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3 May 2006:16th World Press Freedom Day

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.

-  Meeting

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

-  Publication of a new book of photographs, “Gilles Caron for Press Freedom”

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.

-  The Annual Report on press freedom

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.

The 2006 Annual Report on press freedom (in 105 countries) is available on 3 May in three languages and can be downloaded from the Reporters Without Borders website:

The press freedom barometer in 2006 (up to 24 April)

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.

-  Reporters Without Borders exposes 37 predators of press freedom

The media has enemies, and they all have faces. Reporters Without Borders has shown them to the world each year since 2001. They include presidents, cabinet ministers, kings, “supreme guides,” guerrilla chieftains and bosses of criminal organisations. Each has the power to imprison, kidnap, torture and sometimes murder journalists. Their position usually ensures they are never punished and never tried for their violations of human rights.

The 37 are presented in Gilles Caron for Press Freedom book of photos and also from 3 May on our website:

Press pack, copyright-free photos and other material can be downloaded from:

Contact: Reporters Without Borders press department: (33) 1 4483-84 84 /

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2005 progress Report
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State of accounts at 31 December 2006