In recent years, few major catastrophes have taken place without being captured through video, pictures, or tweets by ordinary citizens. Citizen journalists have reported on everything from the civil war in Syria, to natural disasters such as the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, to incidents of police brutality at Occupy protests.
Committee to Protect Journalists
Internet access has slowed, critical websites have been blocked, and several journalists have been summoned back to prison in Iran as the country's Guardian Council made a key decision today barring two leading candidates from the presidential election. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the broad efforts to deny Iranian citizens information in the run-up to the June vote.
As we count down to this year’s events, you will see posts to this blog from various organizations that are working to advance free expression worldwide and are also helping to organize World Press Freedom Day 2011 events in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and UNESCO.
Check out IJNet's coverage of World Press Freedom Day, the premier global website for journalists to find training and fellowships, learn new skills and advance their careers. IJNet reports in seven languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish - on the latest innovations, resources and awards.