Columbia School of Journalism to Celebrate World Press Freedom Day


May 2, 2013


The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism will host a two-day roundtable conference in New York in honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 2 and 3. The “Press Freedom, Press Standards and Democracy in Latin America” conference will begin on Thursday evening and continue all day on Friday at Columbia’s Journalism Building.

Journalists from across Latin America will attend the conference and participate in a series of panel discussions on freedom of the press, country case studies focused on journalism in Argentina and Mexico, and the political impact of media. The conference is being held in collaboration with the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Columbia Institute for Latin American Studies. To see the conference agenda, click here.

UNESCO is organizing the main celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Costa Rica this year from May 2-4. World Press Freedom Day has been celebrated by over 100 different countries around the world since 1993, and according to UNESCO, “is the occasion to assess press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.” Costa Rica’s celebration of World Press Freedom Day will include an international conference on journalist safety and impunity.

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla will be hosting U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders of the Central American Integration System (SICA) the same week to discuss economic development and security. To read more about Obama’s trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, click here.

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