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Cameras sit on the ground in front of a line of riot police during a protest by news photographers and videographers in Mexico City last week. The photographers' protest was held to pressure the government to find Contralinea magazine reporter Erika Ramirez and photographer David Cilia, who remain missing after their convoy of Mexican and European human-rights activists and journalists was attacked last Wednesday, killing two people in southern Mexico. - AP photo

'The Right to Know' is the theme of this year's World Press Freedom Day (WPFD).

In the Caribbean, WPFD will be commemorated with the two-day annual Caribbean Media Con-ference. This will be held today and tomorrow in Trinidad and Tobago.

The conference is hosted by the United Nations Education, Scien-tific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) , the Caribbean Broad-casting Union, the Caribbean News Agency, the Association of Caribbean Media Workers, the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broad-casting Association.

Delegates are to be welcomed by a representative from the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Infor-mation while UNESCO's Carib-bean representative Isidro Aballi Fernandez is scheduled to give the opening remarks. The feature address is to be delivered by former media magnate Ken Gordon.

Approximately 60 delegates from throughout the English, French and Dutch-speaking Caribbean are expected to attend the conference where they will examine media issues from a global as well as regional perspective.

Presenters

Among the presenters expected at the conference are Dr Canute James and David Bain, both of the Caribbean Institute for Mass Communication at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, Dr Paloma Mohamed of the University of Guyana, Mary Polius of Radio St Lucia and Rishi Maharaj of the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Information.

Jean Claude Luis, a regional consultant with the Panos Institute in Haiti, will present a picture of the media landscape in that country before and after the January 12 earthquake.

Delegates at the two-day conference will discuss topics including Caribbean media - capacity building; editorial independence and quality public service broadcasting; transforming media in a digital age; science and education journalism and freedom of information.