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Press Freedom Day – O RLY?

December 8th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

U.S. Department of IronyThe same day when Julian Assange was arrested, the U.S. Department of State announced the “UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2011“.

It reads like a sarcastic joke by the Department of Irony.

The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO‚Äôs World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 – May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press…

The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information.

… perfect timing!

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