free press can be good or bad, but most certainly without freedom it will
never be anything but bad.
Camus, Author, France, 1960
must seek and speak the truth, for we are the voice of the voiceless millions.
Bhatti, Journalist, Pakistan, 1994
Press Freedom Day is a time to cherish the freedom for which other journalists
in more dangerous places are ready to risk everything. They are heroes,
and we should be humbled and inspired by their courage.
Tash, executive editor, St Petersburg Times, 1999
books are burned, sooner or later men also are burned
Heine, German poet, 1823
art, literature, cinema, press posters and window displays must be cleansed
of all manifestations of our rotting world and placed in the service of
a moral, political, and cultural idea.
Hitler, German dictator, 1923
increasing speed and flow of information has opened up closed economies
and helped democratize the most repressive regimes. You can close geographic
borders but you can't build effective borders in cyberspace.
Gates, CEO, Mircosoft Corp., 1999
public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what it
is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like
habits, supplies their demands.
Wilde, playwright, 1891
good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
Miller, playwright, 1961
each night, I receive next day's newspapers. Reading them brings depressing
moments -- the misunderstandings, the misinformation, the unqualified,
sometimes rancorous criticism . . . But awhile later, I realize that these
same newspapers contain much that enlightens and enriches me. As I go
to bed, I am almost euphoric that we are a free country, that we have
this free press to unleash the enormous creative potential that was suppressed
not so long ago.
Havel, President of the Czech Republic, 1992.
live in a complex, puzzling world. Making sense of it requires revolutionary
ideas. To develop new ideas, we need to be able to speak and be heard
Rubik, inventor of the Rubik's Cube, 2000
liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what
they do not want to hear.
Orwell, English novelist, 1945
mourn the loss of books that will never be written, I mourn the voices
that will be silenced -- writers' voices, teachers' voices, students'
voices -- and all because of fear.
Blume, author, 1999
should be able to say what they think about anything without being frightened
to do so. Sometimes this requires great courage. Be brave, speak up, and
fight for the right to do so, even when you disagree with what is being
said or how vile you think it to be.
Knightley, author, "The First Casualty", 2000
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A Newspaper Exercise
kit for Schools
Target ages : 11 to
1 : International Texts on Press
2 : Press Freedom Day 3 May
newspaper on 3 May to see if it celebrates Press Freedom Day.
Write a letter
to the editor commenting on the May 3 stories and editorials.
Send WAN copies
of May 3 stories you find and of your letters.
You can learn more about Press Freedom Day at:
3 : The Meanings of Freedom
Find as many
synonyms as possible of the word "Freedom" and use each word in
a newspaper headline (the title that appears above an article).
do the same thing in another language
Try to find
some of these synonyms in the newspaper. Do not forget to look
at the advertising!
4 : The Map of Freedom
and then color the map according to whether a country is listed
as free, partially free or unfree.
belongs to which category? Why do or don't you agree?
your newspaper for stories about a country from each section.
Does the story deal with questions of freedom of expression
in that country ?
kind of freedoms do you think this map should include?
teams to compile the same front page of a newspaper in a free
country, a partial free country and an unfree country.
5 : A Freedom Photo Gallery
connection of each photo with Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression.
- Which photo
represents a problem you understand very well ?
- Which photo
represents a problem that for you is very far away ?
Try to imagine
a photo that shows the problems of Press Freedom or Freedom of Expression.
Either describe the photo in writing, draw it or arrange a group
of people to create a scene that recreates your imaginary photo.
6 : Why Can't We Always Write What We Want?
some tough topics like suicide, crime, rape, violence. In some
countries you can freely write about one or more of these themes.
In some not. Some countries have restrictions.
Can you name
more tough topics?
Do you know
of topics that newspaper, radio or TV in your country are not
(really) allowed to treat ? If so, how do you feel about this?
treatment of such tough topics in the newspaper.What is the problem
? How is it handled ? Do you agree ?
Can you find
evidence of limitations on freedom of expression can you name?
Do you know
of any special rules or regulations regarding newspapers that
created by students in their schools ? Comment on them.
7: Make Yourself Heard
What do you
think are the most effective ways of being heard?
Try to find
examples in the newspaper where people are making themselves heard.
Does the newspaper
have a page, telephone number or e-mail address where readers
can express their opinions ?
On which subject
in the newspaper would you like to express your opinion ?
tell the newspaper what you think about that topic.
8 : A Front Page of Freedom
own newspaper title
own headlines and an articles
pick your own cartoon or picture
own photo caption
here to see the parts of a front page.
9 : Designs for Freedom
explain in one sentence what connection each cartoon has with
Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression.
cartoons present the message well ?
you think so ?
cartoons do not succeed well in this purpose?
your own Press Freedom poster.
Click here to see some
10 : Talking about Freedom
varied opinions about Freedom of Expression and Press Freedom.
We have included some of those on the left side of this page.
What would you say now about Freedom of Expression and Press Freedom!
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