World Press Freedom Day 2016
World Press Freedom Day 2016 Cross Pollinate Consulting Solutions

World Press Freedom Day 2016

When: Tuesday May 03, 2016 4:00-7:30PM

Where: Classroom at the Posner Center for International Development: 1031 33rd Street, Denver 80205

In honor of UNESCO World Press Freedom Day, the Posner Center, Cross-Pollinate Consulting, and Africa Agenda would like to join us in a celebration of rights to media access and freedom of expression. We will have a screening of Bernardo Ruiz’s 2012 documentary, “Reportero,” which follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at “Zeta,” one of the most controversial newspapers in Mexico.

Following the film will have an open panel on how media and press freedoms in the developing world are important for international development. Participants are not required but encouraged to attend both parts of the event. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, please RSVP by Friday April 29, 2016.


-4:00PM: Registration & Networking

-4:30-5:45:  Screening of “Reportero,” director Bernardo Ruiz (2012)

Reportero follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for the media. In Mexico, more than 40 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón came to power and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime groups. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced?

-Moment of Silence for Journalists who have lost their lives in search of the truth-

5:45-6:00: Break

6:00-7:30: Panel Discussion: “Why Media Rights & Press Freedoms are Important for International Development”

Speakers and Country of Focus:

  • Robert Uttaro Ph.D., Professor University of Denver (Nigeria)
  • Sherry Manning, Founder and Executive Director, Friends of ENCA Farms (the Philippines)
  • Charles Kira, CEO & Founder MEAIntl LLC (Uganda)
  • Marcelo A. Ramirez Garcia-Rojas, Student, University of Denver (Mexico)
  • Tony Shawcross, Executive Director, Open Media Foundation (Honduras and Colorado)
  • George Bamu, Founder and Executive Director,  Africa Agenda (Cameroon)

Click here to download a copy of the event flyer/program

RSVP: Marcelo A. Ramirez Garcia-Rojas Phone:  (956) 827-7767 Email:

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