TEXT: World Press Freedom Day
2011, 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers
SALIM AMIN: What does press freedom mean to me?
Press freedom means the ability
for journalists to be able to cover their
stories without interference —
without obstacles being placed
in their way, without fear of
arrest, fear of imprisonment,
fear of death. Press freedom
means the ability to be able to express
yourself in whatever medium you
choose without fear of repercussion.
IHAB AL JARIRI: The journalist as a person — not as an
organization — can make the
whole change he wants in the society
by himself. The Internet and
the new media give us a good
space to make the change that we wanted
in the society.
DALIA ZIADA: In suppressed communities like Egypt, and
different countries in the
Middle East, the Internet was
like the gates that opened the
door for freedom of expression,
for women’s rights and for people.
YOANI SANCHEZ: I have learned about
the power of kilobytes, the
power of a monitor, a computer.
Since I began, many Cubans have
joined this “Freedom of Speech
Virus” as I call it. They have
created blogs on the Internet
and used Twitter as a speech platform.
WALAA HAWARI: Mobiles are now a way
of bringing the whole picture to
the world while a person is just
walking in the street. So, every
individual is a part of the
media, whether we like it or not.
SALIM AMIN: This is why I think our
jobs as journalists have become
even more important than they
were a few years ago because we
have so much more information we
have to sift through and it’s
vital that there is a
journalistic filter that this
information goes through that
authenticates it and checks it.
WALAA HAWARI: We need freedom, yes — we still
need freedom — because some
regions and some countries —
some regimes — they express
limitations and they do put a
kind of restraint on these media.
MUHAMMAD UMER: The media has started to
assert itself. It is playing a
very vital role and giving a
voice to the civil society, but there
are a lot of dangers for
WANDEE SUNTIVUTIMETEE: The freedom of expression is
very important, especially for the people inside
last time I went to interview
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, many military
intelligence follow me, and they
want to know who I am, so I
have to be careful. Every time I
work in Burma, my life is dangerous.
SALIM AMIN: I’ve been very close to
people that have had tragedies
in the line of duty. This has obviously spurred us to
keep their memories going and to
try and make sure that it was
not in vain.
TEXT: In Memoriam 5/2010–5/2011
[UNESCO list of journalists who died in the line of duty 5/2010–5/2011]
TEXT: International Information Programs