For those of us not able to make it to a World Press Freedom Day celebration, IFEX members have come up with ways to take part in the festivities through Facebook. Post a World Press Freedom Day banner on your wall. Vote for your favourite depiction of free expression. And check UNESCO's official World Press Freedom Day page for the latest updates on what's happening this year in Washington, D.C.
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has prepped some banners that you can post on your wall in the lead up to and on the day. Make sure you are logged into Facebook. Choose the banner you like below and save it to your desktop.
Then, go to http://www.fbannersusers.com/flash/. Start by clicking on "Upload Image" and select the image you have just saved. Click "Upload Banner to Facebook" and watch it get added to your Facebook profile.
Earlier this month, Ecuadorean group Fundación Andina para la Observación y el Estudio de Medios (FUNDAMEDIOS), an IFEX interim member, held a design contest asking applicants to answer what freedom of expression means to them. Between now and 29 April, "Like" FUNDAMEDIOS on Facebook so you can vote to have your favourite design make the shortlist. The winner, which will be announced on 3 May, will receive US$1,000 worth of digital equipment as well as their design being plastered in media across the country.
Finally, UNESCO is putting its theme of 21st century media into practice, and asking you to join the conversation on Facebook. "Like" the World Press Freedom Day 2011 page and get important news and updates leading up to the historic day from various organisations that are helping to manage official events. Already, you can find links to blog posts from IFEX members Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).