“Journalism under Digital Siege” to be World Press Freedom Day theme

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UNESCO and the Republic of Uruguay will host the annual World Press Freedom Day conference from 2 May, eve of World Press Freedom Day, to 5 May in Punta Del Este. 

Focusing on “Journalism under Digital Siege,” the conference will examine the impact of digital communication on freedom of expression, safety of journalists, privacy and access to information.

Journalism under digital siege

The conference will be opened on 2 May at 2.15 pm local time in the presence of the President of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, and the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay. 

The award ceremony of the 2022 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize will be held at 5 pm on the same day, honouring the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

Confirmed speakers include Shoshana Zuboff, author of the book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism”, Will Carthart, director of WhatsApp, Frances Haugen, former Meta employ and promoter of transparency in social media platforms. 

Nobel Peace Prize laureates including Russian journalist Dmitri Muratov and former Colombian President José Manuel Santos will deliver messages about the role of freedom of expression in promoting peace.

Internationally renowned investigative journalists from the region, such as Carmen Aristegui (Mexico), Jineth Bedoya (Colombia) and Claudia Duque (Colombia), as well as high-level representatives from the United Nations and international courts will also be present.

The conference will offer a wide range of training sessions on digital safety and privacy protection for journalists and will be an opportunity to launch global initiatives and practical tools to address digital threats.