World Press Freedom Day in Uzbekistan
Every year on 3 May, UNESCO celebrates the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) together with its national partners around the world. In 2017, the topic for WPFD is “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies”. This topic focuses on importance of strengthening free and quality journalism, which, in its turn, enables the media to contribute effectively to the achievement of international and national goals.
It became a good tradition that UNESCO Office in Tashkent have jointly organized events with the National Association of Electronic Mass Media (NAEMM), National TV and Radio Company (NTVRC), In-service Center for Journalists Training (ICJT), and other partners on that day. This year UNESCO Office in Tashkent jointly with the NAEMM will organize a talk show where quality journalism and importance of using analytical and critical approaches in developing media materials will be discussed. Representatives of the national government and non-government organizations, as well as the diplomatic corps will be invited to participate in the event. This talk show will be recorded and broadcasted on all non-government media channels around Uzbekistan.
Another important event planned for 3 May 2017 is the national contest of journalists “Oltin Qalam” (Golden pen), which every year celebrates the best journalists’ works in different printed and electronic media. UNESCO will identify the best media coverage on People with Disabilities.
Furthermore, there will be radio programs dedicated to WPFD broadcasted during 3 May 2017: “Tema dnya” (Theme of the day) with invited speakers from Oliy Majlis and professors from the National University of Uzbekistan and “Na vechernikh volnakh” (On the evening waves) informational and musical program which will present analytical materials regarding media work. In addition, master classes on quality journalism will be organized at the Faculty of International Journalism of the University of World Languages.