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IFEX and World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day, events planned by IFEX members highlight the need to be ever-vigilant in the defense and promotion of media freedom.

By many accounts, 2012 was the most lethal year ever for journalists. On this 20th World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO is highlighting the need to create a safe environment for journalists and other media workers.

The IFEX network supports the free expression rights of all, and the media have a special place in this work. They are key allies, helping bring to light attacks on the free expression rights of others, and they are also individuals whose work may put their own lives at risk of threats, attacks or worse from those who would silence them.

Defending press freedom can in turn be dangerous. In the last two weeks, staff at ARTICLE 19 in Mexico and C-Libre in Honduras received death threats. But the commitment of IFEX and its members to media freedom is enduring, and has been since IFEX was created in 1991 – the same year as World Press Freedom Day.

An article cannot do justice to the massive scope of events planned around the globe to mark this important day. The activities organised by IFEX members, in addition to the actions they engage in year-round, are a testament to their diversity, to the profound level of their engagement with their communities and to the depth of their commitment to create a safe environment for the media.

We invite you to explore the crowd-sourced interactive Ushahidi map published in cooperation with UNESCO, and be inspired, as we are every day, by these groups at the forefront of defending free expression.

Find out more about how some IFEX members are marking World Press Freedom Day this year by clicking on the links below, and visit our special World Press Freedom Day page.

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