Freedom of Expression or “Why This Blog?”

“Freedom of expression is one of our most precious rights. It underpins every other freedom and provides a foundation for human dignity. Free, pluralistic and independent media is essential for its exercise.”

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

Today, on 3 May 2013, the International World Press Freedom Day, UNYANET is proud to officially open its blog for the public. Announced at the General Assembly 2012, this blog will give our members as well as guests and experts the opportunity to present their thoughts, ideas and projects to a wider audience. Let me share some thoughts about why we at UNYANET decided to start this blog especially at this important day, when we celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. Continue reading