Postage stamps are one of the oldest communication methods. The “Penny Black” issued in May of 1840 is commonly considered as the first postage stamp and currently one of the most sought after stamps by collectors. In 2015, nearly exactly 175 years, there may be a new collector’s item in the philatelic world. In collaboration between the Latvian Post, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, and UNESCO a special commemorative “Freedom of Speech” postage stamp will be issued on 3 May marking the World Press Freedom Day celebration.
The idea for the special commemorative stamp came out during the planning process of main event of the World Press Freedom Day which will take place in Riga, Latvia from 2 to 4 May at the new National Library. Each year, UNESCO leads the international celebration of World Press Freedom Day with a main event as well as setting the global thematic. This year’s theme is “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, and Media Safety in the Digital Age”.
Known for their high artistic quality, the Latvian Post designed and produced the commemorative postage stamps. The stamps will be officially unveiled on 3 May (Sunday) and be presented to the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova who will be in Riga, Latvia during the opening session of the main event.
The “Freedom of Speech” stamp and enveloped are designed by Mr Ludis Danilāns. The basic price of the first day cover (the stamp with its first day envelope) is 0,57 € and approximately 100,000 stamps will be made available beginning from 10:00 am on 3 May 2015 at the Post Office Origo Stacijas laukumā 2, Rīgā.
To find out more about the “Freedom of Speech” stamp, please contact: The Philatelic Department of the Latvian Postal Service (Ziemeļu ielā 10, Mārupes pag., LV-1000 ; e-mail: infofil(at)pasts.lv)