The Right to Know: UNESCO commemorates
World Press Freedom Day in the Caribbean
“The Right to Know” is the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day (WPFD). In the Caribbean, WPFD will be commemorated with the two-day annual Caribbean Media Conference. This will be held next Monday and Tuesday (May 3 and 4) in Trinidad and Tobago.
This media event is hosted by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO-Kingston Cluster Office (UNESCO), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), the Caribbean News Agency (CANA), the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) and the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasting Association (TTPBA).
Delegates would be welcomed by a representative from the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Information while UNESCO’s Caribbean Communication and Information Advisor, Isidro Fernandez-Aballi, would give the opening remarks and the feature address would be delivered by former media magnate Ken Gordon.
Approximately 60 delegates from throughout the English, French and Dutch speaking Caribbean are expected to attend the conference and they would be examining media issues from a global as well as regional perspective.
Among the presenters expected at the conference are Dr. Canute James and Mr. David Bain, both of the Caribbean Institute for Mass Communication at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies, Dr. Paloma Mohamed of the University of Guyana, Ms. Mary Polius of Radio St. Lucia and Mr. Rishi Maharaj of the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Information.
Jean Claude Luis, a regional consultant with the Panos Institute in Haiti would give a picture of the media landscape in that country before and after the powerful January 12 earthquake.
Delegates at the two-day conference will discuss topics including Caribbean Media -Capacity Building; Editorial Independence and Quality Public Service Broadcasting; Transforming Media in a Digital Age; Science and Education Journalism and Freedom of Information.
April 29, 2010