A map showing 2012 World Press Freedom Day events around the world
Freedom of expression advocates are gathering over the next few days to consider the state of media freedom and its future as part of the annual World Press Freedom Day.
This year’s focus is on bringing new voices to the efforts around media freedom. The events, taking place all over the world but hosted in Tunis, Tunisia, are organized by UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It includes partners such as IREX, the U.S. Department of State and the Open Society Foundations.
Knight Foundation's role this year includes helping five World Press Freedom Day Fellows attend events in Tunis so they can participate, blog and tweet.
“These are people who persevere in the face of limited resources, personal danger, and bad laws to make a difference in citizens’ access to information – but who don’t regularly get to interact with international counterparts and gain skills and strength from sharing their experiences,” said Drusilla Menaker, senior media advisor at IREX.
Here’s more information on each of the fellows. Check back over the next few days as we’ll be embedding links to their live blogs from Tunis.
· Justin Arenstein, South Africa, @justinarenstein