SEAPA joins local media groups to celebrate world press freedom day

2 May 2005
Source: Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, in collaboration with Thai Journalists Association and Thai Broadcast Journalists Association, plans to organize a public campaign to observe the celebration of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on May 3, 2005 to raise Thai public awareness of the significance of this day and of press freedom.

In line with UNESCO’s WPFD theme which emphasises the relationship between media and good governance, the objective of this event is to widen public support for the cause of press freedom through educating them that the partnership between the free media and the civil society could result in government accountability and good governance.

A series of activities is planed a week ahead of the event. This includes a broad-based publicity campaign in local newspapers and broadcast outlets to educate people about the significance of this day. Some 20 student volunteers from the faculties of communication and journalism in selective universities will also stage activities in public places as part of the campaign.

The week-long publicity will culminate into a public forum on May 3 to discuss the media reform process. Titled “Media reform: What’s in it for you?”, the forum will engage prominent personalities in a public critique of the media and media practitioners in a discussions about the progress of media reform proposals.

The forum, to be held at Thai Journalists Association, is attempted to foster discussions and reflection on the need for non-media sectors to be interested and get involved in the campaign to strengthen and improve the press.

Representatives of civil society—consumer-protection groups, parent groups, child protection groups, academics, etc. shall be invited to interact with the panel and to speak up on how they could benefit from the media and how to improve the press.

About 100 participants will attend the forum.

For more information, please contact Kulachada Chaipipat at seapa@seapabkk.org
Tel: 66 2 243 5579, Fax. 662 244 8749
Or Thiamjai Thongmuang, manager, Thai Journalists Association at 66 2 668 9422

UNESCO DG Speech
WPFD Background
Winhoek Declaration