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“World Press Freedom Day” goes to Zwedru

Liberian Journalists are gearing up to celebrate this year’s World Press Freedom Day in Zwedru city, Grand Gedeh County, Southeast Liberia.

This is the first time the PUL is taking the celebration to the southeastern region of the country.

May 3rd of each year is observed universally as World Press Freedom Day with appropriate programs, highlighting the significance of free press in a democracy. Major activities include parade followed by an indoors program, where speeches about freedom and democracy are made.

 In the last five years, the PUL has observed the day by taking activities to other parts of the country for communities in to understand the significance of a free press, as well as the rationale of a press in a democratic setting like Liberia. 

According to the PUL, journalists will depart Monrovia on Friday, May 1, 2015 for Grand Gedeh County, and will be joined there by their colleagues from rural Liberia.  

May 2nd will be a Field Reporting Day, during which journalists will report on various issues in the county. On Sunday, May 3 (World Press Freedom Day), an intercessory service will be held, followed by sporting events between the PUL and local teams. The formal events marking WPFD (parade and indoors program) will be held on Monday, May 4, after which participants return to their respective areas. 

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The celebration will climax with an Annual Awards Night & Dinner in Monrovia on Friday, May 29, 2015 during which the PUL will present various prizes to journalists, for excellent performances during the previous year.

By Bridgett Milton 

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