CNN's Christiane Amanpour named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

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Irina Bokova (left) with Christiane Amanpour at the ceremony . UNESCO@PHOTO

Renowned journalist and CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour has become Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety for the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

A ceremony was held at the organization's headquarters in Paris.

The Director-General of UNESCO named Ms Amanpour in recognition of her efforts to promote "free, independent and pluralistic media".

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

In the most challenging situations, addressing the most demanding interlocutors, integrity and courage have always guided Christiane Amanpour.

That's what the head of UNESCO, Irina Bokova said at a ceremony to announce CNN's chief international correspondent as Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety.

In her acceptance speech, Ms Amanpour stressed the important role of journalists as "pillars of reform, freedom and democracy" whose task is to "strengthen civil society".

She said journalists are "here to make the world a better place".

She also made an impassioned plea for the release of all imprisoned journalists, wherever they may be, and condemned the increasing number of attacks and assassinations of media professionals.

As Goodwill Ambassador, UNESCO says Ms Amanpour will use her talent and status to help focus the world’s attention on the work of the organization in education, science, culture and communication.

The announcement was made just days ahead of World Press Freedom Day, marked annually on 3 May.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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