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Posted at 2:07 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, in jail; World Press Freedom Day announced

By Melissa Bell
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Sen. Joesph I. Lieberman (Pawel Dwulit/AP)

The same day that Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) said the New York Times and WikiLeaks may be investigated for espionage, the State Department announced it would be hosting the World Press Freedom Day in 2011.

The press release reads:

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. 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.

People have taken to the US State Department's Facebook page to voice their displeasure. "One day only I guess. And obviously not this year," reads one update.

(Thanks to Boing Boing for noting the timing.)

By Melissa Bell  | December 7, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
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Comments

Wow...

Posted by: onesob13 | December 7, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Joe McCarthy, I mean McLieberman, sorry, Lieberman.......

Posted by: rgv1129 | December 7, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The US is losing its credibility more and more in the world's eyes. It is beginning to appear more and more as a dictatorship disguised as a superfluous democracy.

Rather than persecuting media and taking this type of hypocritical stand, the US State Department would do well to sack its Secretary of State, roll back its spying orders on the whole world including UN and instead of persecuting Julian Assange, begin investigating the real culprits involved - such as who was the person/organisation responsible for classifying documents who failed to classify the list of US facilities as top-secret and not to be mixed up with not top-secret diplomatic cables. It's this person/organisation who should be investigated, not Julian or NYT.

Rather than behaving like an illogical, autocratic dictatorship by suppressing media, the US should look into the failings of its own administration.

Without this, the US has no credibility in the eyes of the world and its so-called call to look into he oppressive countries is a big hoax which does't convince anyone.

People of the world are not fools.

Posted by: Globalseek | December 7, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they can have Julian Assange, the hero of FREEDOM of the press, give the keynote address for the conference from PRISON.

Posted by: eric70 | December 8, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Keep in touched
Julian Assange Wikileaks

Posted by: julianassanewikileaks | December 12, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

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