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World Press Freedom Day
3 May

World Press Freedom Day 2005

"Media and Good Governance"

Independent, free and pluralistic media have a crucial role to play in the good governance of democratic societies, by ensuring transparency and accountability, promoting participation and the rule of law, and contributing to the fight against poverty. The Dakar Conference paid tribute to this critical role played by the media in promoting democracy and good governance.

World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to remind the world of the importance of protecting the fundamental rights of freedom of expression and freedom of the press, as stated in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Without these rights, democracy cannot prevail and development remains unattainable.

In observance of World Press Freedom Day 2005, a seminar on "Fanning the Flame of Tolerance:  The Role of the Media" was organized at UN Headquarters in New York. The third in a series of programmes aimed at examining manifestations of intolerance and exploring ways to promote respect and understanding among peoples, the seminar considered ways to counter the effects of "hate" media and how the media could educate people through reporting and confronting manifestations of intolerance around the world.

In conjunction with the seminar, a photo exhibit opened on 3 May 2005 at United Nations Headquarters. Comprising the best news photos of 2004, the travelling exhibit presented all the winning images of World Press Photo’s worldwide photojournalism contest. It was brought to New York with the support of World Press Photo Foundation and Getty Images. The exhibit remained on display until 6 June 2005.

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