Egyptian Journalist and Blogger
Journalist and author; widow of Daniel Pearl
Director General, UNESCO
Representative Adam Schiff
U.S. House of Representatives
Assistant Secretary of State, International Organization Affairs
Assistant Secretary of State, Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO
President, National Endowment for Democracy
This event was organized in coordination with the World Press Freedom Day conference that took place in Washington, DC, May 1-3, 2011 at the Newseum and National Press Club. This was the first time since World Press Freedom Day was established nearly 20 years ago that the United States has hosted the celebration. The event marked the first anniversary of the Daniel Pearl Press Freedom Act, which calls for a focus on freedom of the press issues in the State Department’s annual human rights reports on countries. The discussion focused on the important role independent media play in democratic and economic development worldwide, with an emphasis on the innovative media platforms that are democratizing how people voice their opinions and access information – and how these must be protected.
About the Sponsors
The Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press was organized in May 2006. The bipartisan, bicameral caucus is co-chaired by Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Michael Pence (R-IN), and Richard Lugar (R-IN). It aims to advance press freedom by creating a forum to combat and condemn media censorship and the persecution of journalists worldwide.
The Center for International Media Assistance, an initiative of the National Endowment for Democracy, brings together a broad range of media experts with the goal of strengthening the support for and improving the effectiveness of media assistance programs by providing information, building networks, and conducting research on the indispensable role independent media play in creating sustainable democracies around the world.