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Posted On: 9 April 2009 10:56 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

World Press Freedom Day to be marked in Doha

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For the first time, Doha will celebrate World Press Freedom Day on May 2 and 3 in an event at the Intercontinental hotel. The celebration, being organised jointly by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Doha Center for Media Freedom, will focus on the media and its role in promoting dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation. The World Press Freedom Day celebrations will include workshops, dialogues and lectures on the media’s role in promoting freedom of speech and bridging cultural gaps between nations around the world. The event will bring together around 200 journalists, editors and media experts. The celebrations will include the awarding ceremony for the World Press Freedom Day prize, which will be given this year to the late Sri Lankan journalist and editor of the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was assassinated on January 8 this year. The award is being supported by the Guillermo Cano Foundation, the Nicholas B Ottaway Foundation and JP\Politiken newspaper. The opening ceremony of the event will be attended by Abdul Waheed Khan, the Assistant Director General for Communication and Information, UNESCO, Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani, chairman of the board of the Doha Center for Media Freedom, George N Anastassopoulos, president of the 34th session of the UNESCO General Conference and others.