Journalists: UNESCO, Tunis high-level event on press freedom

Karklins to ask for greater involvement by EU MPs

25 April, 09:37

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS - An international conference on the role of the media in countries in a transitional phase, like those of the Arab Spring, will be the top-level event on the upcoming International Press Freedom Day on May 3 in Tunis. Celebrating it will be UNESCO, said Jane Karklins, assistant to the general director for communication and information of the UN, on her visit to Brussels. ''There will be Tunisia's Prime Minister, Hamed Jebali,'' said Karklins, ''and hundreds of journalists from across the region will be taking part.'' ''The event in Tunis in itself,'' added Karklins, ''will not produce any immediate results, but will contribute to high-level training. Moreover, there will be hundreds of Tunisian journalists who will have the chance to exchange experiences with others of the same profession.'' UNESCO will be working in Tunisia for freedom of the press, ''continuing the dialogue and relaunching our contribution to gradual change in the country, which will continue for several years.'' In the European Parliament Karklins will be making a specific appeal: ''my message will be to request greater involvement of European MPs, already active on the front of freedom on the internet and new media to foster freedom of expression.'' (ANSAmed)

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