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Director-General condemns killing of cameraman Mohammed al-Asfar in Syria

Fri, 03/07/2015 - 20:06

“I condemn the killing of Mohammed al-Asfar,” the Director-General said. “Media workers in Syria have been paying an unacceptably high price for doing their work. I appeal to all parties in Syria to respect the civilian status of journalists. The right of reporters to carry out their professional duties must be respected in times of war as in times of peace.”

Mohammed al-Asfar was killed while covering fighting in the southern city of Daraa on 26 June.

The 19-year-old cameraman had been working for Al-Jazeera television since March this year.

 

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

 

 

Developing Open Educational Resources in Uzbekistan

Fri, 03/07/2015 - 16:30

The Seminar was initiated as follow up of the 2012 Paris Declaration on Open Educational Resources and 2015 Qingdao Declaration adopted at the International Conference on ICT and Post-2015 Education. The content of the seminar was elaborated on the basis of the 2012 UNESCO Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access. Seminar’s participants represented information-resources centers of the 31 universities from all regions of the country, National Library of Uzbekistan and Ziyonet Education-Information Nation-Wide Network.

Since training modules included practical online exercises, the Open Resources Center of the National University of Uzbekistan, which possesses broadband-enhanced ICT facilities, was selected as venue for the event. The opening ceremony of the seminar was attended by Rector of the Uzbekistan National University, Head of UNESCO Tashkent Office, Deputy Minister of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of Uzbekistan, Director of the National Library of Uzbekistan and Secretary-General of the National Commission of Uzbekistan for UNESCO. Keynote speech was delivered by an expert from the Tashkent University of Information Technologies. Training modules were covering subjects on Open Access Journals, Open Access Repositories, Creative Commons, Digital Online Libraries, E-Learning Design.

At the end of the Seminar all participants had an opportunity to pass online examination on “Open Educational Resources” of the UNESCO International Institute on Information Technologies in Education, Moscow. In order to achieve multiplied effect, it has been decided that all participants upon return to their respective organizations will organize similar training sessions and modules for the staff of the libraries and teachers of the universities for the purpose of sharing the learning materials on Open Solutions and for the establishment of a network among libraries and higher educational establishments worldwide.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution. They provide a strategic opportunity to improve the quality of education as well as facilitate policy dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building. Over the last 10 years, UNESCO has helped spur an international movement in support of OER.

Establishing a Global Centre for Excellence for Persons with Disabilities using ICTs

Fri, 03/07/2015 - 14:38

At the opening of the meeting, Mr Lenin Moreno, the former Vice-President of Ecuador and UN Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, insisted on the importance of cultural and technical inclusion of people with disabilities in society. He also emphasized that disability is part of world’s diversity of abilities, without which the world would be a less interesting place, and that the involvement of people with disabilities in the creation of ICTs is vital.

Over the two days, the experts discussed the proposed Centre, to be based in the State of Kuwait, defining its vision, mission, functions, objectives, scope and title. They further proceeded to the development of a strategic roadmap, and proposals for the structure of the Global Centre, as well as resources and infrastructure required.

The perspectives and recommendations of the experts were highly valued and will no doubt lead to a vital and inclusive Global Centre working for the empowerment of peoples with disabilities through ICTs. The organizers of the international expert meeting also invited the participants to identify particular problems and barriers to accessing information and knowledge and to match these with possible solutions and appropriate ICTs and assistive technologies.

The proposal for the establishment of the Global Center for Excellence will be submitted for the approval of the governing bodies of UNESCO later this year.

Director-General deplores killing of Indian journalist Sandeep Kothari

Thu, 02/07/2015 - 16:16

“I condemn the killing of Sandeep Kothari,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to trial. This is essential for journalists to be able to go on informing public debate for the benefit of Indian society as a whole.”

 

The body of Mr Kothari was found near the city of Nagpur on 21 June. He had been abducted two days earlier.

 

Mr Kothari, 40, worked for several daily newspapers in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

 

Director-General meets John Whittingdale, United Kingdom Secretary of State of Culture, Media and Sport

Thu, 02/07/2015 - 09:33

The Director-General underlined her relentless commitment to strengthening UNESCO's action to bolster international responses to the destruction of cultural heritage and illicit trafficking of cultural goods, highlighting the measures taken to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2199, working with a wide range of partners.

The Secretary of State noted the increasing actions taken by the UK government in this field, working with museums, customs, police and other key actors. He pointed to the interest for UNESCO to contribute to these efforts.

Irina Bokova welcomed the encouraging statements that the United Kingdom will ratify the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict, which forbids targeting cultural heritage or using it for military purposes. The Secretary of State underlined the commitment of the Government here, agreeing with the Director General on the need to bolster a rules-based international order through such conventions. 

Discussion followed on the need to fight the radicalisation that fuels cultural cleansing, when the Director General presented UNESCO's work, including the new Framework for Action, Empowering Youth to Build Peace. The importance of responding to hate speech on the internet and through social media, especially for young people, was highlighted.

Irina Bokova provided an overview of UNESCO's action to promote freedom of expression as well as the safety of journalists, namely by leading the implementation of the UN Plan of Action for the Safety of Journalists. The Secretary of State underlined his great interest in these issues and UNESCO's work in this field and looked forward to stronger cooperation.

The Director-General underlined the 70th anniversary celebrated this year of UNESCO's creation, and the historic role played by the United Kingdom in the Organisation's birth.

Asia-Pacific women journalists outline aspirations, challenges at study launch

Tue, 30/06/2015 - 15:26
In some Asia-Pacific countries, the preference is for women to be “heard and not seen” in newsrooms, Laxmi Murthy, Consulting Editor for Nepal’s Himal Southasian magazine, said at the launch of a new report by UNESCO, UN Women and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on the challenges women journalists face in Asia-Pacific.

IPDC is fit for purpose in the digital age

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 16:51

She spoke on a panel titled “70 years of the UN – from the past to the future: fit for purpose n the age of digital media?

Ms Shala highlighted that IPDC is adapting to meet the challenges of the digital age, through partnerships such as with Deutsche Welle on indicators for media viability – including digital viability, as well as by supporting innovative media projects like an online course for Mexican judges.

These activities aimed to help bridge the digital gap among nations and to support online freedom of expression and access to information as rights.

“No other contemporary development is likely to be more profound in its long term impact on global society than the information revolution and the rise of the Internet,” said the IPDC Chair.

Ms Shala described how IPDC was at the forefront of global efforts to support the safety of journalists, including digital safety. In addition, IPDC supported the empowerment of young people to put their issues effectively onto the digital media and social media agenda.

“This is what gives young people control of their own identities – instead of leaving vulnerable to emotional manipulation by propaganda or advertising. We live in a young world,” she said.

Her remarks noted that IPDC’s Council endorsed continued work in standard setting through the elaboration and application of indicators relevant to media development.

This includes work on indicators for Internet development, to assess the extent to which the universality of the Internet is being reinforced by the principles of human-Rights, Openness, Accessibility, and Multi-stakeholder participation (R.O.A.M).

More could be done but IPDC was increasingly being fitted out, said the IPDC Chair, adding that “it goes without saying that UN has to be fit for the digital age, for which we have no alternative”.

UNESCO will release three new documents during the VI Latin American Forum on Public Media

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 15:50
The upcoming celebration of the VI Latin American Forum of Public Media: Economic, Social and Cultural Sustainability (June 25-26, Bogota, Colombia) will launch three new working tools from UNESCO.

UNESCO and SMEX to launch an online training course for Arab digital journalists

Wed, 24/06/2015 - 15:26

Nowadays, citizen journalists and community media producers are going beyond blogs and Twitter, some of them leading fully-fledged independent media outlets, managing complex content production processes and strategic outreach plans. Often, they are reporting live from the scene with nothing more than a mobile phone reaching out to millions. With this in mind, and in a region going through many changes, comes a real need for independent voices skilled at telling stories of the day over the different media channels people are following.

Hence, UNESCO and SMEX joined efforts for an initiative aligned with both organization’s mandate to create an enabling environment for freedom of expression, with a special focus on youth and women.

Planned course modules include:

  • The Digital Journalist’s Mindset
  • Writing in a Digital World
  • Verification & Attribution of User Generated Content
  • Mobile Reporting
  • InvestigativeJournalism
  • Data Journalism
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Planning, Promoting & Measuring the Impact of Your Work

Accompanying each of the abovementioned thematic components will be parallel weekly modules focused on digital safety, which will equip trainees to better protect themselves and their sources as they pursue their work.

Hangouts with guest speakers, online discussions and “editorial meetings” will enable participants to share ideas and experiences, as well as receive additional advice.

The 8-week online course will be administered through NetHawwal.com, SMEX’s training platform. Participants who successfully complete it will receive a certificate, and will also benefit from 6-weeks of coaching, in support of the development of a digital journalism project.

Selected on the basis of their level of engagement during the course and the quality of the content produced, a number of participants will be invited to attend a face-to-face workshop to be held in Beirut in 2016, where they will be joined by top-level digital journalists.

Applications are invited from the following countries: Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria (including displaced Syrians), Tunisia, and Yemen. Applicants are not required to be professional journalists, but participants will be selected to some degree on the basis of journalistic work they have already produced. Applicants are encouraged to apply before July 20, as space is limited to 100 participants.

Click here to read more about this online course´s contents, modalities and target audience.

Apply to the course here (Arabic only).

This course is being supported under a project funded by the Finnish Government, which promotes freedom of expression in the Arab region by building capacities among journalists and enhancing their safety, strengthening legal and regulatory frameworks, advancing gender equality in media, and fostering self-expression and access to information among displaced Syrian youth.

It also benefits from the support of the Networks of Mediterranean Youth project, funded by the European Union, which, among other goals, promotes young people´s freedom of expression, their enhanced representation in media, skills-building and exchangesamong young journalists, bloggers and youth organizations.

UNESCO, UN Women and IFJ study gives journalists their say on challenges faced by women in Asia-Pacific media

Wed, 24/06/2015 - 11:03
Seven-country report finds underrepresentation, glass ceilings and sexual harassment common, while offering pathways to improve gender equality.

Foreign policy must recognize the importance of media viability

Wed, 24/06/2015 - 10:39

The first place to start such a discussion on media viability is the new assessment framework developed by the IPDC in conjunction with the Deutsche Welle Akademie, observed Laura Schneider, Project Manager responsible for research and evaluation at the DW Akademie.

Earlier in his introductory remarks, Fackson Banda of the IPDC explained that such an assessment tool was represented by the newly developed IPDC Media Viability Indicators, aimed at producing an evidence base for understanding the status of economic and financial viability of media in a given country.

Taking up this point, Schneider, whose organization partnered with the IPDC in developing the toolkit, stressed that it was important to pilot the indicators in order to get a sense of their usefulness and versatility as a diagnostic tool.

Speaking on behalf of the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), Mark Nelson, the centre’s Senior Director, unveiled a study conducted by CIMA to aid understanding of what, how and where media assistance was supported by OECD/DAC (Development Assistance Committee) countries.

He concluded that the IPDC’s Media Viability Indicators could potentially be a game-changer in getting OECD/DAC countries to better target their assistance in support of the larger question of improving free and independent media.

For his part, DW’s Daniel Blank, responsible for global partnerships, challenged the participants to think of how the Media Viability Indicators could be used in training a cadre of future media business strategists.

He expressed concern that business training workshops were sometimes carried out in an environment of insufficient knowledge about the business positioning of media companies, pointing out that the IPDC toolkit could potentially remedy this.

The Media Viability Indicators were developed by Robert Picard of Oxford University in consultation with the IPDC and the DW Akademie. 

Among others, the panel discussion was attended by representatives from the BBC Media Action and Germany’s Catholic Media Council (CAMECO). The panel was one of several organized at the Global Media Forum organized by Deutsche Welle under the theme “Media and Foreign Policy in the Digital Age”.

Assessment of journalist safety in Iraq launched

Tue, 23/06/2015 - 15:17
A comprehensive analysis of the safety situation of Iraqi journalists using the UNESCO Journalists’ Safety Indicators (JSI) has started last week in Baghdad with a workshop during which the Iraqi Journalists’ Rights Defense Association (IJRDA), UNESCO’s partner in the assessment, presented the research project.

Director-General deplores killing of Ukrainian journalist Sergii Nikolaiev

Tue, 23/06/2015 - 10:30

“I condemn the killing of Sergii Nikolaiev,” the Director-General said. “I call on all in Ukraine to ensure the safety of media workers.”

A senior photographer for the Ukrainian daily paper Segodnya, Sergii Nikolaiev, is reported to have been fatally injured near the village of Pesky, near the Donetsk airport, in eastern Ukraine.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

Global Media Forum highlights safety of journalists

Tue, 23/06/2015 - 09:10

Peter Noorlander, Head of the Media Legal Defence Initiative, spoke of a growing tendency of legal persecution of journalists, with cases being brought on pretexts such as tax fraud.

New threats were identified by Dr Antonia Rados, chief correspondent for foreign affairs, RTL Television, Germany. She said that her station no longer put all its content online, because this could endanger some interviewees due to the reach of the Internet.

She added that terror groups no longer respected journalists, because they now had their own media operations. An international community of journalists needed to be built to regain power.

Zalah Zater, former reporter for Libyan stations Al-Assema TV and Al-Nabaa, described how mounting threats forced him to leave his country, and that many journalists had left the profession rather than work for propaganda media.

UNESCO’s Guy Berger said that all actors needed reliable information and coverage, which meant there was a possibility to persuade media owners and extreme groups to recognize the autonomy of journalists. Awareness should be raised that those attacking journalists could incur severe consequences at a later point.

Berger also signaled the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity as a framework for building coalitions to protect the work of the press and ensure rule of law in case of attacks.

UNESCO launches Countering Online Hate Speech publication

Fri, 19/06/2015 - 15:19

The study has been developed in cooperation with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford. It provides a global overview of the dynamics characterizing hate speech online and some of the measures that have been adopted to counteract and mitigate it, highlighting good practices that have emerged at the local and global levels. While the study offers a comprehensive analysis of the international, regional and national normative frameworks developed to address hate speech online, and their repercussions for freedom of expression, it places particular emphasis on social and non-regulatory mechanisms that can help to counter the production, dissemination and impact of hateful messages online. 

Four main areas of tension arising between the international standards aimed to regulate freedom of expression and the obligations of states and societies to counter or limit hate speech are addressed in the study. It analyses, first, the definition of the hate speech; second, the jurisdiction of the national governments and the role of transnational companies; third, the character of hate speech online and its relation to offline speech and action; and fourth, it identifies a variety of methods that have been used to address specific and contextual problems.

The study focuses on four types of initiatives that have been launched to counteract the emergence and/or the spreading of hateful messages: i) research efforts to monitor how hate speech online emerges and spreads, developing early warning systems and methods to distinguish among different typologies of speech acts; ii) coordinated actions by members of the civil society seeking to create national and international coalitions to address emergent threats connecting online hatred and violence offline; iii) initiatives to encourage social networking platforms and Internet Service Providers to play a more robust role in actively responding to hate speech online; and iv) media literacy campaigns and initiatives aimed at preparing users to interpret and react to hateful messages. Building on these cases the study provided for a set of recommendations that can be adopted by a variety of stakeholders to develop practical and tailored responses.

The roots of the study lie in UNESCO’s fulfilment of Resolution 52 of its 37th General Conference in November 2013, as agreed by the Organization’s 195 Member States. This resolution called for a comprehensive and consultative multi-stakeholder study, within the mandate of UNESCO, on Internet-related issues of access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy, and the ethical dimensions of the Information Society.

The research into hate speech served as a contribution towards the wider study.

The full text of the study is available here.

Director-General urges respect for press freedom in Libya

Fri, 19/06/2015 - 10:32

“I condemn the killing of journalists Muftah al-Qatrani, Khaled Al Sobhi, Younes Al Mabruk Al Nawfali, Abdallah Al Karkaai, Yousef Kader Boh and Mohamed Jalal,” the Director-General said. Press freedom and freedom of expression must be protected, especially in times of insecurity and unrest when the public’s need for information becomes absolutely crucial. The safety of civilians, including journalists, must be treated as a priority in all efforts to restore stability and the rule of law to Libya.”

The dead body of Libya Al-Wataniya TV’s correspondent in Benghazi Muftah al-Qatrani was found in the office of the production company he managed in the city on 22 April.

A few days later, the bodies of four Libyan and one Egyptian journalists working for Barqa TV were found by Libyan military in a forested area in the east of Benghazi. Their identity was established as: Khaled Al Sobhi (aka Khalid Alhmil), Younes Al Mabruk Al Nawfali (aka Younes Alsul), Abdallah Al Karkaai (aka Abdelsalam Al Kahla), Yousef Kader Boh (aka Yousef Al Gamoudi) and Egyptian photographer Mohamed Jalal. The five journalists had been missing since August.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

Inside the News: UNESCO Bangkok launches a regional study on women journalists

Wed, 17/06/2015 - 12:20

The research study Inside the News: Challenges and Aspirations of Women Journalists in Asia and the Pacific, released by UNESCO’s Office in Bangkok, UN Women and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), highlights how issues of gender impact the lives and work of journalists in the region with specific case studies from Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu.

What does a snapshot of gender in the region’s media scene look like today? What is the position of women in news production and in the management of media outlets? What are their working conditions and career development opportunities? What challenges do they face?

The study, which will be launched during a public event on 22 June at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok, assesses the situation of women journalists in Asia and the Pacific 20 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and proposes actions to foster gender equality in the media of the region.

The publication of the study and the organization of the launch event were made possible thanks to the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Selection of key findings

  • Jobs women in the media do: Reporters (30%), Feature writers (16%), Editors (11%), Sub/Copy Editors (10%), Columnists (8%), News Anchor (8%), Producers (7%), Photographers (5%), Design/Layout (2%), Media support (2%), Camera/Sound (1%)
  • Gender pay gap in Asia-Pacific media: $US 69 (Average monthly salary $US 437 by women, $US 506 by men).
  • How can we foster gender equality in media? Women journalists say ‘Having more women in decision making roles’ (25%), ‘Affirmative employment strategies’ (20%). Male journalists say ’Having more women in the media at every level’ (28%), ‘More family friendly work conditions’ (22%).
  • Women at work in the media: 3 out of 10 news staff are women. 23% of women are middle editorial decision makers; 20% are senior editorial decision makers; 18% are media executives.
  • 18% of women journalists have experienced sexual harassment at work.
  • Do women have enough visibility in unions? 48% of the respondents say ‘No’, 23% say ‘Yes’, 25% ‘don’t know’.

Download the publication:

Countdown to Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2015

Wed, 17/06/2015 - 11:41

This annual event is led by UNESCO and the United Nation Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in connection with the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) and the Media and Information and Intercultural Dialogue University Network (MILID University Network).  

At the conference this year, the GAPMIL International Media and Information Literacy Award will be launched. The UNESCO-initiated GAPMIL will be awarding its first International MIL Awards to Jad Melki, founder of the Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut (Lebanon), and Tessa Jolls, Executive Director of the Center for Media Literacy (USA). The International MIL Award is supported by UNESCO and UNAOC.

For the fifth time, MIL Week will be uniting diverse actors committed to promoting media and information literacy as a way to foster social inclusion, intercultural and interreligious dialogue. Stakeholders, including universities, associations, practitioners, research groups, teachers as well as media, information and technology specialists from all around the world, will attend to give momentum to the dialogue at a global level.

UNESCO and partners are inviting stakeholders all over the world to organize local initiatives online or offline. A special focus could be given to youth and their role in global dialogue and peace. Please see the 10 Ways to Celebrate Global MIL Week 2015.

The main conference will be held at the Philadelphia Westin Hotel in the heart of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. The theme for the 2015 MIL Conference is Celebrating Connectivity across Cultures.

Through the efforts of UNESCO, UNAOC, the Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research (NORDICOM), and the MILID University Network, a MILID Yearbook was published in 2013 and 2014. The 2015 MILID Yearbook will be officially released at the conference, with the title MIL for Sustainable Development Goals.

The Global MIL Week 2016 will be planned during the conference, which will be take place in Brazil. Please visit our website for updates.  

The MILID University Network is the research arm of the Global Alliance for Partnerships in MIL (GAPMIL). GAPMIL was designed to push for media and information literacy for all, to raise global awareness and to jointly develop and implement concrete MIL initiatives in line with its Framework and Plan of Action. Follow the link to read more and to join GAPMIL.

Free expression can counter hatred and extremism

Wed, 17/06/2015 - 10:17

Chair of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication, Albana Shala, moderated the discussion, which gave particular attention to the role of the media:

  • Larry Kilman of the World Association of Newspapers described good practice with media companies that have clear guidelines for online commentary, and in terms of which they moderate content to ensure a civil conversation.
  • Remzi Lani of the Albania Media Institute warned that if mainstream media practised “hate silence”, this tended to drive hate speech into “echo-chambers” in social media. Balkan wars had ended on the ground 15 years ago, but tension was continuing with a new generation on the Internet.
  • Media and social media are unwittingly helping ISIS recruitment, said Iraqi journalist Dana Asaad, who criticized the reportage of only a small part of the reality. “Media should show the peaceful sides of Islam, and cover the stories of victims of ISIS,” he said.

State responses were discussed by Gabrielle Guillemin of the NGO Article 19. She highlighted that any website blocking should be exceptional and adhere to international standards for freedom of expression. Courts rather than law enforcement bodies should make the determination.

The need for states to promote Media and Information Literacy in schools was urged by Olunifesi Adekunle Suraj of Lagos State University. He said that this form of empowerment was needed because protectionist steps were not working.

Research and conceptual clarity is critical, said Oxford University academic Iginio Gagliardone, who is also lead author of a new UNESCO study released at the event.  

In order to counter hate speech online, both the causes and the actual impact have to be understood, he said. Social context was vital to assessing whether there was really a risk of harm arising from incidents of hate speech online.

UNESCO supports Global Alliance on Media and Gender at 29th Human Rights Council

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 16:52

The parallel session will take place on 17 June 2015 and is titled "GAMAG Europe – Issues & Challenges”. It will seek to launch a powerful European Sub-Regional Chapter of GAMAG that would connect and involve initiatives in the region.

This panel discussion will be a follow up to the GAMAG meeting at the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, promoting the relevance of gender and media to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

It also follows the successful launch of the Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of GAMAG at the International Forum: Gender, Media, ICTs and Journalism, 20 years after the Beijing Platform for Action, which was hosted by the Center of Interdisciplinary Research in Sciences and Humanities, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) on 27 and 28 May 2015 in Mexico.

Together these initiatives are giving momentum and drawing the attention of governments and the development community to gender and media challenges and opportunities. Activities will continue through 2015 and will culminate with the First Joint International Meeting of Government, Development Organization and Private Sector on Gender Media and ICTs and the First GAMAG General Assembly.

The Global Alliance on Media and Gender is an outcome of the 2013 Global Forum on Media and Gender led by UNESCO in collaboration with UN Women, the Kingdom of Thailand National Commission for UNESCO, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations and other key partners, which took place in Thailand from 2 to 4 December 2013 and addressed gender equality and women empowerment in and through media.

GAMAG is a network of 600 media organizations and civil society groups from around the world. The International Steering Committee (ISC) of GAMAG reflects regional, linguistic and generational diversity, and includes representatives of key stakeholder sectors such as media professionals and their unions, media organizations, governments, civil society organizations, research organizations, international agencies and youth representatives.

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