Tuesday, February 10, 2009
UNESCO World Press Freedom Conference in Brisbane in 2010.
In a first for Australia and the Pacific, the University of Queensland, home of Australia's oldest school of journalism, has won the right to host UNESCO's global World Press Freedom Day conference and Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize-giving ceremony in Brisbane on 3 May 2010. The theme is 'Freedom of Information: The Right to Know', focusing particularly on freedom of expression issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Organisers plan to also encourage a wider 'fringe' program of activities to promote the importance of media freedom to the general public. Let's hope by that time that a series of very positive host-country reports are justified by developments on Freedom of Information reform, whistleblowers protection, shield-laws for journalists, winding back some of our over-reaching secrecy and anti-terrorism laws, clear principles regarding privacy and the right to know and publish, and the generous approach to court suppression orders in some jurisdictions.