Social media give ordinary citizens a voice

New social media such as Twitter and Facebook are giving ordinary citizens a voice to be heard.

That’s what the head of the United Nations Department of Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka, told a special event on World Press Freedom Day held at the United Nations headquarters.

Mr. Akasaka said that a lot has happened in the past 20 years and spoke about how new technologies in the media are empowering people.

“The media world changed beyond recognition. New and social media offers the ordinary citizen the opportunity to have his or her voice heard. And today, it is the peoples of North Africa and the Middle East who are organizing and demanding, including through the use of new media, greater freedoms and a stake in how they should be governed.”

World Press Freedom Day is observed annually on 3 May.

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