Freedom of the Press Releases May 1, Ahead of World Press Freedom Day | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press Releases May 1, Ahead of World Press Freedom Day


Freedom of the Press, Freedom House's annual assessment of media freedom in 195 countries and territories, will be formally released on Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. EST in advance of World Press Freedom Day. Media are invited to attend a press conference and photo opportunity in front of the Map of Press Freedom at the Newseum in Washington.

This year's survey shows a seventh straight year of decline in global press freedom with deterioration occurring for the first time in every region. The rollback was not confined to traditionally authoritarian states; with Israel, Italy and Hong Kong slipping from the study's Free category to Partly Free status. 

WHAT: Release Event for Freedom of the Press 2009

WHO: Joe Urschel, Newseum, Executive Director, Senior Vice President
         Karin Karlekar, Freedom House, Managing Editor of Freedom of the Press
         Jennifer Windsor, Freedom House, Executive Director

WHERE: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20001
(Please use 6th Street exit marked Freedom Forum)

WHEN: Friday, May 1, 10 a.m. EST/1400 UTC

RSVP:  Email [email protected] or call +1-202-683-0909.

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