World Press Freedom Day: May 3

This year the organizers of World Press Freedom Day are focusing on journalists in exile.

The day is organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

In a note to WAN members, global affairs director Timothy Balding explained why WAN was emphasizing exiled journalists this year.

World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2010 Journalists in Exile

Dear Colleague

Despite the existence of rights enshrined by national and international conventions, journalists continue to find themselves in frequent peril for simply doing their job, as they strive to report the truth in the passionate belief that reporting what they see is the foundation of a healthy democracy.

That’s why we’re dedicating our 2010 World Press Freedom Day campaign to Journalists in Exile.

We urge you to explore with your readers these issues by visiting http://www.worldpressfreedomday.org and downloading our free, ready-to-publish materials made available to you over the next few weeks.

Thousands of publishers worldwide will run press freedom stories, features and special supplements on 3 May. We hope you will join us.

The World Press Freedom Day site has some moving interviews with journalists forced into exile.  And a contest for the best use of World Press Freedom Day material in a school newspaper.

World Press Freedom Day 2010 Competition

Deadline: May 10

Here are a couple editorial cartoons:

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