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12/7/10

OT: US to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011

I laughed so much reading this that I just can't resist sharing. Today the US State Department announced the following and we're just going to present the NR without further comment:

"The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 - May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press."

It goes on:
"The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression."

And then:
"At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information."

This is not a spoof, nor is it a joke. The whole NR can be read right here.

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