About the Author: Joanne Levine serves as Senior Advisor in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.
Hundred of journalists, bloggers, activists and officials from every corner of the globe have descended on Tunis to honor UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day. From Burma and Bahrain, to Qatar and Zimbabwe, those who write, film, text, and tweet the truth will spend three days listening, discussing, and exchanging ideas about the power — and perils — of free speech.
Over a year ago, Tunisia’s Jasmine revolution sparked transitions throughout the Middle East. Millions have come out, and keep coming, to demand change and the right to express themselves — from Tahrir Square and Benghazi, to Sanaa and Hom.
The clarion call for freedom has not been without its bumps and setbacks.… more »