World Press Freedom Day 2018

Exhibitions and Films


Laureates of World Press Photo Prize

Organizer: World Press Photo
Date: Wednesday, 2 May (12h - 12:15)
Venue: First Floor

Opening of Photo Exhibition of World Press Photo. View the entire collection of winning images from the 61st World Press Photo Contest here. (External link)

Portraits of Killed Journalists

Organizers: UNESCO, Wahrheitskämpfer and Doha Center for Media Freedom
Date: Wednesday, 2 May (15h - 15h15)
Venue: Foyer


Film Screening “Courage – Journalism is not a crime”

Organizer: International Media Support (IMS)
Date: Thursday, 3 May (13h - 14h)
Venue: Adlon Ballroom 3

Across the world, journalists are being killed, harassed and imprisoned for carrying out critical or investigative journalism. Still, many carry on reporting. This is the story of three such journalists. Lawi Weng from The Irrawaddy in Myanmar, Erdem Gül from Cumhuriyet in Turkey and Emin Huseynov from Azerbaijan all went to
prison for doing their job.

All are devoted to journalism, but under immense pressure by repressive governments because they seek to reveal what those in power wish to hide. They face torture, jail and the threat of death, but continue their fight in the name of democracy with one thing in common. They have courage - because
journalism is not a crime.

The film has a duration of 44 minutes and features interviews with organisations such as Reporters without Borders, International Media Support, Global Investigative Journalism Network, and the Organised Crime and Corruption Project.

Lunch will be served outside the room for the participants of the session.

Film Screening “City of Ghosts”

Organizer: UNESCO
Date: Thursday, 3 May (16:15 - 17:30)
Venue: Siam

This documentary follows the founding members of “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” an organization of Syrian citizen journalists, as they struggle to report from the besieged town of Raqqa. The young activists risk
their lives in trying to provide information on the crimes committed by ISIS against the people of Raqqa. The award-winning director Matthew Heinemann follows the lives of these brave young citizens.

The film will be screened in the presence of Feras Hanosh and Hussam Eesa, founding members of the initiative Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. In a 30 minute Q&A session the audience is invited to interact with the two