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WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY EVENTS IN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

On the eve of World Press Freedom Day in Kazakhstan, Adil Soz is revealing the winners of its caricature contest, where journalists from across the country submitted their finest depictions of free expression. The best were compiled into a 2007 calendar, and 1,200 copies were sent out to media outlets, media advocacy NGOs and international organisations. Check out some of the entries here: http://www.adilsoz.kz. After the winners are announced, local journalists will unite in Medeo Square, near Almaty to plant 70 quince trees and inaugurate a "Solidarity Alley" for their fellow workers.

Think world media freedom is in retreat? Have your say at a debate at Portcullis House in London on 3 May, organised by the UK National Commission for UNESCO and Press Freedom Network, of which ARTICLE 19 is a member. Speakers include Russian journalist Oleg Panfilov of the Centre for Journalism in Extreme Situations (CJES) and Nicholas Jones, author of "Sultans of Spin". Chaired by William Horsley of the Association of European Journalists, the Oxford-Union style debate gives the audience an opportunity to contribute and culminates with an audience vote on the motion. You will also get the scoop on the winner of the student writing contest under the theme: "The Greatest Threat to World Media Freedom is?"
See: http://tinyurl.com/ytc9ts
On 2 May, friends and families of journalists killed on the job are invited to the northern town of Bayeux (Normandy), where Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) will unveil the Journalists Memorial, for the journalists killed while trying to keep us informed - 24 this year alone. Bayeux was the first town in France to be liberated from the Nazi occupation. See: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21777

The Iraq war has become the most dangerous conflict for war reporters since World War II. From legal documents and insurance papers to bulletproof jackets, RSF reminds you that it has got your back. For those journalists in immediate danger, don't forget SOS Presse, a 24-hour phone hotline for journalists in distress at +33 (0) 1 4777 7414.

RSF is also coming out with its hotly anticipated annual publications. Put a face to the name of the top predators of press freedom in 2007 with RSF's latest exposé, available 3 May on its website: http://www.rsf.org. On a more glamorous note, the press organisation is publishing a photo book of 100 cinema moments from the Cannes Film Festival, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. All proceeds will go to RSF's press freedom work. See: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21516

Terrorist threats and attacks have led to the widespread tightening of security and surveillance measures which are all too often used to stifle debate, says the World Association of Newspapers (WAN). To commemorate the importance of a free press and the necessity of protecting it against attacks, WAN is offering a package of interviews, articles, essays and more on the theme of "Press Under Surveillance", to be published on World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. The free package can be downloaded in five languages - English, French, Spanish, German and Russian, at: http://www.worldpressfreedomday.org

ARTICLE 19 and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) recommend that you spend World Press Freedom Day reading the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) survey on media access to government information. The hefty 400-page survey of 56 OSCE states looks specifically at public access to information, state secrets and protection of journalists' sources. You can even attend the presentation of the results at the International Press Centre in Brussels on 2 May. The report is available here: http://www.osce.org/item/24157.html

Other IFEX member events:
- Statement by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to "Set Journalists Free on 3 May": http://www.ifj.org/default.asp?Index=4876&Language=EN
Non-member events:
- Frontline Club's media talk on blogging - self-exposure or self-expression? London, UK, 3 May: http://tinyurl.com/yuqnj9
- Political cartoonists are converging in Brussels, Belgium for Cartooning for Peace, 3-4 May: http://tinyurl.com/22m6dv
- Post comments on the subject "Media professionals in times of crisis" on the Council of Europe's website: http://tinyurl.com/27hm8k
- "Guardian Unlimited" (UK) is running a week-long discussion on free expression: http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/index.html
- Amnistía Internacional-Spain's online art exhibit "Arte Implicado ("Implied Art"): http://www.es.amnesty.org/arte/
- Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative's statement on anti-terror legislation being used to suppress free expression: http://www.humanrightsinitiative.org/
- International News Safety Institute says 180 journalists and media professionals have been killed since World Press Freedom Day 2006: http://www.newssafety.com/stories/insi/wpfd030507.htm
(1 May 2007)

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