A Forum to Commemorate World Press Freedom Day May 3, 2014

What is world press freedom day?

Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.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 reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered. It is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide. It serves as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. 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.670 journalists killed in 2013Bangladesh (1)15 June - Jamal Uddin- GramerKagojBahrain (1) 31 March - Ahmed Ismail Hassan - Freelance


10:00-10.10 Welcome Address: Datuk Seri Azman Ujang, Vice Chairman, Asian Institute for Development Communication
10:10-10.20 Speech and Official Opening: YBhg Prof Dr Hj Anuar bin Hj Ahmad President / Vice Chancellor, Universiti Selangor
10:20-10.50 Keynote Address: Mr Pichai Chuensuksawadi Editor-in-Chief, Bangkok Post, Thailand
10:50-11.00 Video Presentation  
11.00-12.00 Panel Discussion: ‘FOSTERING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION’ (Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda)


Moderator: Professor Dr Azmuddin bin Ibrahim Dean, Faculty of Communication and Media, Unisel
Panelists: Professor Dr Mohd Safar Hashim
Principal Fellow, Institute of Malaysia and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Mr Balan Moses
Executive Editor (News), Sun Media Corporation Sdn Bhd

Ms Tan Lee Chin
Deputy Chief, Education & Cultural Department Sin Chew Daily
Datuk Yong Soo Hoeng
Managing Editor, Bernama
12.00-12.20: Q & A Session
12:20-12.30: Closing Remarks: Khairul Bashar Executive Director, Aidcom
12.30: Refreshment

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