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Tuesday, April 23, 1996
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World Book and Copyright Day symbolizes support for liberty of thought and freedom of information, Secretary-General says in message on Day.
In the face of the communications revolution, support for the liberty of thought and the freedom of information was essential, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said today.
In his message on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, the Secretary-General said books represented the very concept of freedom of information. Since books could not be dissociated from their authors and their readers, it was important to continue the efforts towards copyright legislation. The concept of copyright needed to be extended into the political area, Dr. Boutros-Ghali said. A society which valued books should not engage in censorship, he added.
In a statement also in commemoration of the World Book and Copyright Day, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director- General, Federico Mayor, said non-governmental organizations should encourage initiatives and activities to make this day "a true book- festival" where all could discover or rediscover the interest of reading and the importance of copyright.
In commemoration of the World Book and Copyright Day, the UN would join publishers and booksellers with a variety of events at Headquarters, UN Spokesman, Sylvanna Foa said today. The events were intended to raise global consciousness about the important role books play world-wide, she said.
In the spirit of a Catalonian Tradition of books and roses, the UN Bookstore handed out roses to the first 200 customers purchasing a book, Ms. Foa said. In addition, a book signing was held at the UN Bookstore throughout the day as well as a UN publications display in the UN Secretariat lobby.
Title: World Book and Copyright Day symbolizes support for liberty of thought, says Secretary-General in message on Day, commemorated 23 April : [statement] : [by the Secretary-General].
Imprint: [New York] : UN Department of Public Information, 22 Apr. 1996.
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World Book and Copyright Day symbolizes support for liberty of thought, says Secretary-General in message on Day, commemorated 23 April : [statement] : [by the Secretary-General].
[New York] : UN Department of Public Information, 22 Apr. 1996.
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