Friday, May 2, 2014


Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Truth and Peace  (#1 May 3, 2011; #2 May 3, 2012; #3 May 3, 2013)

Dedicated to journalists imprisoned and killed for doing their job of pursuing truth.

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Contents #4, May 3, 2014
UN World Press Freedom Day 2014
    2014 Theme
     Google Search
Farhi and Dewey, Journalists Killed in Egypt
Josh Steams, Free Press:  US Justice Dept. Harasses Journalists
Union for Democratic Communication
Investigative Journalism

UN World Press Freedom Day
3 May, 2014

·                                 UN Home
·                                 Main Page
·                                 Press Freedom
·                                 Secretary-General's Message
·                                 Joint UN/UNESCO Message
·                                 General Assembly President's Message
·                                 World Press Freedom Day (UNESCO)external link
·                                 Videos
·                                 News Stories
·                                 UN Radio Stories
·                                 Documents
·                                 Resources
·                                 Past Observances
·                                 UN Observances
"Journalism provides a platform for informed discussion across a wide range of development issues – from environmental challenges and scientific progress to gender equality, youth engagement and peacebuilding. Only when journalists are at liberty to monitor, investigate and criticize policies and actions can good governance exist."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

2014 Theme: Media Freedom for a Better Future: 
Shaping the post-2015 Development Agenda

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to:
·                             celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
·                             assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
·                             defend the media from attacks on their independence;
·                             pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
2014 theme banner

The focus this year is on three inter-related themes: the media’s importance in development; the safety of journalists and the rule of law; and the sustainability and integrity of journalism. An international conference will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5-6 May.
The annual UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize ceremony will take place on 2 May 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters.

World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2014, Google Search, May 2, 2014
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 15 August 13 AM
Journalists Among the Dead in Egypt
Paul Farhi and Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post
"As street violence tumbled about him in Cairo, [Mick] Deane squinted into his camera and began rolling. Within hours, Deane, 61, was dead, one among scores of victims in a bloody series of clashes across Egypt between security forces and supporters of the nation's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi." 

SCARE  TACTICS Sept. 25, 2013
Dear Dick,
Journalists should be able to work without fear of detention or intimidation. But reporters can no longer take these rights for granted.
Last month, we told you about government authorities harassing journalists in the U.K. We’ve since learned that the same kind of thing is happening right here in the U.S.
NPR's On the Media just reported that one of its journalists, Sarah Abdurrahman, was detained with her family at the U.S. border in Niagara Falls for six hours without explanation.1
Government officials have detained journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras more than 40 times at U.S. borders. They’ve interrogated her, seized her laptops and cameras for weeks at a time and denied her access to a lawyer.2
Photojournalist Duane Kerzic has been detained and had his laptop searched too, and now he’s part of a lawsuit filed by the National Press Photographers Association.4
It’s gotten so bad that last week actor and press freedom advocate John Cusack called on Holder to “guarantee the ... safe passage of journalists who have exercised their rights under the First Amendment.”3
We're working with Cusack to put pressure on Holder but we need you to help us deliver a message the attorney general won’t be able to ignore. This government intimidation has got to stop. And as the nation’s top law enforcement official, Holder needs to stop it.
These scare tactics don’t just hurt journalists. Newly released documents reveal that the government has used border crossings to stop a whistleblower and thousands of other travelers, and has seized and examined these individuals' electronic devices without obtaining search warrants.5
Journalists can’t work under these kinds of conditions. We need to speak up and stop the intimidation now.
Sign our letter and we’ll make sure Holder hears our message.
Thanks for all that you do,
Josh Stearns

1. Sarah Abdurrahman, "My Detainment Story or: How I learned to Stop Feeling Safe in My Own Country and Hate the Border Patrol," On the Media, Sept. 20, 2013:
2. Peter Maass, "How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets," New York Times, Aug. 13, 2013:
3. John Cusack, "Will Eric Holder Guarantee NSA Reporters’ First Amendment Rights?"Guardian, Sept. 18, 2013:
4. Donald R. Winslow, "NPPA Joins Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of DHS Laptop Searches," National Press Photographers Association, Sept. 7, 2010:
5. Susan Stellin, "The Border Is a Back Door for U.S. Device Searches," New York Times, Sept. 9, 2013:

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Contents #1
World Press Freedom Day 2011 in US
Committee to Protect Journalists
Reporters Without Borders
International Press Institute
Amnesty International
Local News

Contents #2 May 3, 2012
Minute of Silence for Slain Journalists
UN World Press Freedom Day
World Press Freedom Prize
Victories for the Press

Contents ofUNWPF DAY NEWSLETTER #3  May 3, 2013
UN World Press Freedom Day
Reporters Without Borders World Map of Nations’ Freedom
Brave Marie Colvin killed in Syria siege


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