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Press Freedom Day Honors Journalists: UNESCO Organizes Activities around the World

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Press Freedom Day Honors Journalists: UNESCO Organizes Activities around the World

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UNESCO organizes activities around the world

NEWSPEOPLE KILLED IN Bosnia-Herzegovina, Somalia and other trouble spots throughout the world were remembered on United Nations World Press Freedom Day May 3.

More than 75 print and broacast journalists were killed last year while on assignment, international media organizations aimed at commemorating their deaths and drawing attention to the need for an independent and free press were held worldwide.

"Journalism has become an increasingly dangerous profession, yet this has not deterred men and women from doing their part in the search for truth, the sharing of information, the building of peace and democracy," said Federico Mayor, director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

"There can be no democracy without free media. There can be no free media without the means to be free."

From Paris to the Pacific, UNESCO organized activities to mark the day.

At its Paris headquarters, UNESCO hosted a photography exhibit arranged by Reuters and the Associated Press to honor the work of four newspeople killed in Somalia last July. The exhibit included pictures by Reuters photographers Dan Eldon and Hos Maina, Reuters Television sound technician Anthony Macharia and AP photographer Hansi Krauss, who were attacked and killed by an angry mob as they tried to cover the aftermath of a U.N. helicopter assault in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

A ceremony in Santiago, Chile, was held to inaugurate Freedom of the Press Square. …

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