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World Press Freedom Day
May 3

The media has become a major influence in shaping the world. Many are concerned that fewer and fewer corporations are controlling the vast majority of our media -- in the United States just 5 or 6 corporations control most of the newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, music, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. This is alarming because this severally limits the perspectives and points of view that help us to shape our own individual perceptions of events in the world.

Media Democracy Day, on October 18, has become an important opportunity to speak out against the commercialization of our media. It is a time to call for media reforms that promote diversity, and better representation and accountability to local communities.

In 1996 a coalition of groups in Toronto and Vancouver organized a Media Democracy Day to challenge the monopolization of media outlets by a few corporations. Previously, organizations had organized a Media Democracy Day in Britain on October 18, commemorating the 1922 establishment of the BBC (British Broadcasting Company). By 2002, Media Democracy Day was being celebrated in cities throughout the world.

Since 1993, the United Nations has promoted May 3 as World Press Freedom Day -- an important opportunity to remind governments and civil society about the "crucial role a free press plays in strengthening democracies and fostering development around the world."

Help promote a free world press, media reform and support alternative media sources.


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DO ONE THING for a Better World

1. Find out more about media reform and the importance of freedom of the press.

2. Hold an event to promote a free world press, media reform and alternative meda.

3. Support alternative media and organizations working to promote media reform.


UN World Press Freedom Day
UN Dag Hammarskjold Library Links
UNESCO World Press Freedom Day

Reporters Without Borders
World Press Freedom Committee
World Press Freedom Review
Changing The Present: Public Broadcast

MEDIA Quotes

See Also

Media Democracy Day - October 18

A Better World TV
Air America Radio
American Free Press
Channel G
Common Dreams
Democracy Now!
Free Speech Radio
Good News Broadcast
Guerrilla News Network
Huffington Post
Independent Media Center
Mad Cow Morning News
The Meria Heller Show
Minuteman Media
Mother Jones
Online Journal
Pacifica Radio

Planetary Voices Radio
Progressive Media Project
Radio For Peace International
Truth Out

World Press
Freedom Day

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Free Press Day-May 3

Noam Chomsky

George Clooney

Stephen Colbert

Walter Cronkite

Sheryl Crow

John Dewey

Phil Donahue

Eduardo Galeano

Janeane Garofalo

Danny Glover

Amy Goodman

Denis Halliday

Arianna Huffington

Bianca Jagger

Dahr Jamail

Thomas Jefferson

James Madison

Gary Malkin

Michael Moore

Bill Moyers

Edward R. Murrow

Alva Myrdal

Franklin D. Roosevelt

George Bernard Shaw

Adlai Stevenson

Jon Stewart

Barbra Streisand

Ted Turner

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Sarah van Gelder

Howard Zinn

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