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Posted by Marc van Gurp | 2-05-2006 16:04 | Category: Human rights, Media

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Reporters Without Borders has been working daily for more than 20 years to defend press freedom around the world. It will mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May to remind people that democracy suffers every time the right to inform the public and to be informed is undermined in any country.

A visual event to lobby the media and make the public aware of the need to take a stand in favour of this basic right. Wednesday 3 May 10 a.m. at the Parvis des droits de l’homme Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16

After last year’s book about the work of French photographer Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, we now present one devoted to the pictures of Gilles Caron, a French photographer who disappeared in Cambodia when he was only 30, leaving a body of work that was rich and varied and done in the space of only a few years. The book includes includes his most powerful and representative photos taken between 1965 and 1970.

The 152-page book is on sale from 3 May for 8.90 euros and all the proceeds go to helping the 120 journalists currently in prison around the world.
2005 was the deadliest year for a decade for the media, with 63 journalists and five media assistants killed, at least 807 media workers arrested, more than 1,300 physically attacked or threatened and at least 1,006 media outlets censored. More than a third of the world’s population lives in countries where press freedom is minimal.
So far this year, 15 journalists and six media assistants have been killed and 120 journalists and 56 cyber-dissidents are in prison worldwide for simply wanting to do their job.

At the Reporters Without Borders website you can download some of the photo’s made by Gilles Caron.

Below two campaigns from RSF about freedom of press in Iraq and Africa.

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