|World Press Freedom Day in Washington: an opportunity to spotlight China's oppression of cyberdissidents.|
Philip Crowley at the State Department sent us this memo today:
The United States is pleased to announce that it will host Unesco's World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from 1-3 May in Washington, DC. Next paragraph from the press release:Next paragraph from the press release:
The theme for next year's commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals' right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age.The United States Department of Fear is proud that America will be hosting the event next year. As Secretary of State Clinton said in a historic speech on Internet freedom earlier this year, the issue today "isn’t just about information freedom; it is about what kind of world we want and what kind of world we will inhabit."
Let's hope China gets the message.