UNESCO World Press Freedom Day in Australia

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By: Dylan Colaneri

          The UNESCO World Press Freedom Day will take place on May 3rd and this year’s theme has the attention of many media professionals in Australia and New Zealand. The theme is sure to spark debate over the current media states of both countries: “Safe to speak: Securing freedom of expression in all media.” 

          Some of the topics that will be covered throughout the day’s lecture include the “exploration of the libertarian origins of press freedom and the advent of social media and citizen journalism.” The lecture will take place at Griffith University in Australia and will explore the ideas of truth and story-telling in journalism. 

          The presentation will be hosted by Dr. Mark Pearson who is a professor of Journalism and Social Media at Griffith University. Pearson has been an advocate of increased press freedom for a long time and is the Australian correspondent of the Paris-based global media freedom advocacy organization Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders).

          The presentation will certainly take aim at what the future for press freedom might look like in Australia–giving many media professionals a level forum for debate. Why do you think Australia has such a low ranking in overall press freedom (30th worldwide)? What are your opinions about allowing freedom of expression in all media, for certain country?

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