FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2012
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MEDIA CALL MONDAY MORNING:
IN A DEADLY YEAR FOR JOURNALISTS, SIMITIAN HONORS ‘WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY’
SACRAMENTO – On Monday at 11 a.m., State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) will hold a media call to bring attention to the importance of press freedom and the many countries in which it is threatened. Simitian will be joined on the call by Anthony Mills, acting deputy director of the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a network of editors and journalists dedicated to safeguarding press freedom; and Jim Clancy, CNN anchor of the weekly show “The Brief.” Clancy’s background includes extensive international reporting experience.
This year, according to IPI, at least 38 journalists have lost their lives throughout the world doing their work, making it the deadliest start to the year for the media in recent memory.
Simitian is the author of Senate Joint Resolution 22, which recognizes May 3 as “World Press Freedom Day.” On Monday at noon, he will present a copy of the resolution on the Senate Floor to members of the Sacramento Press Club.
Simitian encourages media outlets to highlight this important day in some way, such as an editorial. Monday’s call is open to credentialed media only.
WHAT: Media call on World Press Freedom Day 2012
WHEN: Monday, April 30 at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time
WHO: State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto)
Anthony Mills, acting deputy director of IPI
Jim Clancy, CNN anchor and representative of IPI’s North American Committee
CALL-IN NUMBER: (800) 553-0326. Password is PRESS