More than 1,000 newspaper publishers, chief editors, advertising directors, and other senior newspaper executives from 100 countries worldwide are gathering in Bangkok on 2-5 June 2013 for the 65th World Newspaper Congress, the 20th World Editors Forum, and the 23rd Newspaper Advertising Forum.
The three events, to be held concurrently, take place at the Bangkok Convention Center, Centara Grand Hotel, in Bangkok. They are designed to provide participants with strategic knowledge and ideas for answering the challenges of the media industry's fast-paced transformation.
The Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Tongthong Chandransu, said that the Thai government is proud that Bangkok had been chosen as the host city for these important media and advertising events. This is the first time Thailand and the ASEAN region host the World Newspaper Congress and its related conferences. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is scheduled to give a keynote address at the Congress Opening at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 3 June 2013.
The three themes of the events are “Innovation, Inspiration, and Interaction.” Many public and private organizations in Thailand have provided support for these global meetings. Among them are the Prime Minister’s Office, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Government Public Relations Department, the Thai Journalists Association, the Press Council of Thailand, and the Online News Providers Association.
The World Newspaper Congress addresses management and business issues facing news media and examines emerging new business models and revenue streams.
The World Editors Forum provides newsroom personnel with an annual meeting place to examine innovations in journalism and newsroom organization. Attendees will acquire new skills in data journalism, storytelling tools and techniques, plus much more.
The World Advertising Forum is the annual venue for publishers and advertising executives to share successful strategies for increasing advertising revenues from both digital and print – and how to show advertisers the full value of your audience.
Thailand upholds the right to freedom of speech and expression as guaranteed by the Constitution. According to the Constitution, a person may enjoy the liberty to express his or her opinion, make speeches, write, print, publicize, and express himself and herself by other means. The mass media have the liberty to express their opinion and to present the news, but with strict concern for professional ethics.
Thailand gives importance to press freedom. Thai journalists enjoy their freedom. They have struggled for a long time to gain, maintain, and strengthen their freedom in order to present news to the greater society. Today, the Government also places priority on freedom of media in its administrative policies.