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"Why is Press Freedom Important?" Poster Competition: UNESCO Bangkok and the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand Partner for World Press Freedom Day - Deadline extended

BANGKOK, 25 March 2014 – "Why is press freedom important?" That's the question UNESCO Bangkok and the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) are asking Asia-Pacific youth in a poster competition to commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2014 on 3 May.

Asia-Pacific youth (18-35 years of age) are invited to submit posters that express why press freedom is essential during this time of rapid change in the region. It is a timely query given the challenges that the press is facing in Asia-Pacific as well as the need for young people to have their voices heard as development priorities are discussion.

Submissions will be assessed by a FCCT-UNESCO jury, which will then select 16 finalists whose works will be on display at an FCCT exhibition to be launched on 30 April.

Two grand prize winners will also be chosen by the jury.

The first prize winner will receive a package sponsored by SALA Hospitality Group that includes: return airfare to Bangkok from anywhere in Asia-Pacific; three nights at the five-star River View Deluxe at Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok and a complimentary dinner for two at the Sala Rattanakosin eatery and bar. (A package including airfare and complimentary stays at SALA's five-star properties in Chiang Mai and Phuket is available for a Bangkok-based winner.)

The second prize winner will receive a free workshop (online or in person in Chiang Mai) from Documentary Arts Asia on documentary photography or film, a three-year DAA membership and other prizes.

Criteria: The image has a message clearly tied to theme of press freedom; creative presentation; original content; posters preferably in native language of submitter; caption in English explaining the poster and providing translations for any non-English text.

Technical specifications: Work by finalists will be professionally mounted for display. Either portrait or landscape orientation entries are acceptable. Please ensure sufficiently high resolution for printing (300 dpi is recommended). Entries should be submitted in a digital format (e.g. PDF, PNG, JPG), and file size should not exceed 20MB.

Submissions: Upload poster and all accompanying information (e.g. caption, translation, name and contact details) to an online file-sharing service such as or, and send the link to the file to Wen Ling Tan at

Deadline: EXTENDED TO 21 APRIL 2014.

To coincide with the exhibition launch, the FCCT will also hold a panel discussion on the media’s contribution to countries in political transition; safety of journalists and the rule of law as well as threats to media in Southeast Asia; and the "peace journalism" movement and its relevance in South East Asia in communities of conflict.

This year's World Press Freedom Day comes at a time in Asia-Pacific when development is racing ahead, while in many countries in the region press freedom is failing to keep pace. Intimidation, censorship and financial pressures are among the obstacles journalists face at a time when their work is essential.

The expiry of the Millennium Development Goals and discussions around the Post-2015 Agenda are also under way. Media freedoms, facilitating as they do sustainable, people-centered development in other areas, deserve a place of prominence in the Post-2015 Agenda.

For further information, please contact: Wen Ling Tan, UNESCO Bangkok Communication and Information at


UNESCO Bangkok Press Release