Irony is clearly lost on the U.S. State Department

From the Guardian:
With perfect timing an email arrives from Philip Crowley at the state department:

  • The United States is pleased to announce that it will host Unesco's World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from 1-3 May in Washington, DC.
Ironic? Read the next paragraph from the press release:

  • The theme for next year's commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals' right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age.

Shameless. You really could not make it up.
Hopefully reposting this in its entirety is fair use, because, really, what more can you say? The Huffington Post's Jason Linkins has a pretty thorough examination of Secretary of State Clinton's "evolving take" on internet freedom.