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World Press Freedom (Day)

Recent negative events around the world likely have made many of us recall relevant events experienced along the way.  Here is a brief excerpt from the draft of a book I’m working on about my years of experience in the financial services industry:

For a few years in the early 2000s some of us from our Toastmasters club were invited by a fellow member to join him and other members of the National Press Club of Canada, right across the street from Parliament Hill, at their annual World Press Freedom Day luncheons.  They were held on May 3rd, aka Word Press Freedom Day.

Moderated by Don Newman, Senior Parliamentary reporter for CBC Newsworld, the luncheon program featured guest speakers of the time such as Kenneth Roth, New York Director of Human Rights Watch, Max Wyman, President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and Carol Off, CBC Newsworld correspondent, who provided a sobering account of limitations faced by reporters in foreign hot spots.  There were also samples of relevant international cartoons. (It was also humanizing to see, from a Toastmaster viewpoint, how higher profile individuals working in the communication field could harbour speaking traits which we work on improving ourselves at the club meeting level.)   

Being a better informed person always helps one’s abilities to keep things in perspective, an attribute helpful in providing services to others, whether professional or not. 

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