Freedom of expression, the simple freedom to say what you want, about whatever you want, is a right that most of us can enjoy without even thinking. Even more now that the internet has given us a forum for debate and criticism wider and more instant than ever before.
Online, or offline, it’s possible to say anything without any form of consequence, and most of the time we come up with nothing more profound than: Your album sucks. England is a shithole. Berlusconi is corrupt. But in many other countries freedom of expression is a much more serious subject.
People are persecuted and imprisoned simply for daring to criticise their governments, calling for more democracy and press freedom, or exposing human rights abuses online. It’s just not right.
So on behalf of those who don’t enjoy the same freedom of expression that you do, we’d like to invite you to create a poster for a better tomorrow – where we can all say what we want, whenever we want.
Our hope with “Poster4Tomorrow” is to spark a movement to inspire people to stand together against injustice across the world. A movement that will start next year and continue next year and every year until we change something. Because one poster is a start, hundreds, thousands will become a movement for a better tomorrow.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on 10 December 1948, by the United Nations General Assembly. The 19th Article states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression ; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Poster4Tomorrow and Reporters Without Borders are pleased to announce you the next phase of our project: a series of worldwide events to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 2009.
See you soon in Amsterdam, Beirut, Berlin, Brusselles, Cheonan, La Paz, Lima, Londonderry, Los Angeles, Milan, Montreal, New York, Paris, Seville, Stockholm, and more cities to come! We have still one month to the closing day of our poster contest, so please visit us at http://www.poster4tomorrow.org/ and take part by designing a poster. You can also become our friend on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Design a poster on the topic: “The pen is mightier than the sword”.
- The artwork must be a previously unpublished, vertical 50×70cm poster. File specifications are 2953×4134 150DPI RGB JPG (not progressive), no larger than 4MB.
- There are no specifical requirements for the artwork content although it must be free of copyrights.
More details in the official FAQ.
The best 100 posters selected by our International Jury will be part of a number of exhibitions in venues ranging from universities to art galleries and cultural centers. We are confident that these will be the ideal settings for a series of purposeful meetings and debates to discuss the state of Human Rights and Freedom of Expression in today’s world.
How to enter?
Artwork must be sent as a digital file through a SUBMIT page that will be available on this website from the 3rd of September 2009 (PLEASE NOTE: it’s not available right now, it will be added during the day). This is the only way to ensure artwork will be considered by our jury. Once this page is online, participants’ registration will be done via the submission form. It will also specify the artwork file requirements.