Community Media: Selected Clippings – 05/02/07

[ May 3 – World Press Freedom Day ]

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948

>   Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.   —>

Press Under Surveillance – 3 May 2007
by Timothy Balding, CEO, WAN
World Association of Newspapers

Dear Reader,

Major terrorist attacks and threats against countries world-wide, particularly democracies, in recent years have led to the widespread tightening of security and surveillance measures.

The objective of these measures is laudable and compelling – the protection of citizens against threats to life and property. There is, however, a legitimate and growing concern that in too many instances such measures, whether old or newly introduced, are being used to stifle debate and the free flow of information about political decisions, or that they are being implemented with too little concern for the overriding necessity to protect individual liberties and, notably, freedom of the press.   —>

World: Threats To Press Freedom Growing More Severe
by Heather Maher
Radio Free Europe

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2007 (RFE/RL) — Once again, the slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya has served as a symbol of the kind of danger journalists around the world live with every day.  “Journalists like Anna are on the frontline of human freedom,” U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes told a conference in Washington on May 1. “Yet while her story is perhaps the best known and most widely reported, she is unfortunately not alone. In every region of the world, journalists are under siege.”

Hughes was the keynote speaker at the conference co-sponsored by the Broadcasting Board of Governors and Freedom House.  In front of a packed hearing room at the U.S. Capitol, Hughes said that never before in history have journalists been more important to the development of democracy and at no time have they been more under threat.   —>

Fighting for Air
Speech by Eric Klinenberg
National Press Club (DC)
6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 3

When a cloud of poisonous gas from a train derailment drifted toward Minot, N.D., in 2002, none of the six local radio stations warned residents in time to prevent one death and a thousand injuries. Why? Author and sociologist Eric Klinenberg contends Minot was a victim of the “big media” takeover of local news outlets. Join Klinenberg for a discussion of his book Fighting for Air, which looks at how corporate control of local media has hurt communities by limiting local reporting and how activists and citizen journalists can demand and create better coverage. A question-and-answer period will follow the discussion and books will be on sale. …  Location: National Press Club; 529 14th St., N.W., 13th floor, Washington, D.C.

compiled by Rob McCausland
Dir., Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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