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UNESCO RELEASES WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2007 REPORT

Last year on World Press Freedom Day (3 May), more than 400 journalists and participants from around the world converged in Medellín, Colombia to pay tribute to journalists who gave their lives to bring us our news. Find out what the experts said about safety and impunity in UNESCO's report of official events, now available online.

Revisit the sessions that addressed the rising challenges to the safety of media professionals - such as how journalists are more likely to be murdered for their work than be killed in war, to why in more than 90 per cent of cases, journalists' murders go unresolved. Read how investigative journalism and corruption relate to press freedom and safety. And learn what journalists with first-hand experience of harassment and violence say needs to be done to secure journalists' safety and combat impunity.

The Medellín conference includes a number of speakers from countries where journalists are most in danger, including Colombia, Russia, the Philippines and Mexico. The Medellín declaration adopted by the participants of the conference closes the book.

Download the publication (in English only) here: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001567/156773e.pdf

The printed version will be available later this month.

(5 February 2008)

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