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World Press Freedom Day Event - "A dangerous time to be a journalist"

For those of you in the Washington DC area on May 3

INVITATION
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PRESS CONFERENCE

Tuesday May 3, 2005
15th World Press Freedom Day

Time: Noon to 1pm
Location: National Press Club – Lisagor Room
529 14th St., N.W., Washington, DC
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A dangerous time to be a journalist
Attacks on press freedom abroad and at home

Never has there been a more dangerous time to be a journalist. Press freedom is far from assured anywhere in the world when more than 100 journalists are being held behind bars, and another 53 journalists have died while doing their job in 2004—the highest toll since 1995. This year, Reporters Without Borders will commemorate World Press Freedom Day by releasing its annual report, “The 2004 Global Press Freedom Tour,” and a list of 34 press freedom “predators.”

Guest speakers include:

Jim Taricani,
reporter with the local NBC TV station WJAR-TV 10 in Providence, just released from house arrest

He Qinglian,
economist, journalist and author of “How the Chinese Government controls the Media”

Graciela Gonzalez-DeGard,
sister of Ricardo Gonzalez, Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent in Cuba, sentenced to 20 years in prison

Pascal Riche,
Washington correspondent of Liberation, and colleague of French journalist Florence Aubenas, who is being held hostage in Iraq

Barbara Crossette,
director of Reporters Without Borders USA, and former New York Times correspondent in Asia and at the UN.

The news conference will highlight the following issues:
- Jailing a journalist is a way to silence the dissident voices that jar on dictators’ ear. Despite an economy that is opening up to the outside world, crackdowns on dissidents are worsening in China, which remains the world’s biggest prison for journalists, just ahead of Cuba.
- Castro’s release of several journalists in 2004 was good news, but the regime has no intention of relaxing its tight control on the media in one of the few countries in the world where news is a state monopoly.
- Reporting on the country’s chaos in 2004 was a very risky business for journalists in Iraq, the world’s largest minefield and busiest hostage market for journalists.
- Even in democratic countries, there have been some worrying abuses of free expression. In the United States, a dozen journalists face prison terms for refusing to reveal their sources to federal courts.

RSVP/Contact info:
Lucie Morillon
Reporters Without Borders
Washington Representative
1015 15th Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington DC, 20005
Tel: 202 256 5613
Email: lucie.morillon@rsf.org
Web: www.rsf.org

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Lucie Morillon
Reporters Without Borders
Washington Representative
1015 15th Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington DC, 20005
Tel: 202 256 5613
Email: lucie.morillon@rsf.org
Web: www.rsf.org

With Reporters Without Borders, don’t wait to be deprived of news to stand up and fight for it.
You want to become a member of Reporters Without Borders from $20 a year? Email us at reporterswithoutborders_usa@yahoo.com

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