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UNESCO Freedom of Information and the Press: Discussion Series
WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY - Press Release April 2006

BANGKOK, APRIL 2006 - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Bangkok office will hold a special Freedom of Information and the Press Discussion Series during April and May 2006. The discussion series will be in celebration of World Press Freedom Day.

May 3 is a day to celebrate and recognize the fundamental principles of press freedom. It is also an occasion to inform the public that freedom of the press often comes at a price. In many parts of the world, including Asia, publications are censored or suspended, journalists fined and attacked, and offices closed down. But are there limits to press freedom that civilized society should accept? Is it acceptable, for example, to publish material offensive to others in the name of press freedom? World Press Freedom Day is an occasion to deliberate the broader issues of ‘publish or perish’, and to pay tribute to journalists who file their stories under the most difficult conditions and sometimes lose their lives to practise their profession.

Freedom of expression and freedom of information have long been regarded by international bodies as fundamental human rights. Democracy can only flourish in societies where there is a free and fair media valued by the public, which reflects the opinions and views of society as a whole. In celebration of World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO Bangkok is holding a special series of 1-hour talks, open to the public, from 13:00 to 14:00 hrs. on the following topics:


28 April

Freedom of Expression versus Media Responsibility by Ms. Supinya Klangnarong
(Campaign for Popular Media Reform)

5 May

Expanding the Borders of Reporting by Mr. Marwaan Macan-Markar
(Inter Press Service, Asia)

10 May

Information as an Agent of Democratic Change, Mr. Philippe Latour (Reporters Sans Frontières - Reporters without Borders) and Ms. Susanne Ornager (UNESCO)

17 May

Freedom of the Press: A Dhamma Viewpoint by Phramaha Bhatsakorn Piyobhaso (Department of Religion and Philosophy, Faculty of Buddhism, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University)



Note to editors:
You and your representatives are cordially invited to attend the discussion series on the above mentioned dates at the UNESCO Bangkok Office, 5th Floor Conference Room from 13:00-14:00 hrs.


For further information, please contact:
UNESCO Bangkok
Tel: (+66) 2 391 0577; Fax: (+66) 2 391 0866

RSVP as soon as possible to below contact, as seats are very limited.
Ms. Tip-Arpa, ext 241, ikm (at)

Press Contacts
Ms. Anuje Sirikit, ext. 347, a.sirikit (at)
Ms. Alida Pham, ext. 342, a.pham (at)

Documents for download

World Press Freedom Day - Press Release April 2006 details
UNESCO Freedom of Information and the Press : Discussion Series flyer