Monday, May 3, 2010

For World Press Freedom Day 2010 ECD: Manufacturing Consent: Thought Control in a Democratic Society

 [this image is a poster from here, and others by its creator and other poster artists may be found here]

This really is the least I can do, after having my account at Facebook shut down for my political views. Far worse, is what you're going to see in this film, that continues to this day regarding what the U.S. public is and isn't told via major mass media and corporate news sources about our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Source: *here* at Google Video.

What follows next is from *here*.

Celebrating the Fundamental Principles of Press Freedom

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year on 3 May worldwide. It is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed World Press Freedom Day in 1993, following a recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991.

The United Nations Department of Public Information observance of World Press Freedom Day 2008, organized with the support of UNESCO’s New York Office, was held within the Department’s weekly NGO briefing programme on Thursday, 1 May at 10:00 a.m. in Conference Room 1.

Following an opening segment, the briefing featured a panel discussion on “Access to Information and the Empowerment of People”. The panel discussion provided an overview of the global state of access to information and showed how new information technologies allowed for the empowerment of people, with a specific focus on Brazil. A very clear example of that was provided by the journalist who assembled an open-access database with some 25,000 records of Brazilian politicians showing electoral information and personal data available to voters freely, that has been a constant source of news stories for Brazilian media outlets.

The opening segment included statements and messages by, or on behalf of, the Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly, the Chairman of the Committee on Information, the President of the United Nations Correspondents Association and the Director-General of UNESCO.

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