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Black Tie International Magazine:
World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day



World Press Freedom Day 

will feature a full day of high-level plenary sessions
 taking place May 2nd from 9am-6pm

 at the UN General Assembly Hall.




The 30th anniversary event of World Press Freedom Day will take place on 2 May at the UN General Assembly Hall, in a full day of plenaries with prominent human rights advocates, press freedom activists, media leaders and renowned journalists. The list of speakers is updated regularly.  Full draft programme can be consulted below. 


2 May - UN General Assembly Hall


10:00 – 10:40 – Opening session


  • H.E. Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
  • Video message by H.E. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General 
  • Keynote address by A.G. Sulzberger, Chairman and Publisher of The New York Times

Performance by J. Ivy, Grammy award-winning spoken word poet


10:40-11:30 - Speaking out for our rights

The first panel features those who, because they had freedom of expression, were able to raise their voices on various human rights and contribute to changing behaviors and societies.

Remarks by Volker Türk, High Commissioner for Human Rights (Video Message)

Panel opening by Hamida Aman, Afghan Media manager and founder of Women’s Radio Begum

Remarks by Felipe Neto, communicator and digital influencer

  • Agnès Callamard, Secretary-General, Amnesty International
  • Masih Alinejad, journalist and women’s rights campaigner
  • Rana Ayyub, journalist and columnist, Washington Post

Moderated by Maher Nasser, Director, Outreach Division,
UN Department of Global Communications



11:30-12:30 - The institutions that defend human rights

The second panel is an opportunity to recognize the work of the institutions that we have built over the past 30 years as guardians and defenders of our rights

  • Ilze Brands Kehris, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, UN OHCHR
  • Dunja Mijatovic, Human Rights Commissioner, Council of Europe
  • Margarette May Macaulay, President, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • Hassatou Ba-Minte, Africa Programme Officer, International Federation for Human Rights, FIDH

Moderated by Antonio Zapulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation


12:30-14:30 - Lunch break


14:30-15:00 - Multilateralism and freedom of expression: A joint commitment from across the UN

Presidents of representative bodies of the United Nations, will present a joint statement showing how multilateralism and freedom of expression are both essential to ensuring that individuals and communities have a voice in shaping their societies. Moderated by  Bahia Tahzib-Lie, Human Rights Ambassador of The Netherlands


15:00-16:00 - Journalism to reveal and counter human rights violations

How to ensure a plurality of voices and opinions, how to make challenges visible and heard around the world: journalists explain how investigative journalism on human rights violations can contribute to action being taken to improve the human rights situation.

  • Sergiy Tomilenko, President, the National Union of Journalists in Ukraine
  • David Rohde, Executive Editor, New
  • Liliane Landor, Director of the BBC World Service
  • Jose Zamora, Chief communications and impact officer, Exile

Moderated by Hoda Osman, Executive Editor, Arij

The panel will be followed by a Q&A session


16:00-16:30 - Joint Declaration from Special Mandate Holders on Media Freedom and Democracy

This panel will bring together the special mandates on freedom of expression from the UN and regional inter-governmental organizations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day.

  • Irene Khan, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression
  • Ourveena Gereesha Topsy-Sonoo, African Union Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information
  • Pedro Vaca Villareal, Special Rapporteur of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • Teresa Ribeiro, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Moderated by Barbora Bukovska, Senior Director for Law and Policy, ARTICLE 19


16:40-17:40 - Press freedom, the threats to journalists and the future of the media

The last panel alerts us to the threats that journalists face, discusses the state of press freedom and the future of media.

Keynote address by Samantha Power, USAID Administrator

Panel opening by Khadija Patel, Head of Programme, International Fund on Public Interest Media

  • Zoe Titus, President, Global Forum on Media Development; CEO of the Namibia Media Trust
  • Jodie Ginsberg, President,  Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Drew Sullivan Co-founder, OCCRP and Reporters Shield

Moderated by Omar JimenezCNN

The panel will be followed by a Q&A session


17:40-18:00 - Closing remarks and handover

  • Tawfik Jelassi, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO



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