Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, in jail; World Press Freedom Day announced
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.)
| December 7, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
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