Tuesday, December 7, 2010

US State Department brags that it will host 'World Press Freedom Day' in 2011 -- and no, I'm not making that up

It really takes some nerve bragging that you will be hosting 'World Press Freedom Day" next year, on this day of all days:

The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 - May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press.

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...
Maybe Joe Lieberman can be persuaded to introduce the keynote speaker, Julian Assange.

(If you don't get the reference to the Senator, check out the link. Senator Lieberman has told Fox News that "the New York Times has committed at least an act of, at best, bad citizenship, but whether they have committed a crime is a matter of discussion for the justice department.")