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Call for Papers – Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism

Vie, 05/02/2016 - 16:49

The MILID Yearbook is a peer reviewed academic publication and a joint initiative of the UNESCO-UNAOC University Cooperation Programme on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue.

The cooperation programme was launched in 2011 within the framework of the UNESCO University Twinning Programme (UNITWIN). The MILID University Network now consists of 17 universities from all regions of the world. The MILID Yearbook 2013, 2014 and 2015 have been published in cooperation with the Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research (NORDICOM).

Deadline for proposals: 15 February 2016.

To read more and to submit a proposal please click here.

Reporters Without Borders and UNESCO launch new edition of safety guide for journalists in high-risk environments

Vie, 05/02/2016 - 11:11

The 130-page guide offers essential information and practical advice for journalists to assist them before, during and after an assignment in dangerous areas. This publication comes in a context of developing threats against media professionals, with more than 700 journalists killed in the past decade for reporting the news. In 2015, more than 105 journalists were killed, while many more were threatened, imprisoned or kidnapped for simply doing their work of bringing news and informing to the public.

“The Guide is an important body of knowledge and experience acquired over the years by journalists, news organizations and groups that campaign for freedom of expression,” according to Guy Berger, Director of the Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO.

The Safety Guide for Journalists contains a wide range of essential information to enhance the safety of journalists. It stresses the importance of well-prepared planning before taking assignments in dangerous missions and gives essential tools for journalists. The guide is useful for all those who work in news and information and who report from hostile environments, such as conflict zones, violent demonstrations, riots and terrorist attacks.

The first edition of the Safety Guide for Journalists was produced in 1992. Since then, it has been updated and translated into several languages and widely distributed. The new version, available in Arabic, English French and Spanish and, addresses new threats and challenges to an increasingly dangerous profession. The newly added chapters highlight the issue of digital safety, a growing worry for journalists, and elaborate on safety precautions for those covering natural disasters or epidemics. They also address the problem of sexual violence, aimed particularly at female journalists.

Journalists and news organizations are essential actors for the exercise of freedom of expression, making them targets for those who want to impose tight control on public debate and citizens’ right to information. With the new edition of the Guide, Reporters Without Borders and UNESCO continue their work within the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. Aimed at creating a free and safe environment for journalist and media workers, the UN Plan of Action was adopted the in April 2012 and confirmed by the UN General Assembly in November 2013.

The Safety Guide for Journalists - A handbook for reporters can be accessed online in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

The publication of the new edition of the Safety Guide for Journalists was supported by Sweden.

ICT integration in education in Kenya: Roll-out of the Digital Literacy Programme

Jue, 04/02/2016 - 11:06

The 59 participants to the course represent the 47 counties of Kenya. Mr Wekesa Abraham from Turkana County, one of the participants, said, “It was the best, though challenging. I thought I was a guru in ICT but I have learnt a lot and would wish to never miss any other ICT training.” The participants were taken through the KICT-CFT Course that aims at:

  • developing Kenyan teachers’ skills in knowledge deepening and more specifically in applying principles of ICT in education and other key concepts and processes;
  • designing a unit plan with ICT and develop relevant classroom activities;
  • designing online materials using an authoring environment or tools;
  • managing the use of supplemental ICT resources with individuals and small groups of learners; and
  • using ICT to search for, manage, analyse, integrate and evaluate information for professional learning.  The course is based on the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers.

The course is a vital preparation for teachers to take full advantage of the Digital Literacy Programme, rolled out be the government of Kenya. The programme emphasizes Kenya’s long-term vision of creating a knowledge-based economy. Teacher training is critical component of integrating ICT in education and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is mandated to develop a skilled and innovative man power in Kenya and works towards the integration of ICT at all levels of learning. Teachers also need to embrace change with the new paradigm shift in teaching and learning brought about by the demands of ICT tools. The course is the result of collaboration among UNESCO, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST), Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMESTEA), Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), and Airtel Kenya.

The participants enjoyed the face-to-face training and are looking forward to the three-month online course. Airtel joined the training initiative to provide the participating teachers and online facilitators with data bundles and modems to access and participate actively in the course. Mr Abdiwahab Mohammed from Garissa County stated, “It was captivating, exciting and educative. I wish the same could be enrolled to other teachers in school so that ICT integration becomes a success in our schools.” According to Ms Susan Kanyiri from Kiambu County, “this experience has been very rich and she has learnt a lot and polished her ICT skills. “We have been able to interact with like-minded people from various counties, and we are grateful for the opportunity and hope to excel at all levels,” she added.

The initiative builds on a generous grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (USA) and is a direct follow up to 2012 World Congress on Open Educational Resources which released the Paris Declaration on OERs calling on governments to openly license all educational materials produced with public funds. UNESCO has been working with the Governments of Kenya, Oman, Bahrain and Indonesia to implement dynamic and relevant policies to guide and recognize teachers and learners to find, adapt, use, develop and share open educational resources.

Building excellence in Rwanda’s journalism education

Vie, 29/01/2016 - 15:11

They swapped experiences in lively exchanges at a seminar held in Kigali on 28 January, sponsored by the Fojo Media Institute and Sweden, and attended by UNESCO’s Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Guy Berger.

SJC and Fojo have a four-year programme to upgrade staff, revise the curriculum, improve relations with the Rwandan media, and strengthen the School’s involvement in networks.

One expected outcome is: “Trainers will help students understand media’s social, economic and political role in a democracy and make sure they are able to conduct professional journalism in an evolving media landscape.”

SJO’s acting Dean Joseph Njuguna and senior lecturer Dr Margaret Juuko, as well as Fojo’s Anki Wood, presented the School’s planned changes. The plans are based partly on a response to a unique needs analysis of stakeholders conducted by Transparency International Rwanda, and presented by the organization’s Caesar Handa.

In a keynote speech, Berger conveyed UNESCO’s initiative of global excellence in journalism education, founded on strengths within a journalism school, in its external relations, and its leadership and ability to look ahead.  “You can consider journalism education by comparing it to farming or cooking,” he stated, “but perhaps the metaphor of a celebration is the most appropriate”.

Additional presentations were made by Dr James Oranga of the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism and Communication Studies, and by Carole Kimutai, managing editor of the Kenyan online news portal Tuko.

Director-General denounces killing of journalist Marcos Hernández Bautista in Mexico

Vie, 29/01/2016 - 12:24

“I condemn the murder of Marcos Hernández Bautista,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice. This is vital to ensure a free and secure working environment for the press whose role is essential for freedom of expression.”

Mexican journalist Marcos Hernández Bautista was a correspondent for the Noticias, Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca daily newspaper and a freelance contributor to several radio broadcasters. He was fatally shot in San Andrés Huaxpaltepec, in the state of Oaxaca.

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…”

 

Media Executives and UNESCO Members States Meet to Reinforce Safety of Journalists at Paris Conference

Jue, 28/01/2016 - 12:24

The daylong conference will foster dialogue on security issues with a view to reducing the high number of casualties in the profession. They will share good practices on a wide range of measures including safety protocols in newsrooms, training to improve physical, psychological, and digital security, innovative protective measures for reporting from dangerous areas, and international and local media partnerships.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the President of the International Federation of Journalists, Jim Boumelha, and the Vice-President of the World Editors Forum, Erik Bjerager, will open the international conference News Organizations Standing up for the Safety of Media Professionals. The programme of the conference will also tackle issues concerning the safety needs of freelancers and citizen journalists who are particularly vulnerable due to the lack of corporate support.

Close to 200 media owners, executives and practitioners from public, private and community media, ranging from major international broadcasters to local ones, will attend the conference, which will feature three high level sessions and several roundtable debates. The diversity of media represented, in terms of geography, size and type of threat encountered, is unprecedented and should contribute to the conference’s ability to raise awareness of and improve preparedness for the full range of dangers the media face worldwide.

The first and second high-level sessions (Room X) will focus on the safety of journalists. They will bring together media and Member States to examine the safety challenges faced by journalists worldwide and ways to meet them. Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Express and Media Development will moderate the first session, while debates in the second will be led by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalism Safety Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent.

The third high-level session (Room X), Ending Impunity Together, moderated by BBC presenter Zeinab Badawi, will envisage ways to improve dialogue between the media industry and Member States and raise awareness of the issue of impunity, which leaves more than nine out of ten crimes against media workers unpunished.

One roundtable discussion will examine safety for freelancers and social media producers while another, on good newsroom practices, will allow for the sharing of information about safety programmes and protocols as well as recent innovations such as dedicated applications, online safety resources and encrypted assistance.

The roundtable debate on safety for community and local media will bring together participants from Africa, the Arab States, Asia and Latin America. They will seek to determine ways to foster dialogue between representatives of community radio and Member States to enhance safety. This is particularly important as more than 95 % of the journalists killed in the last decade were local reporters and correspondents.

The Conference will be followed by a meeting of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and other media representatives to propose actions to strengthen the safety of journalists and end impunity worldwide. 

Albana Shala, Chairperson of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), and Larry Kilman, Secretary General, of World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) will address the final session of the conference (4.30pm to 5.45pm), which will be closed by Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General, UNESCO.

The event is organized by UNESCO, with the support of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), in partnership with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) and with additional support from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the International Press Institute (IPI) and the World Association of Community Media (AMARC). It has also received support from Australia, Austria, Latvia, Finland, The Netherlands, Sweden, The Open Society Foundations (OSF) and Al Jazeera Network.

UNESCO has been advocating and implementing measures to improve the safety of journalists and end impunity for crimes against media workers. The Director-General issues press releases to condemn the killing of journalists and media workers. Every other year, moreover, UNESCO publishes a report taking stock of government’s replies to the Organization’s request for information about actions taken to pursue the perpetrators of these crimes. Moreover, UNESCO coordinates activities relating to the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity adopted in 2012. In its meeting in April last year, UNESCO’s Executive Board requested UNESCO to hold an international conference on the safety of journalists as part of its work on freedom of expression and press freedom (see Decision31 at Executive Board 196/Decisions).

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Media contact: Roni Amelan, r.amelan(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 16 50

Press accreditation: Laetitia Kaci, l.kaci@unesco.org , +33 (0)1 45 68 17 72

UNESCO and Government of Quebec to cooperate on preventing radicalization and extremism through the Internet

Mar, 26/01/2016 - 17:26

This meeting was held on the occasion of the visit to Paris by H.E Mrs. Christine Saint-Pierre, Quebec’s Minster of International Relations and La Francophonie. It provided an opportunity for further discussions around the cooperation initiated in 2015 within the framework of UNESCO’s actions aimed at preventing violence, extremism and radicalization of youth in cyberspace.

In June 2015, UNESCO organized, in the framework of IFAP, the first international conference entitled "Youth and the Internet: Fighting Radicalization and Extremism”. This major event allowed participants from some 70 countries to share policy intervention experiences, initiatives and processes for reducing the use of the Internet as a tool for youth extremism and radicalism. It also provided a platform for launching UNESCO’s New Framework for Action “Empowering Youth to Build Peace: Youth 2.0 - Building Skills, Bolstering Peace”. In underscoring the vital role of the Internet, the Director-General, Ms.  Bokova, urged Member States to support follow-up efforts: “we must build the defenses of peace in the minds of young women and men, and this must start also online, by mobilizing the full power of the Internet for peace”.

Condemning the tragedies provoked by violent extremism, Mrs. Saint-Pierre, expressed the interest of the Government of Quebec in responding to the appeal made by UNESCO’s Director-General by hosting a high-level international expert meeting that is to be co-organized with UNESCO and IFAP as a follow-up to the June 2015 Conference. The event would allow the Quebec Government to contribute actively to global discussions on this issue and highlight its expertise in the fight against radicalization. A preparatory expert meeting at UNESCO foreseen for June 2016 will serve to prepare UNESCO’s inputs to the international conference in Quebec.

The intergovernmental Information for All Programme was established in 2001. It provides a platform for international policy discussions, cooperation and the development of guidelines for action in the area of access to information and knowledge. The Programme supports Member States to develop and implement national information policy and strategy frameworks.

Director-General condemns killing of seven media workers in the capital of Afghanistan

Vie, 22/01/2016 - 11:47

“I condemn the killing of Mohammad Jawad Hussaini, Mohammad Hussain Khaksar, Mohammad Hussain Amini, Mehri Azizi, Zainab Mirzaee, Mariam Ibrahimi, and Mohammad Ali Mohammadi,” the Director-General said.

“This heinous attack on innocent women and men working for a media company affects the whole of Afghan society. People need independent and pluralistic media for information they require to take charge of their lives. I call on the authorities to do all they can to bring those behind this heinous attack to justice and improve the safety of journalists and media workers.”

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…”

Training Security Forces on Freedom of Expression and the Safety of Journalists

Jue, 21/01/2016 - 15:37

The project aims to build the capacity of security forces to uphold citizens’ enjoyment of the right of freedom of expression and information by improving journalist safety. Its goal is to establish more professional relations between security forces and journalists conducive to a better environment for freedom of expression for all citizens. The project comprises the training of security forces to help them understand the role and function of journalists in democratic societies and to ensure the safety of journalists, including media workers and social media producers.

Since 2013, more than 260 Tunisian law enforcement officers received this training. Furthermore, 90 journalists have participated in joint training sessions with security forces that helped reduce tensions and incidents between these two groups. Moreover, some 1,125 members of the security forces have participated in awareness-raising sessions with UNESCO trainers.

A training manual, Freedom of Expression and Public Order, was produced and is available in Arabic, English and French. The manual shows that public order need not come at the expense of freedom of expression and journalists’ safety.

In Tunisia, this training has become part of the in-service curriculum of National Guard academies. Law enforcement officers of the National Guard are now receiving a 20-hour course on freedom of expression, safety of journalists and relations with media. As a result of the project, the Ministry of the Interior and the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) established common training on safety of journalists, focal points and protocol of communication between them.

According to NGOs defending freedom of expression, the project helped reduce tensions between security forces and journalists and improved understanding between them, notably in the ten regions of Tunisia where training was provided. However, there is a need to maintain the efforts in security forces training on these issues.

These results contribute to improving freedom of expression, press freedom and the rule of law. A free, independent and pluralistic media, working in safe conditions, is an essential element to ensure the free flow of information through and between communities.

The project, which aims to support the reform of security institutions and democratic transition in Tunisia, received the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands with a contribution of the Kingdom of Sweden, the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Finland.

Since 2013, UNESCO and its partners have initiated trainings for security forces in Somalia, Côte d’Ivoire, South Sudan, Iraq and Tanzania, and more.

Film about the project:

Common Frameworks on ICT in Education Teacher Training and Digitally Competent Teachers

Mié, 20/01/2016 - 11:27

This meeting provided a forum for the sharing of common frameworks for ICT in Education teacher training. Discussions focused on areas of digital competence - knowledge, skills and attitudes for the confident and critical use of ICT for employment, learning, self-development and participation in society - addressed in national teacher education programmes.

The outputs of the discussions will be used as contributions to the revision of the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT CFT) to be undertaken in the 2016-2017 period. In addition, the discussions will also contribute to the development of the EU Reference Framework for ‘digitally competent teachers’  being developed by  the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). National best practices in using the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT CFT) were also discussed in the meeting.

This meeting was organized thanks to the support of the European Commission in the framework of the Project ‘Uptake of Open Educational Resources (OER) supporting the ICT CFT’.

The UNESCO ICT CFT outlines a set of competencies that teachers need to integrate ICTs into their practice and professional development to advance student learning. Key for UNESCO in this domain is to support the use of OER-based teacher training materials for contextualizing the ICT CFT. OER are educational resources that incorporate a license facilitating reuse and adaptation without first requesting permission from the copyright holder.

The meeting brought together representatives of the Ministries of Education of Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Lithuania, Norway, Slovenia and Spain, as well as experts from the European Commission in Brussels, the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technologies Studies in Seville, and the European SchoolNet.

The meeting was organized by the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO as part of its Programme and Budget for 2014-2015 to empower Member States through universal access to information and knowledge. It responded to the expectations under the overarching objective of building inclusive knowledge societies.

Director-General deplores death of journalist Almigdad Mojalli in Yemen

Mar, 19/01/2016 - 17:36

“I condemn the death of Almigdad Mojalli,” the Director-General said. “I call on all parties to make sure that journalists are able to carry out their work in the safest possible conditions, in keeping with the Genevan Conventions and UN Security Council Resolution 2222, which was adopted last year to improve the safety of journalists in conflict situations.”

Shrapnel from an airstrike caused the death of Almigdad Mojalli, who freelanced for the Voice of America, the international humanitarian news agency IRIN and other media outlets, while he was on assignment in Jaref, in the south of Sana’a.

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 condemns murder of Iraqi journalists Saif Talal and Hassan al-Anbaki

Vie, 15/01/2016 - 16:30

“I condemn the murder of Saif Talal and Hassan al-Anbaki,” the Director-General said. “Using violence to silence journalists undermines the free flow of information and the basic human right of freedom of expression, as well as media workers’ ability to carry out their professional duties. I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice.”

Saif Talal and Hassan al-Anbaki were on assignment for independent television broadcaster Al-Sharqiya, when unidentified gunmen shot them.

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.

Media contact: Sylvie Coudray,  +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…”

Marc James from Jamaica wins the Global design contest World Press Freedom Day 2016

Vie, 08/01/2016 - 16:45

“The design submitted by Marc James, an art director from Jamaica, was chosen for its clarity and universal appeal. He drew inspiration from the free flow of ideas,” says Sylvie Coudray, Chief of Section for Freedom of Expression at UNESCO.

Marc James explains that his work symbolizes the freedom to release thoughts and ideas into the air. Openness and transparency evolved visually into chat bubbles or balloons, which proved to be even more fitting, as the practice of releasing balloons is used at memorials where journalists who have lost their lives exercising their profession are remembered.

“I believe freedom of information is a fundamental freedom and stands as one of the most important and relevant human rights. The right to seek, receive and impart information is critical for growth and development, as information affords the public with the power to act and make meaningful, knowledge-based decisions,” says Marc James. His work will be used in all communication materials for the WPFD 2016 celebrations. The main global event will be organized from 2 to 4 May in Helsinki, Finland, while various local and regional events will be organized all over the world to celebrate the Day.

Among the submissions, over twenty proposals were of such high quality that they have received an honorable mention to publicly recognize their exceptional design and hard work. UNESCO features a selected collection in the online gallery of the WPFD 2016 dedicated website.

UNESCO WPFD 2016 team wishes to thank all those who participated.

Director-General condemns the murder of Syrian journalist Ruqia Hassan

Vie, 08/01/2016 - 14:49

“I condemn the murder of Ruqia Hassan,” the Director-General said. “I wish to pay tribute to this journalist’s courageous stand for human rights and fundamental freedoms in the most difficult of circumstances and her defiance of the brutal campaign that violent extremists are waging to suppress individuals’ freedom to think, speak and act.”

Journalist and media activist Ruqia Hassan had written about daily life in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which she refused leave when it was occupied by Daesh. She was kidnapped last July and killed in September, but her murder was only confirmed this week.

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…”

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development 2017: Call for proposals

Vie, 08/01/2016 - 11:47

A written proposal should comprise, in separate attached documents:

1) A Technical Proposal consisting of the following:

  • A description of your organization, including its managerial/administrative capacity and previous engagement in research projects on freedom of expression and media development, as well as information about any additional partners envisaged in a consortium to be led by your organization;
  • The added value of your organization in this research and prospects for sustainability, including through contributions to the project;
  • A detailed approach, strategy and methodology guaranteeing a successful undertaking of the assignment;
  • A detailed work plan for the assignment, including specific indicators and timelines;
  • A description of the proposed team, including updated CVs;
  • Comments on the Terms of Reference, if any.

2) A Financial Proposal for the assignment, broken down by activity as described in Attachment C. The budget should be quoted in US Dollars.

The proposal and any supporting documents must be in English.

UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in terms of the criteria in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organization best value for money.

Offers comprising a technical proposal and financial proposal, submitted in two separate files, should be sent through two separate emails to the following address no later than 9 a.m. on Monday, 15 February 2016:

To ease the email tracing and facilitate quick processing, the following subject line should be used Proposal for World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development 2017.

Submissions will be acknowledged by email upon receipt but ONLY selected organizations will receive further notification and correspondences.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the proposal is received by the deadline.

For any requests for clarification, please contact Ms Rachel Pollack Ichou (r.pollack(at)unesco.org).

More information on the preparation of a proposal for this assignment (Terms of Reference and Background information) is available in this document. The financial template can be downloaded here.

UNESCO and European Union launch a new project to build trust in media in South East Europe and Turkey

Mié, 06/01/2016 - 17:08

“This project is a direct follow-up of the previous successful project, Media Accountability in South East Europe and Turkey, and aims at further supporting professional and ethical journalism and boosting civil society’s demand for quality media”, said UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General, Getachew Engida. “UNESCO looks forward implementing this new project, which is part of our Organization’s broader strategy to support and promote freedom of expression in South East Europe and Turkey,” he added.

The new project aims to build trust and restore confidence in the media in South East Europe and Turkey. At a time when worsening economic conditions form a temptation for media outlets to deviate from professional practices, media self-regulation mechanisms need to be further strengthened and established in countries where they do not yet exist. This is a necessary condition to prevent the risk of professional ethics being compromised for the sake of obtaining public or commercial funding. It is also a necessary condition to increase the quality of information transmitted to society.

In line with the guidelines for EU support to media freedom and media integrity in the enlargement countries, the project will also seek to improve the internal governance of media organizations based on the commitment of media owners and editors to respect clearly defined professional and labour standards. Moreover, the project involves empowering people through media information literacy competencies, ensuring that all members of the public can make informed choices in their everyday lives and can learn to participate in and contribute to governance processes.

The project will be carried out in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia Turkey, and Kosovo (UNSCR 1244). Partnerships with various organizations are foreseen with the press councils in South East Europe, the European Federation of Journalists, the Ethical Journalism Network or the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media, among others.

Both UNESCO and EU have declared freedom of expression to be a strategic priority in a Memorandum of Understanding signed in October 2012 to enhance cooperation between them.

Director-General condemns the killing of Syrian journalists Naji Jerf, Zakaria Ibrahim and Batoul Mokhles al-Warrar

Mié, 06/01/2016 - 12:00

“I condemn the killing of Naji Jerf, Zakaria Ibrahim and Batoul Mokhles al-Warrar,” the Director-General said. “I trust that the investigation of the murder of Naji Jerf will bear fruit and that those responsible for this crime will face trial.

“In keeping with the Geneva Conventions, journalists must be treated as civilians in times of conflict and those targeting journalists like Zakaria Ibrahim and Batoul Mokhles al-Warrar will have to face justice in Syria,” Ms Bokova added.

Jerf was the founder and editor-in-chief of Hentah an online news site that denounced human rights abuses in Syria. He also made several documentary films on the Syrian conflict. He was based in Turkey since late 2012.

Zakaria Ibrahim died on 1 December, 2015 in the town of Taldou, in the Syrian province of Homs, where he was filming armed fighting for Al-Jazeera television.

Batoul Mokhles al-Warrar, a reporter for Noor al-Sham TV channel and Radio Damascus, was killed in mortar fire in Damascus on 3 November.

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…”

 

 

 

Teaming up with ALECSO and ISESCO to promote accessibility for persons with disabilities in MENA

Mar, 22/12/2015 - 15:05

The opening of the conference was attended by H.E. Bassima Hakkaoui, Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social development of the Kingdom of Morocco. The ceremony was introduced by the ICT Director of ALECSO Prof. Mohamed Jemni, at the presence of Axel Leblois, President of the UN Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, and of  Michael Millward, Director of the UNESCO Office in Rabat and Representative to ALECSO and ISESCO, as well as of more than eighty public officials from relevant ministries, academics, experts, and CSO representatives from the MENA region.

During an inaugural keynote, Dr Indrajit Banerjee, Director of the Knowledge Societies Division of the UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector, recalled the phases which led to the formulation, and the the adoption by the UNESCO’s General Conference, of The New Delhi Declaration on Inclusive ICTs for Persons with Disabilities: Making Empowerment a Reality, which is acknowledging the power of technological and scientific progress for inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities.

A thematic session was then devoted to the implementation of the New Delhi Declaration in the MENA region, moderated by Mr Banerjee and with the participation of Mohamed Al-Tarawneh, Inaugural Chairperson and Current Vice Chair of the UN-CRPD Committee – OHCHR; Prof. Jemni from ALECSO; and Prof. Alireza Darvishy, Head of the ICT Accessibility Lab Zurich University for Applied Sciences. 

As a UN agency, UNESCO contributes to the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD, 2006) within the fields of its competence via the organization’s overarching goal to raise awareness among the international community and governments both on the significance and complexity of disability, as well as the benefits of technological and scientific progress for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the society.

UNESCO’s participation to the ICTA-2015 follows the recent international conference on “Inclusion matters: Access and Empowerment for People of all Abilities” held at UNESCO Headquarter in Paris on the occasion of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (3 December), and it is part of the organization’s effort to disseminate the New Delhi Declaration’s principles at regional and local level. 

Director-General condemns murder of Syrian journalist Ahmad Mohamed al-Mousa

Lun, 21/12/2015 - 11:14

“I condemn the murder of Ahmad Mohamed al-Mousa,” said the Director-General. “It is an unacceptable tragedy for society as a whole when those who contribute to public debate and to the free flow of information are made to pay with their lives for doing their important work.”

Unidentified masked men killed Al-Mousa on 16 December. He was a reporter for the citizen journalist collective Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), which focuses on human rights violations in the region.

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…”

 

United Nations General Assembly WSIS+10 High-Level Meeting adopts a milestone outcome document

Vie, 18/12/2015 - 17:03

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Mr Getachew Engida, Deputy-Director-General of UNESCO, underscored that UNESCO is the main “soft-power actor” in the World Summit follow-up, facilitating implementation of 6 out of the 18 action lines.  While infrastructure, devices and connectivity were important, they were “worth little” if girls, women, boys and men did not know how to use them, did not have the knowledge to develop content or have the right to freed expression, privacy or access.  Only with such “soft” dimensions could ICT deliver its promise.  He called for the international community to move away from information societies and instead aim towards inclusive “knowledge societies” in order to make information actionable and relevant, particularly in terms of sustainable development.  “In this age where the limits of our exploitation of the planet are so evident, we must invest in our ultimate renewable resource, which is human freedom, ingenuity, creativity and knowledge,” he stated.

UNESCO’s voice was well heard in the overall WSIS+10 Review process, which started with the first WSIS+10 Review Event in UNESCO in 2013 and closed with the adoption of the Outcome Document by consensus at the United Nations General Assembly this week.

The outcome document recognizes that “the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online”, “call[s] on States to take all appropriate measures necessary to ensure the right to freedom of opinion”, affirms the “commitment to bridging digital and knowledge divides”, and the ambition “to move beyond “information societies” to “knowledge societies”, in which information is not only created and disseminated, but put to the benefit of human development.” Many other UNESCO facilitated themes, including the protection of journalists, ICT and education, cultural diversity, science, access to information and knowledge, people with disabilities, multilingualism, indigenous peoples, media and information literacy, capacity building, local content and ethics are also addressed.

On 15 December, UNESCO organized a side event titled “Building on WSIS +10: Putting Knowledge Societies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda”. Attended by 170 participants and moderated by the Mr Engida Getachew, this side event explored new joint actions to implement the WSIS+10 outcomes. Among the panelists were Ms. Ellen Blackler (The Walt Disney Company, for ICC), Ms. Constance Bommelaer (ISOC), Ms. Arun Chinmayi (National Law University, India), H.E. Mr. Benedicto Fonseca (Brazil), Ms. Githaiga Grace (Kenya ICT Action Network), Mr. Veni Markovski (ICANN), Mr. Paul Mitchel (Microsoft) and H.E. Mr. Daniel A. Sepulveda (USA).

Mr Engida also co-vice chaired the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) meeting, where the adoption of the UN Chief Executive Board statement on WSIS+10, prepared by UNGIS, was highlighted as an exemplary way to coordinate UN positions. It was also decided that UNESCO will be the 2016-17 UNGIS chair.

In the ITU organized meeting on “Strengthening the impact of WSIS action lines for sustainable development: showcasing best practices, transferring know-how, fostering partnerships”, Mr Getachew Engida, together with Mr. Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU, welcomed the panel and audience.

As a first step towards the implementation of the WSIS+10 outcome documents, UNESCO is now preparing with the ITU, UNCTAD and UNDP the 2016 WSIS Forum, which will be held in Geneva from 2-6 May 2016.

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