Freedom Day for many years. Last year, for instance, we discussed the media implications of the Arab Spring with journalists and publishers flown in from Egypt and Qatar and UK journalists who had reported on it.

The topic for this year's event is Media Freedom and the Rule of Law in Europe, inspired originally by the UK's controversial proposal during its chairmanship of the Council of Europe to push for the reform of the European Court of Human Rights. The court and the European Convention of Human Rights have been important sources of protection for freedom of expression over the years. Would a UK government-sponsored Bill of Rights provide more or less protection for inquiring journalism?

There are new twists on the topic of human rights and press freedom in current events at News International which may well inform our debates.

A number of prominent journalists, lawyers, academics and politicians have been invited, including Lord Fowler and Geoffrey Robertson QC. The event will include a minute's silence and roll call of journalists killed over the past 12 months, and a panel discussion which will then be thrown open to the floor. It will be streamed online by the BBC College of Journalism.

To book: Numbers are strictly limited and demand is likely to be high - please RSVP as soon as possible to Grace Anyibuofu at

Please note that only registered attendees will be allowed into the building on the day.

Event is hosted by the UK Press Freedom Network: Society of Editors, Association of European Journalists, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, International News Safety Institute, National Union of Journalists, Committee for the Protection of Journalists, Article 19, Index on Censorship, Rory Peck Trust, under the accreditation of the UK National Commission for UNESCO.

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