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World Press Freedom Day
3 May

Events in 2012

UNESCO's main celebration was in Tunis this year, with a three-day programme of events focused on the role of media as a catalyst for social and political change.

UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

One of the highlights of World Press Freedom Day 2012 was 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, attended the ceremony. Addresses were also made by the President of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

"New Voices: Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies"

On the morning of 4 May, UNESCO Director-General and the Prime Minister of Tunisia, Hamed Jebali, opened an international conference on the theme of "New Voices: Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies".

The conference PDF document was divided into three debates, held over 4 and 5 May:

For the first time, this year’s World Press Freedom Day event also included a number of side events, organised by UNESCO’s press freedom partners, including non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, international media outlets and youth groups.

Other events

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