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World Press Freedom Day Celebrations, 3 May 2013

UNESCO Islamabad commemorated the 20th anniversary of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) in Islamabad on 3rd May 2013. The day was celebrated in the presence of UNRC, Mr Timo Pakkala, Director UNIC,
Mr Kazue Tase, Additional Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Muhammad Azam along with Director UNESCO Islamabad, Ms Kozue Kay Nagata and prominent journalists like Mr Hamid Mir, Mr Mohammad Ziauddin and Mr Murtaza Solangi.

Director UNESCO, Ms. Kozue Kay Nagata in her opening remarks, appreciated the professionalism of the journalists in Pakistan, who are working in extremely challenging situations. She said that "we support this Day to emphasize the importance of freedom of expression and free flow of diversified opinions because Media - old and new, print or broadcasting, text-based or visual - have an increasingly important power to boost dynamic and positive change, positive social transformation in the country".

Mr. Timo Pakkala, UN Resident Coordinator while reading the joint statement from the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban-ki-Moon and Director General UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, said "the UN system is strongly committed to coordinating action, raising awareness and supporting Pakistan in upholding international principles and developing legislation for freedom of expression and information."

Within the overall context of press freedom, WPFD 2013 focused to rally international action to protect the safety of every journalist in every country and to break the vicious circle of impunity and to focus on the theme of "Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media" and put the spotlight in particular on the issues of safety of journalists, combating impunity for crimes against freedom of expression, and securing a free and open Internet as the precondition for safety online.
 Joint Message from Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
 Press Release
 Press Clipping  Daily Times | Pakistan Today | Pak Observer
 Event in Karachi