Every year, people observe World Press Freedom Day on May 3. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the day's commemoration, which represents both an occasion to celebrate the right to freedom of expression and an opportunity to recognize the challenges many journalists face as they report the news.
In the first of our "State in 60 Seconds" video series, M. Arsalan Suleman, Counselor for Multilateral Affairs in the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and the U.S. Deputy Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), explains how the United States supports press freedom through diplomacy.
It only seems fitting that our first "State in 60 Seconds" video focuses on the topic of press freedom, a fundamental component of our democracy that is enshrined in our Constitution's First Amendment. While we are clearly not the press, the DipNote team faces some of the same decisions an editor might have to make. Like any editorial team, we want to provide our readers timely information in a format that meets their interests. Our new "State in 60 Seconds" series represents an important part of our approach to the new DipNote, which re-launches today and will feature more serialized features and a greater amount of multimedia content. So, let us know what you'd like to see on the blog in the days and months ahead, and take a minute to watch Arsalan's video message.
About the Author: Richard Buangan serves as Director of Digital Engagement at the U.S. Department of State.