Media Freedom!

Media Freedom Around the World
–Findings of a 20 Nation Poll–

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

8:30-9:00am: A light breakfast will be served
9:00-10:30am: Presentation and panel discussion

National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge (top floor)
529 Fourteenth Street, NW, Washington DC (map)

In advance of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2008 this event will release and discuss a new poll of 20 countries on media freedom.

The poll measured public attitudes and values on media freedom in the United States, China, India, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, France, Britain, Mexico, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Great Britain, Jordan, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, the Palestinian territories, Peru, Poland, South Korea, and Ukraine. Topics explored include:

• Internet censorship
• Support for the principle of press freedom
• Government control of information that could be politically destabilizing
• Access to publications from hostile countries
• Public assessments of media freedom in their country
• Prevalence of desire for more media freedom

The panel discussion will explore the implications of the poll’s findings with special emphasis on media freedom issues in China and the Arab world.

Steven Kull, director of will present the findings.

Marvin Kalb, Edward R. Murrow Professor at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, will moderate the panel discussing the implications of the findings.

Panel participants include:

Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Al Arabiya TV

Cheng Li, Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution

Frank Smyth, Washington Representative, the Committee to Protect Journalists

RSVP required. Please email: or call: 202-232-7500. is a collaborative research project involving research centers from around the world and managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland.

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