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Applying UNESCO’s Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media in Costa Rica

News - Fri, 04/12/2015 - 15:23

The four experts, from the fields of communication, political sciences and sociology, have already applied these indicators in their countries; therefore, they dedicated this session to provide technical advice to the research unit of INAMU, who will be in charge of completing this task in Costa Rica in 2016.

UNESCO’s GSIM is a tool that was prepared in collaboration with the International Federation of Journalists. This is not a normative instrument but a flexible set of indicators that can be adapted to media of every kind. The objective of GSIM is to assess gender equality and the empowerment of women in all media, regardless of the technology used.

This tool provides information on internal policies and strategies in media, as well as on capacity building opportunities. Due to its adaptability, media organizations can evaluate their degree of sensitivity regarding gender, propose the necessary policies and strategies to fill in the gender gaps, establish objectives that are measurable, and supervise their progress in the achievement of those objectives.

Important questions were answered in this session in terms of reliability, size of the sample, timeframe for application, and the need to assess cultural content, beyond news shows. The group of experts was composed of María Silvia Calvo, from Global Infancia, Paraguay; and Giorgina Santangelo, María José Fernández and Ana Alejandra Arena, from Universidad del Trabajo in Uruguay.

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Go beyond COP21, UNESCO urges Russian journalists

News - Fri, 04/12/2015 - 14:52

This was the key message that Fackson Banda, a programme specialist in the Secretariat of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), delivered to a group of 15 Russian journalists and representatives of a Franco-Russian think tank Destination Est.

“Climate change journalism is investigative journalism, but with an explicit focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation,” Banda told the journalists who are in France at the invitation of Destination Est to report on the COP21 proceedings which got underway on 30 November and are widely expected to culminate in a form of agreement that will limit greenhouse gas emissions to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Banda highlighted UNESCO’s support to media over the years, including its hosting of the International Conference on Broadcast Media and Climate Change in 2009 as well as its publication of Climate Change in Africa: A Guidebook for Journalists in 2013.

“Another important milestone in UNESCO’s effort to help media report on climate change from a multidisciplinary perspective,” explained Banda, “can be seen in how UNESCO, through the IPDC, has supported hundreds of projects in developing countries where news media need greater capacity to authoritatively and comprehensively report on this multifaceted global phenomenon.”

Cooperation with Destination Est represents one of several strategic partnerships in which UNESCO is attempting to support a broad-based journalistic response to COP21 outcomes. Other forms of cooperation have included UNESCO’s support for the French Agency for Media Cooperation (CFI), which has brought a cohort of African and Asian journalists to report on COP21, following training sessions based on UNESCO’s guidebook above.

Some of these journalists, along with others from Internews, are expected to participate in a media breakfast on 7 December at the UNESCO Headquarters as part of a joint event with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Journalists will be introduced to the key findings of the latest IPCC Assessment Report (AR5), among other things.

La Directrice générale condamne le meurtre du caméraman Christophe Nkezabahizi au Burundi

Actualités - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:13

« Je condamne cette attaque impitoyable », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Ces actes de violence portent atteinte aux droits humains fondamentaux que sont la liberté d'expression et la liberté de la presse, essentielles à la démocratie et à l’Etat de droit. J’appelle les autorités à ne ménager aucun effort pour enquêter sur ce crime violent et traduire ses auteurs en justice ».

Les meurtres ont été perpétrés dans la capitale, Bujumbura, le 13 octobre.

La Directrice générale publie des communiqués sur le meurtre des professionnels des médias conformément à la résolution 29 adoptée par les Etats membres de l’UNESCO au cours de la Conférence générale de 1997 intitulée « Condamnation de la violence contre les journalistes ». Une liste complète des journalistes assassinés ayant fait l’objet d’une condamnation par l’UNESCO est disponible en ligne.

 

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

 

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNESCO and The Nippon Foundation join forces to promote the human rights of persons with disabilities through ICTs

News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 16:20

"I wish to pay tribute to the Nippon Foundation for its pioneering commitment to advancing inclusion and human rights, and I look forward to taking our partnership forward,"said Irina Bokova.

The agreement signed at UNESCO Headquarters stipulates that both parties will work together to promote international cooperation, encourage the exchange of experience and showcase information and communication technologies' (ICT) solutions that contribute to the full empowerment and participation of women and men with disabilities.

One of the activities foreseen in the agreement concerns the possible planning of an Art Festival for disabled artists to be linked with the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo. Others areas to be explored concern training and awareness raising about disability issues and the effective application of inclusive ICTs among stakeholders including teachers, educational specialists, media, IT staff, policy and decision-makers, as well as representatives of civil society.

This partnership was singed before the opening a major conference at UNESCO, held on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, also supported by the Nippon Foundation. This builds on the ground-breaking conference held in New Delhi, India, in November 2014, resulting in the New Delhi Declaration on Inclusive ICTs for Persons with Disabilities, endorsed by Member States during the recent General Conference of UNESCO.

La Directrice générale demande une enquête concernant le meurtre du journaliste Pow James Raeth au Sud-Soudan

Actualités - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 15:52

« Je condamne le meurtre Pow James Raeth », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Les attaques contre les journalistes ne sont pas seulement des crimes contre des individus, mais elles mettent en danger la liberté d'expression, la liberté de la presse, et l'exercice de la démocratie. J’exhorte les autorités à ne ménager aucun effort pour faire toute la lumière sur ce crime ».

Pow James Raeth, qui travaillait Radio Tamazuj, a été abattu le 20 mai dans la ville sud-soudanaise d’Akobo, près de la frontière avec l'Ethiopie.

La Directrice générale publie des communiqués sur le meurtre des professionnels des médias conformément à la résolution 29 adoptée par les Etats membres de l’UNESCO au cours de la Conférence générale de 1997 intitulée « Condamnation de la violence contre les journalistes ». Une liste complète des journalistes assassinés ayant fait l’objet d’une condamnation par l’UNESCO est disponible en ligne.

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

 

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training on UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDI) in Thailand: Call for Applications

News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 15:33

UNESCO’s MDIs embrace five major categories: a) legal and regulatory framework; b) plurality and diversity of media; c) media as a platform for democratic discourse; d) professional capacity building; and e) infrastructural capacity. They are available in different languages, including Thai (see MDI publication)

The objectives of the training are to:

  • enhance the capacities of policy-makers, media professionals and representatives of civil society organizations in international standards and good practices in the field of media development and media policies;
  • present UNESCO’s MDIs to researchers, journalism school teachers and media development partners in order to encourage research in this field based on a comprehensive, internationally recognized framework for assessing the media landscape in Thailand;
  • use the MDIs as a reference for exploring how international standards and good practices can be incorporated into media policy formulation in Thailand.

Interested candidates are invited to send their application form together with a CV by 15 December 2015 to: c.mairesse(at)unesco.org

Further details are included in the concept note and application form below.

This project is organised with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

>> Please click here for more information on the training.

Director-General condemns killing of cameraman Christophe Nkezabahizi in Burundi

News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:32

“I condemn this ruthless attack<s>,</s>” the Director-General said. “Such acts of violence undermine the fundamental human right of freedom of expression as well as press freedom, which is essential to democracy and rule of law. I call on the authorities to spare no effort in investigating this brutal crime and bringing its perpetrators to trial.”

The killings occurred in the capital, Bujumbura, on 13 October

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 calls for investigation into the killing of journalist Pow James Raeth in South Sudan

News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:22

“I condemn the killing of Pow James Raeth,” the Director-General said. “Attacks on journalists are not just crimes against individuals, they weaken freedom of expression, press freedom, and the exercise of democracy. I urge the authorities to spare no effort in shedding light on this crime.”

Pow James Raeth was shot on 20 May in the South Sudanese city of Akobo, near the border with Ethiopia. He had been working for Radio Tamazuj at the time of his death.

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…”

 

First regional meeting held in the Dominican Republic to discuss Internet Governance and Info-Ethics

News - Wed, 02/12/2015 - 15:59

This Conference, held under the theme, “The challenges of the Internet, governance and ethical dimensions of the information society: Towards an integrated agenda of Latin America and the Caribbean”, was organized by UNESCO and the National Authorities of the Dominican Republic in the framework of the Information for All Programme (IFAP) on the occasion of national celebrations commemorating UNESCO’s 70th Anniversary.

It included a presentation at the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE ) of the UNESCO study: "Keys to the promotion of inclusive knowledge societies: access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, respect for privacy and ethics for a global Internet " by the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Getachew Engida, followed by observations from Mr. Marco Herrera, Executive Director of FUNGLODE, and Mr. Domingo Tavarez, Director of the Center for Technology Studies of FUNGLODE. This meeting was attended by the President of FUNGLODE, the former President of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernández and Mrs. Margarita Cedeño de Fernandez, Vice-President of the Dominican Republic.

The event attracted leading figures in the Internet Governance space including, among others, Ms. Amparo Arango, Director of International Relations at the Dominican Institute for Telecommunication (INDOTEL) and national President of the Internet Society (ISOC); Ms. Amalia Toledo, expert consultant-lawyer from Puerto Rico, working for the Karisma Foundation of Colombia; Mr. Preetam Mallor, ITU Representative; as well as Brazil's Ambassador Mr. Benedicto Fonseca Filho, Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Ministry of External Relations.

The opening session of the regional Conference was attended by the President of the Senate of the Dominican Republic, Ms. Cristina Lizardo and by the Dominican Minister of Culture, in his capacity of President of the Dominican National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Jose Antonio Rodriguez.

The Conference provided the conditions for experts, legislators and civil society actors to share national and regional approaches and best practices around current and emerging public policy questions that are playing out in the Internet Governance space. It also allowed to advance regional cooperation and integration efforts, as well as to enable a more effective and expanded role for access to information and knowledge, in supporting national sustainable development strategies and managing potential Internet related challenges.

Mr. Miguel Mejía, Minister for Regional Integration Policies (MRI) of the Dominican Republic, believes that “the Internet not only enables a more effective and expanded role for access to information and knowledge, but it also represents an opportunity to advance in regional cooperation and integration efforts to face the Internet challenges on governance and ethical issues”.

Noting that “within the Latin American and Caribbean region lies a wealth of world-class experience with a strong social orientation and participation of civil society”, Mr Getachew Engida, UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General, stated on this occasion that “upholding the sharing of regional experience in access to information and knowledge across linguistic zones could strengthen regional cooperation and potentially trigger new waves of social innovation that could further support national knowledge societies strategies”.

Ambassador Laura Faxas, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to UNESCO, marked out the importance to bring into this regional context the topics of the Internet governance and the ethical dimensions of the Information Society “in order to move forward the creation of a regional platform for debate and exchanges, oriented to a concerted regulatory framework for Latin America and the Caribbean, which will support the national processes of elaboration of legislative instruments that guarantee the free access to new technologies and defend the rights of citizens”.

Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca Filho shared his experience about the NETmundial event that was held in April 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and presented an evaluation of the outputs of this meeting, which was the first global forum where the Internet governance was discussed in-depth.

The Conference in Santo Domingo was built on the agreements and discussions that have emerged from major regional and international conferences, fora and strategies such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, UNESCO’s Report CONNECTing the Dots, the WSIS Process and ELAC2018.

At the closing session, chaired by Mr. Boyan Radoykov from UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies Division, the text of the Final Declaration of the Conference was successfully negotiated and unanimously adopted by the participants in order to formalize the agreed areas for future regional and international cooperation and action.

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.

Journée internationale des personnes handicapées 2015: Questions d’inclusion

Actualités - Tue, 01/12/2015 - 16:38

« Questions d’inclusion » est le thème choisi cette année. Comme le rappelle la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, Irina Bokova, dans son message à l’occasion de la Journée : «  Une société inclusive est une société qui défend les droits et la dignité de chaque citoyen, qui autonomise chaque femme et chaque homme afin qu’il ou elle participe pleinement à toutes les dimensions de la vie sociale, politique, économique et culturelle. Aujourd’hui, des progrès sont constatés partout dans le monde, mais les personnes handicapées figurent toujours parmi les groupes les plus marginalisés ». 

La conférence (UNESCO, de 10h à 17h30, Salle I) sera ouverte par la Directrice générale aux côtés de Lenin Moreno, Envoyé spécial du Secrétaire général de l’Organisation des Nations Unies sur le handicap et l’accessibilité et Ségolène Neuville, Secrétaire d’Etat chargée des Personnes handicapées et de la Lutte contre l’exclusion, auprès du ministre français des Affaires sociales, de la Santé et des Droits des femmes. Elle comprendra un panel de discussion, une projection de courts-métrages qui mettent en scène le courage et la détermination des personnes handicapées face aux obstacles qu’elles doivent surmonter, et un concert de jazz. 

On estime qu’un milliard de personnes dans le monde vit aujourd’hui avec un handicap et qu’elles sont confrontées à de nombreux obstacles pour participer pleinement à la société. Quatre-vingt pour cent d'entre elles vivent dans un pays en développement. Un enfant non scolarisé sur trois a un handicap et moins de 2% des enfants handicapés vont à l’école dans les pays en développement. 

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Pour couvrir cette conférence, une accréditation est obligatoire.

Contact presse : Laetitia Kaci, l.kaci(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 17 72

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015: Inclusion Matters

News - Tue, 01/12/2015 - 16:34

“Inclusion matters,” is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration. As UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova says in her message for the Day: “An inclusive society is one that defends the rights and dignity of every citizen, that empowers every woman and man to participate fully in every aspect of social, political, economic and cultural life. We have seen progress across the world, but persons with disabilities remain one of the most marginalized groups today.”

The day-long Conference at UNESCO Headquarters (Room I) will be opened by the Director-General, alongside Lenin Moreno, United Nations Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, and Ségolène Neuville French Junior Minister for Disabled People and the Fight Against Exclusion. It will include panel discussions, a screening of short films showcasing the courage and determination of people with disabilities in overcoming the obstacles they face, and a jazz concert.

The estimated 1 billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in key aspects of society. Eighty percent of them live in developing countries. One in three out-of-school children has a disability and fewer than 2% of children with disabilities in developing countries are in school. 

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Accreditation is mandatory for journalists wishing to cover the Conference.

Media contact: Laetitia Kaci, l.kaci(at)unesco.org  +33 (0)145 68 17 72

L’UNESCO commémore la Journée internationale des personnes handicapées

Actualités - Tue, 01/12/2015 - 12:03

Dans le monde, 80 % des personnes handicapées vivent dans des pays en développement. Un tiers des enfants déscolarisés ont un handicap et moins de 2 % d’enfants handicapés sont scolarisés dans les pays en développement. Pourtant, aujourd’hui, les personnes handicapées voient leur horizon s’élargir grâce aux progrès technologiques auxquels nous avons la chance d’assister.

Le rôle majeur que jouent ces avancées technologiques et scientifiques dans l’insertion et l’autonomisation des personnes handicapées a été reconnu en 2015 par le Conseil exécutif de l’UNESCO dans le document final : Déclaration de New Delhi sur les TIC inclusives au service des personnes handicapées : faire de l’autonomisation une réalité, adoptée par la Conférence générale à sa 38e session.

En tant qu’agence de l’ONU, l’UNESCO contribue à la mise en œuvre de la Convention des Nations Unies relative aux droits des personnes handicapées (CNUDPH, 2006) dans le champ de ses compétences, à travers l’objectif global qu’a l’Organisation de sensibiliser la communauté internationale et les gouvernements à l’importance et la complexité du handicap, ainsi qu’aux bienfaits apportés par les avancées technologiques et scientifiques pour l’insertion dans la société des personnes handicapées.

A l’occasion de la commémoration de la Journée internationale des personnes handicapées (3 décembre), le programme de l’UNESCO pour l’année 2015, placé sous le thème « Les questions d’inclusion : accès et autonomisation des personnes handicapées », donnera la parole à Mme Irina Bokova, Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, M. Lenin Moreno, Envoyé spécial des Nations Unies sur le handicap et l’accessibilité, et Mme Ségolène Neuville, Secrétaire d’Etat française chargée des personnes handicapées et de la lutte contre l’exclusion. Les discours de ces intervenants seront suivis de deux panels de discussion de haut niveau avec la participation d’experts internationaux.

Les panels de discussion traiteront de la construction de société du savoir inclusives, accessibles et répondant aux besoins des personnes handicapées pour permettre leur autonomisation. Ce thème sera abordé en examinant les questions dans lesquelles les différents acteurs – gouvernements, organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) et organisations d’aide internationale – ont un rôle à jouer pour atteindre cet objectif commun.

La journée de commémoration, qui se tiendra au Siège de l’UNESCO à Paris, devrait réunir plus de 500 participants autour d’experts pour débattre des futures stratégies de mise en œuvre et des progrès réalisés dans le monde pour construire des environnements inclusifs et adaptés, permettant aux personnes handicapées d’améliorer leur accès à l’éducation, l’information, l’emploi, la santé et d’autres sphères de la vie.

La journée se clôturera par la projection de films thématiques, suivie d’un concert de jazz.

Cet événement fait suite à la première conférence  « De l’exclusion à l’autonomisation : le rôle des TIC pour les personnes handicapées », organisée par l’UNESCO et accueillie par le gouvernement de l’Inde du 24 au 26 novembre 2014 à New Delhi. La conférence de New Delhi mettait en avant la première démonstration d’engagements internationaux proposés par environ 80 pays pour exploiter les possibilités sans précédent qu’offrent les TIC pour autonomiser les personnes handicapées, grâce au partage de bonnes pratiques, de solutions et de connaissances.

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La Directrice générale dénonce le meurtre du rédacteur en chef de magazine Raghavendra Dube en Inde

Actualités - Tue, 01/12/2015 - 11:44

« Je condamne le meurtre de Raghavendra Dube », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Les crimes visant des professionnels des médias constituent une violation de la liberté d’expression, qui est un droit humain fondamental, qui sape la liberté des professionnels et du public en matière de partage de l’information. Je compte sur les autorités pour qu’une enquête soit menée à bien sur ces crimes et qu’elles garantissent le bon déroulement de la justice ».

            Raghavendra Dube, propriétaire et rédacteur de l’hebdomadaire local Khushboo Ujala, a été tué le 17 juillet au matin à Bombay.

La Directrice générale publie des communiqués sur le meurtre des professionnels des médias conformément à la résolution 29 adoptée par les Etats membres de l’UNESCO au cours de la Conférence générale de 1997 intitulée « Condamnation de la violence contre les journalistes ». Une liste complète des journalistes assassinés ayant fait l’objet d’une condamnation par l’UNESCO est disponible en ligne.

 

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

 

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».

 

 

 

 

 

La Directrice générale condamne le meurtre du journaliste indien Mithilesh Pandey à Bihar

Actualités - Tue, 01/12/2015 - 11:42

« Je condamne le meurtre de Mithilesh Pandey », a déclaré la Directrice générale.  « Je compte sur les autorités pour enquêter sur ce crime et traduire les responsables en justice,  garantir le droit des journalistes à faire leur métier et celui du public à être informé ».

            Mithilesh Pandey, journaliste pour le journal numérique Dainik Jagran, a été tué le 24 octobre par des inconnus à son domicile, dans le district de Gaya dans l’Etat de Bihar.

La Directrice générale publie des communiqués sur le meurtre des professionnels des médias conformément à la résolution 29 adoptée par les Etats membres de l’UNESCO au cours de la Conférence générale de 1997 intitulée « Condamnation de la violence contre les journalistes ». Une liste complète des journalistes assassinés ayant fait l’objet d’une condamnation par l’UNESCO est disponible en ligne.

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

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».

 

 

 

 

Academia and students discuss outcomes of UNESCO study on media development in Jordan

News - Mon, 30/11/2015 - 17:37

The UNESCO “Support to Media in Jordan” project team has recently initiated a dialogue with universities in Jordan to engage academia and students in on the outcomes of the assessment which was done using UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDIs).

The MDIs are an internationally recognised research tool endorsed by the Member States of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

The dialogue with Jordanian universities on the MDI study aims to explore the use of the study as a reference resource in media faculties.

Besides the engagement with the Middle East University (MEU), the research team of the study and the project team earlier visited Yarmouk University in the city of Irbid.

During each of the 2-hour sessions, students, professors and the MDI research team exchanged ideas on the way forward in light of the recent developments in the media sector in Jordan.

Students and professors at Yarmouk University were eager to know the researchers’ opinion on the implications on media freedom in times of regional turmoil, while the discussion at MEU focused more on recent regulations concerning news websites.

With its media department established in 1980, Yarmouk University was the first university to offer an undergraduate programme journalism in Jordan, and it remains the only public university teaching journalism (at BA and MA level). MEU’s media department was launched in 2005 and MEU was the first Jordanian university to offer journalism at post-graduate level.

The MDI study for Jordan was published in September 2015 as part of the first phase of the EU-funded “Support to Media in Jordan” project. The full report and more information on the project can be accessed here: www.stmjo.com/en.

Johannesburg launch of UNESCO’s report on World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development-Special Digital Focus 2015

News - Mon, 30/11/2015 - 17:29

Hezekiel Dlamini, Adviser for Communication and Information at the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (Harare) opened the event with an overview of the report. In his presentation, Mr Dlamini highlighted that “The issue of source protection has come to intersect with the issues of mass surveillance, targeted surveillance, data retention, the spill-over effects of antiterrorism/national security legislation, and the role of third party internet intermediaries. Legal and regulatory protections for journalists’ sources are increasingly at risk of erosion, restriction and compromise”.

Prof. Eric Louw, University of Queensland, (Australia) and Prof. Ylva Rodny-Gumede, University of Johannesburg (South Africa) were the two discussants at the launch, and presented their observations on the report.

Prof. Louw noted that “You can’t believe the amount of surveillance that is taking place. A legal response, suggesting national laws that should be in place to protect journalists, whistle blowers, etc and transnational codes of conduct are unlikely to make any difference in this, because of the national and international interest in surveillance.  The solution may be to train journalists to expect that they will be monitored, as well as their sources. So journalists have to do their job in a different way and train their whistle-blowers to also do things differently”.

Prof. Rodny-Gumede observed that this was “a comprehensive report with various statistical data” and commended UNESCO for including data on gender. She highlighted that “In South Africa, for instance the law against hate-speech has come a long way, but still you see hate-speech online because perpetrators believe they will get away with it”.

Participants observed that indeed media laws and codes of practice were not adequate to protect journalists and their sources on the digital space. They suggested that media organizations should engage in dialogue with internet intermediaries to explore ways of enhancing protection online.

The launch was organized in collaboration with Dr. Julie Reid of the Department of Communication Science at the University of South Africa and leader of the Media Policy and Democracy Project of the South African Communications Association (SACOMM).

UNESCO celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

News - Mon, 30/11/2015 - 16:49

Of the global population of persons with disabilities, 80% of them live in developing countries. One third of all out-of-school children have disabilities, and fewer than 2% of children with disabilities in developing countries are in school. However, today, the horizons for persons with disabilities are expanding further thanks to major technological advances that we are lucky to be witnessing.

The power of such technological and scientific progress for inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities have been acknowledged in the UNESCO Outcome DocumentThe New Delhi Declaration on Inclusive ICTs for Persons with Disabilities: Making Empowerment a Reality in 2015 by UNESCO’s Executive Board followed by the adoption of the declaration by the 38th session of the General Conference.

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 society.

On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (3 December) UNESCO’s annual celebration programme for 2015, under the theme “Inclusion matters: Access and Empowerment for People of all Abilities”, will include a series of key note speeches by Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director General; Mr Lenin Moreno, United Nations Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility; and Ms Ségolène Neuville, French Junior Minister for Disabled People and the Fight Against Exclusion. This will be followed by two high-level discussion panels which will have expert international representation.

The discussion panels will be dedicated to a number of issues relevant to the matter of building inclusive, accessible and empowering Knowledge Societies which prioritize the needs of disabled people. This theme will be approached in regards to questions that address the role of multi- stakeholders - governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international aid organizations - in delivering this common vision.

The one-day celebration event to be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris is expected to bring together over 500 participants to learn from experts and discuss future implementation strategies as well as current progress being made across the globe to build inclusive and empowering environments for disabled people with regards to their access to education, information, employment, healthcare and other spheres of life.

The Day’s events will conclude with a screening of a series of thematic films followed by a jazz concert.

This event follows the first conference “From Exclusion to Empowerment: Role of Information and Communication Technologies for Persons with Disabilities”, organized by UNESCO and hosted by the Government of India from 24 to 26 November 2014 in New Delhi. The New Delhi conference highlighted the first international show of commitment from approximately 80 countries for harnessing the unprecedented opportunities that ICTs offer for empowering persons with disabilities, by sharing best practices, solutions and knowledge.

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Sensibiliser les citoyens d’Europe du Sud-Est à l’utilisation des conseils de presse

Actualités - Fri, 27/11/2015 - 17:13
La démocratie exige une sphère publique pluraliste et bien informée. Pour cela, il faut des médias qui luttent pour la vérité et accomplissent un travail journalistique impartial et de qualité. Le niveau de participation et d’investissement des citoyens dans la société dépend de la capacité des médias à susciter leur intérêt pour une grande diversité de sujets. La société civile a également un rôle important à jouer dans la responsabilisation des médias. Mais comment peut-elle assurer ce rôle ? Un des moyens est la capacité à distinguer les organes médiatiques qui n’offrent pas des contenus de qualité ; l’autre est de pouvoir porter plainte auprès d’un mécanisme d’autorégulation des médias, comme un conseil de presse, lorsqu’on considère que les normes professionnelles du journalisme sont bafouées.

Empowering people in South East Europe to make use of their Press Council

News - Fri, 27/11/2015 - 17:11
Democracy requires a well-informed and pluralistic public sphere. This is connected to media striving for truth, unbiased and high‐quality reporting. The level of participation and engagement of citizens in the society is shaped by the ability of the media to awaken and maintain their interest in a variety of issues. Civil society also has a large role to play in holding the media accountable. But how can civil society perform this role? One way is through being able to distinguish low-quality media outlets, and another is by lodging complaints to a media self-regulation mechanism, such a press council, when professional standards of journalism have been potentially breached.

La Directrice générale condamne le meurtre du reporter Hafeez Ur Rehman au Pakistan

Actualités - Fri, 27/11/2015 - 17:05

« Je condamne le meurtre de Hafez Ur Rehman », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Ce meurtre mérite toute l’attention des autorités et je compte sur celles-ci pour ne ménager aucun effort afin que l’enquête permette de traduire les responsables en justice ».

Hafeez Ur Rehman, journaliste pour le réseau indépendant Neo TV, a été tué par des hommes armés non identifiés le 23 novembre à Kobat.

La Directrice générale publie des communiqués sur le meurtre des professionnels des médias conformément à la résolution 29 adoptée par les Etats membres de l’UNESCO au cours de la Conférence générale de 1997 intitulée « Condamnation de la violence contre les journalistes ». Une liste complète des journalistes assassinés ayant fait l’objet d’une condamnation par l’UNESCO est disponible en ligne.

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

 

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».

 

 

 

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