May 1-6, 2011; Washington, DC; New York, New York
Contacts: Washington Foreign Press Center Media Officers Jose Santacana, Alison Mann, JB Leedy and Andrea Corey
Telephone: 202-504-6300; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Washington Foreign Press Center hosted thirty-eight (38) international journalists to cover World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) events in Washington, DC and New York, NY. 2011 marks the first time that the US has hosted the official UNESCO WPFD program, which included the awarding of the Cano Prize to the imprisoned Iranian journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi. The journalists represented a number of countries from around the world, to include China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Sudan, Uganda and Venezuela. Washington highlights included briefings with senior level State Department officials - Assistant Secretary for International Organizations Dr. Esther Brimmer, and Assistant Secretary Michael Posner from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. In New York, the tour included briefings at UN Headquarters with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as well as a roundtable at Columbia University School of Journalism, and a panel discussion with leading US journalists at the New York Foreign Press Center.