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Le PIDC ouvre un nouveau cycle de soumission de projets

Actualités - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 16:43

Le PIDC encourage les propositions dans les domaines suivants :

  • Soutien au pluralisme des médias (en particulier les médias communautaires) et à leur indépendance (amélioration de l’autorégulation et des normes professionnelles).
  • Promotion de la sécurité des journalistes.
  • Lutte contre les discours de haine dans les médias et les médias sociaux, promotion de la pratique journalistique sur les conflits et/ou promotion du dialogue interculturel/interreligieux entre les journalistes.
  • Soutien aux réformes juridiques favorisant l’indépendance des médias.
  • Projets d’évaluation des médias et de recherche basés sur les indicateurs de développement des médias, les indicateurs d’égalité des genres dans les médias, les indicateurs de la sécurité des journalistes ou les indicateurs sur la viabilité des médias de l’UNESCO.
  • Renforcement des capacités des journalistes et des dirigeants des médias, notamment amélioration de la formation au journalisme (à l’aide du Modèle de cursus pour la formation au journalisme de l’UNESCO).

Les propositions de projet peuvent prétendre à une aide comprise entre 10 000 et 35 000 USD.

Les organisations des médias intéressées sont invitées à contacter le Bureau de l’UNESCO correspondant à leur pays pour plus d’information. Pour consulter la liste des Bureaux de l’UNESCO, veuillez cliquer ici.

Le PIDC soutient chaque année un large éventail d’initiatives de développement des médias dans les pays en développement dans le monde entier. Au cours des années, le PIDC a attribué 105 millions USD à près de 1 800 projets de développement des médias dans 140 pays.

UNESCO urges Internet stakeholders to embrace the 2030 sustainable development agenda

News - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 16:22

Eurodig is the European Internet Governance Forum, and its 2016 conference was titled “Embracing the digital (r)evolution”.

Speaking at the opening session, the ADG noted: “The SDGs are relevant to all continents; for example, there are problems everywhere of poverty, gender inequality and climate change”.  

He drew the conference delegates’ attention to SDG 16.10, which calls for “public access to information and fundamental freedoms”. This target is essential to achieving all other goals of sustainable development, said the ADG.

The Internet is key to “public access to information”, he affirmed, stressing that this also depends on online respect for Human Rights, Openness, Accessibility and Multi-stakeholder participation – UNESCO’s ROAM principles for the Internet.

Mr La Rue explained further that a ROAM-based Internet could align the aims of the 2030 Development Agenda with that of the World Summit on the Information Society.

In a session about UNESCO’s work, the ADG described UNESCO’s plans to build on the 2016 Connecting-the-dots conference including a study on good practices for multi-stakeholder decision-making in areas that impact on the Internet.

He also alerted delegates about the forthcoming conference jointly hosted with the Government of Quebec, Canada, which would tackle the issues of online incitement to violence.

Mr La Rue also took part in a “High Level Group on Internet Governance” discussion as well as a session “Internet intermediaries and human rights – between coopted law enforcement and human rights protection”.

He underlined the UN guiding principles on business and human rights, arguing that while Internet companies had an ethical role to play, this should not substitute for the responsibility of states to protect human rights in terms of international law.  

A code of conduct by Internet companies was welcome, but it should not be a substitute for state responsibility, and nor should it be made outside of transparent multi-stakeholder processes, said the UNESCO ADG.

UNESCO addresses the OIF conference on the Fight against Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Radicalization

News - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 16:51

The Conference confirmed the necessity for an active involvement at all levels in the fight against terrorism and radicalization as planned for in the Bamako Declaration on Democracy, Rights and Freedoms, and in the Saint Boniface Declaration (2006) on Conflict Prevention and Human Security.

The Conference also allowed the sharing of successful practices and extensive analyses aiming at improving the understanding of the phenomena of terrorism and violent radicalization and their underlying causes, and also at identifying approaches and orientations in order to develop appropriate strategic directions and actions as required by Member States.

UNESCO’s representative, Dr Boyan Radoykov, from the Knowledge Societies Division, congratulated the organizers for the holding of this important initiative, presented the various cross-sectoral activities of the Organization in this domain and emphasized the expectations for concrete operational activities and targeted preventive actions of a larger magnitude, that are structural and multidimensional. Dr Radoykov also stated in his intervention: “We must acknowledge that the fight against violent extremism cannot be won only by force of the weapons, the repression or the online censorship. The real battle we will have to win, if we want the rule of reason to prevail over the rule of force, is that of the minds of the youth, is that of their hearts, is that for the ideals and the universal values ​​of our civilization”.

In his discussion with Ms Michaëlle Jean, Secrétaire générale de la Francophonie and Mr Adama Ouane, Administrateur de l’OIF, the opportunities for future collaboration were evoked and namely the contribution of the OIF to the forthcoming conference organized by UNESCO in the framework of its Information for All Programme (IFAP), in Quebec, later this year on Internet and the Radicalization of Youth.

Several participants acknowledged in their interventions the importance of the work undertaken by UNESCO since 2014 in fighting youth radicalization in cyberspace and in preventing violent extremism by sensitizing and mobilizing the UN family, academia, decision-makers, civil society and the private sector about the related huge challenges and the respective responsibilities.

IPDC opens new project submission cycle

News - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 15:52

IPDC encourages proposals in the following focus areas:

  • Supporting media pluralism (particularly community media) and independence (improving self-regulation and professional standards)
  • Promoting the safety of journalists
  • Countering hate speech in media and social media, promoting conflict-sensitive journalism practice and/or promoting cross-cultural/cross-religious dialogue among journalists
  • Supporting law reform that fosters media independence
  • Conducting media assessments and research based on UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDIs), Gender Sensitive Indicators for the Media (GSIM), Journalists’ Safety Indicators (JSI) or Media Viability Indicators (VMI).
  • Capacity building for journalists and media managers, including improving journalism education (using UNESCO´s Model Curricula for Journalism Education).

Project proposals should request support for a minimum of US$ 10,000 and a maximum of US$ 35,000.

Interested media or media-related organizations are invited to contact the UNESCO office covering their country for more information. For the list of UNESCO offices, please click here.

Every year, the IPDC Programme supports an extensive range of media development initiatives in developing countries around the world. Over the years, IPDC has channeled US$ 105 million to close to 1,800 media development project in 140 countries.

Director-General condemns killing of broadcast journalist Sagal Salad Osman in Somalia

News - Wed, 08/06/2016 - 14:13

“I condemn the murder of Sagal Salad Osman,” the Director-General said. “Violence is never acceptable. It is particularly tragic when used to silence a young woman blazing a trail for all others by exercising an essential profession in a difficult environment.”

Sagal Osman, a broadcaster for state-run Somali National Television and Radio Mogadishu, was shot on 5 June in the west of the capital Mogadishu.

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, UNES


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 killing of photojournalist David Gilkey and his interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna in Afghanistan

News - Wed, 08/06/2016 - 13:58

“I condemn the attack that claimed the lives of David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna,” the Director-General said. “The right of media workers to exercise their professional duties in safe conditions must be recognized in the interest of society as a whole.”

Award-winning photojournalist David Gilkey and interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna were killed on 5 June near the town of Marjah in southwestern Afghanistan. Both were on assignment for National Public Radio (NPR), the U.S. public broadcasting network.

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, 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…”



UNESCO contributes to debate on hate speech online

News - Wed, 08/06/2016 - 09:42

Organised by the US-based Media Law Resource Center, and French publisher Legipresse, the conference on June 6 also discussed free expression and privacy, national security and civil liberties, and protection of journalists’ sources.

On the hate speech panel were UNESCO director for freedom of expression and media development, Guy Berger, and free speech lawyer Robert Corn-Revere of US law firm Davis Wright Tremaine.

In his remarks, Berger advocated for hate speech to be assessed in terms of the Human Rights standards of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Rabat Plan of Action on the prohibition of advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.

He further urged consideration of the impact, of any hate speech restrictions, on the Openness and Accessibility of the Internet, principles that are part of the UNESCO concept of Internet Universality.

Referring to UNESCO’s study Countering online hate speech, Berger called for Multistakeholder participation in countering hatred online, adding that this meant “tapping insights beyond state actors, to include companies, civil society, parliamentarians and others”.

He commended the new code of conduct by Microsoft, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook for acknowledging the complexity and need for training in identifying what constitutes instances of hate speech which merits removal from their platforms.

Robert Corn-Revere outlined the USA’s approach, saying it put a presumption on protecting speech, and the burden on government to prove intent and likelihood of harm when restricting hateful expressions.

He also highlighted how Internet intermediary companies were protected in the USA, compared to their greater liability in Europe, and expressed concern over the breadth of international rationales for legitimate limits of speech.

Even when circumscribable hate speech was very narrowly defined, other forms of hate would still be expressed, said Corn-Revere. For him, this highlighted the need to rely on counter-speech to deal with the problems, rather than counting primarily on legal restriction.

Bad ideas could serve the market place of ideas precisely through their contrast with other ideas, he argued.

Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum: towards a rights-based, transparent, open, secure and inclusive information environment

News - Tue, 07/06/2016 - 15:01

The world is at a crossroads. Faced with growing levels of migration, increasing inequalities and gap between rich and poor; violence and intolerance and more sustainable development goals than years to achieve them – calls for new ways of thinking about information and communication.

Tackling these challenges require effective communication and access to information among peoples, communities and countries to sustain dialogue. 

Media and information literacy can help to make all citizens understand how media and information enables dialogue as well as issues such as human rights online and offline, ethical use of information, privacy, radicalization, propaganda, manipulation of identity regardless of their levels of education or socio-economic background.

The objectives of the forum are:

  • To deliberate the current situation of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in Europe and to foster the creation of a framework for joint action;
  • To explore co-operation among the European initiatives and with other initiatives around the world, including a common research agenda on MIL in Europe.

Participants will include NGOs, researchers, information and media professionals, educators, private sector, development organizations, governments and policy makers.

Media and information literacy is for all citizens. Yet the perspectives of youth on media and information literacy and their interaction with adults remain a potent strategy to bring about change. Therefore, the EU-MILINFO II makes deliberate effort to give ear to and highlight the voices of youth on some of the critical issues to be addressed in the conference.

Registration is open until 13 June. Read more in the concept note for EU-MILINFO II.

The Forum will be one of the key regional PrepCom meetings leading up to the GAPMIL Global MIL Week feature event, the Sixth Media and Information Literacy & Intercultural Dialogue Conference and the First GAPMIL General Assembly, 2-5 November 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil. Read more on Global MIL Week here.

Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2016: accelerate the process of media and information literacy for all citizens

News - Tue, 07/06/2016 - 14:45

Media has gone global with most households having access to radio, television or newspapers. The Internet has gone or is going global propelling media, libraries and all forms of information providers with it.

The opportunities, risks and challenges of new access to information, the Internet and media have also gone global.

The same goes for development opportunities and challenges arising from living in a global village, which concern us all. Yet citizens’ critical competencies to engage with information and media for sustainable development have not gone global.

UNESCO, together with GAPMIL, UNAOC, and the International Media and Information Literacy University Network, intend to accelerate the process of imparting media and information literacy competencies to all citizens by expanding the impact of the Global MIL Week. The purpose of Global MIL Week is to promote MIL connections across educational institutions, organizations, policies, professions, initiatives and nations.

After five earlier successful editions, this year’s Global MIL Week will take place in a much larger scale, in the forms of an international feature event, as well as local and regional events organized around the globe.

On this occasion, UNESCO and its partners call on worldwide stakeholders to organize national, regional or online events to celebrate the Global MIL Week 2016. To connect with initiatives across the globe while showcasing your local action, register your Global MIL Week event here.

The Global MIL Week 2016 feature event will, for the first time in Brazil, connect international organizations, universities, associations, research groups and educators, media professionals, information specialists and librarians, policy makers and regulators, NGOs and practitioners in MIL. It will explore the great potential of MIL to support intercultural dialogue and social inclusion as well as addressing the social and political challenges related to poverty, conflict and violent extremism, and combating climate change and its impact.

The feature event online registration form is open.

Academic papers and other forms of presentations on media and information literacy are solicited for the feature event. Authors can submit their projects here.

UNESCO invites all stakeholders to register media and information literacy initiatives and voluntary commitments.

The Global MIL Week activities and conference are important opportunities for stakeholders globally, including members of GAPMIL and the International University MILID Network to meet and share the latest research, projects, new ideas and information with a diverse gathering of individuals and organizations involved in media and information literacy - be it in print, screen-based or digital media.

For more information, please visit the Global MIL Week 2016 website at: https://en.unesco.org/global-mil-week-2016.

The 9th IFAP Council meeting successfully concluded its work

News - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 12:10

In his opening remarks, the Assistant Director-General for CI, Mr. Frank La Rue commended the outgoing Bureau for the end of a successful term marked by positive examples of IFAP’s work over the last two years, in building knowledge societies at the global, regional and local levels. Mr. La Rue drew attention to a number of important international conferences and projects implemented in Africa, Asia, Europe as well Latin America and the Caribbean. Recognizing that the priorities addressed by IFAP are some of the most urgent issues in building knowledge societies, he urged Member States “to strengthen the sustainability of national IFAP bodies in order to effectively leverage IFAP’s potential for contributing to the 2030 SDGs”

The Council is responsible for guiding the planning and the implementation of IFAP and used the 2-day session to review its achievements and discuss the strategic orientations for the Programme during the 2016-2019 period. Particular attention was given to further improving IFAP's working modalities, financial situation and visibility, as well positioning IFAP’s actions within the context of the SDG and the WSIS + 10 process. As a technical advisory body to the Director-General, the Council also dedicated a portion of its second-day session to discussing policy responses to challenges linked to the Internet, Youth and Radicalization.

During the first-day session, the Council elected eight of its Members to the Bureau for a term of two years. Following a successful 2-year mandate, filled with numerous remarkable realizations, the Council re-elected Ms. Chafica Haddad, Deputy Permanent Delegate of Grenada to UNESCO as its Chair and as Chair of the IFAP Bureau.

Also elected to the Bureau were China, Ghana and the Russian Federation as Vice-Chairs, with Peru, Sudan and Switzerland as Members and Slovakia as the Rapporteur.

The Bureau is the operational body of the Council and is expected to play a key role in implementing the recommendations adopted by the Council, leading the Working Groups constituted to address IFAP's strategic priority areas, provide support to the National IFAP Committees in their respective regions, and promote visibility and resource mobilization for the Programme.

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 in the areas of information accessibility, information for development, information ethics, information literacy, information preservation and multilingualism.

Towards a professional media in Libya

News - Thu, 02/06/2016 - 11:14

Opening the meeting, the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs, Ignacio Ybañez noted his country’s consistent support for the process of media reform in Libya, emphasizing that "Spain commends the sense of responsibility showed by the Libyan participants since the launching of this initiative in Madrid in July 2015 and their efforts to create an environment of reconciliation and free speech in Libya".

Expressing similar views as to the crucial role of the media, the representative from the Austrian Embassy in Madrid, Karin Kosina, stated that “Austria is happy to have hosted the kick-start of the Libyan media working group at the International Press Institute in Vienna and closely observes the follow-up and impact on the ground.” Her remarks were followed by those of Libya’s Ambassador to Spain, who stressed “the important role of the media to foster and promote state-building, noting the challenges the country faces from tribal, regional and ideological conflict.”

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Mr Mahmoud El Busifi stated that “we express our gratitude to UNESCO and its international partners for supporting reform in the Libyan media sector”, adding that, “The frameworks elaborated over the past year represent the foundation for ethical and professional media in Libya.” Emphasizing the importance of Libyan ownership in his statement, Ghaith Fariz, UNESCO Regional Director pointed out that “Now the Libyan stakeholders are going to determine how best to achieve the necessary changes, and as well where and how this process should start.”

This activity is implemented UNESCO in partnership with Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; the Organization’s own contribution made possible through the generous support of the Government of Finland. It is part of UNESCO’s effort to reinforce the capacity of Libyan media to contribute to reconciliation and promote conflict-sensitive reporting.

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Director-General condemns killing of journalist Abullah Azizan in Yemen

News - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 15:46

“I condemn the killing of Abullah Azizan,” the Director-General said. “It is essential that all parties in Yemen heed their legal obligation to protect media workers, in keeping with the Geneva Conventions and last year’s UN Security Council Resolution 2222.”

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, 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…”


UNESCO Memory of the World Committee for Asia-Pacific adds 14 items to regional register

News - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:31
China’s Archives of Suzhou Silk Samples and the Royal Literature of Hue Royal Architecture from Viet Nam are among 14 items of documentary heritage added to the Memory of the World Regional Asia-Pacific Register.

Access to information is vital to build stronger society and policies in Afghanistan says Irina Bokova

News - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 03:24

Irina Bokova had an in-depth discussion with Shafika Habibi, founder and Director of the Afghan Women Journalists Association, Najiba Ayubi, Deputy Director of the Afghanistan National Journalists Organisation, Danish Karokhel, member of the Oversight Commission for the implementation of the Access to Information Law and Najib Sharifi, Director of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee.

Mr Karokhel shared his perspective on the implementation of the Access to Information Law approved in December 2014. “Eleven months back we created the 13-member commission that according to the law should oversee its implementation. However, no governmental budget has been assigned to it so far,” he said.

He said that the Commission has elaborated a bylaw to strengthen its independence and highlighted the importance of right to information in the fight against corruption and the promotion of sustainable, participatory development . “A culture of information sharing is vital to strengthen accountability, to improve public policies and build stronger, more transparent societies,” he said.

Mr Karokhel referred to the launch of a future joint project with UNESCO in Afghanistan to raise public awareness and to encourage media and civil society to play an active role in pursuing the full implementation of the law. «People should know that they have this right to access information» said the Director-General. «If they do not know their own rights, if they are not educated or encouraged, what is written in the law will never be fully implemented ,» she said, reaffirming UNESCO’s  special role to play in this regard.

With regard to the situation of female journalists,  Ms Ayubi said that out of estimated 10,000 reporters in the country only 2,000 women are able to work. “While women represent 50% of the Afghan population, only 30 media organisations are managed by women, against around 1800 registered.”

Both Ms Ayubi and Ms Habibi underlined the urgent need for capacity building for female journalists, including a leadership and management focus. “The creation of role models is important, to encourage young journalists, to tell them they should not be afraid and to give them confidence, » said the Director-General.

Ms Habibi informed that since the last visit of the Director-General three years ago, the Afghan Women Journalists Union has expanded its activity to 13 provinces and counts over 400 members. “The situation is very bad in the provinces, the number of women working has decreased, many are fired without any reason and others receive their salaries after months,” she said, also reporting on harrassment.

Both Ms Habibi and Ms Ayubi agreed that the decision making power on hiring staff is dominanted by men, stressing the importance of women in leadership positions in the media.

Ms Bokova pledged to seek further support from potential donors, in particular for capacity building. The UNESCO office in Afghanistan stands ready to launch a Women Media Service project that would include investigative reporting by female journalists and capacity building throughout the country.  

The Director of the Afghanistan Journalists Safety Committee underlined the role played by media in promoting democracy in the country. “However, we receive pressures from all sides” said Mr Sharifi, highlighting also that many media had to close because they are unable to tackle the financial challenges they face. He recognized the commitment of the current Afghan leadership towards media freedom, calling for more concrete action.

Ms Bokova cited the expertise of UNESCO in the context of the UN Plan for the Safety of Journalists,  with judges and prosecutors receiving specific training to prosecute crimes against journalists. “I am impressed by the leadership you demonstrate and by all the actions and progress made over the past few years. The adoption of the Access to Information law in 2014 is truly a success story for Afghanistan, and now it needs to be fully implemented,” concluded the Director-General.

For further information contact UNESCO’s Mr. Habibullah Sayed 0728 85 85 53 – s.habibullah@unesco.org

UNESCO supports capacity building of Press Council in Pristina

News - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 15:10

“Our Press Council has decided to react to several criticisms it has received highlighting that our decisions and rulings should be written in a more user-friendly language,” said Qerim Ondozi, Public Relation Officer of PCK.

The training program was based on the recommendations of UNESCO’s needs-assessment report regarding press councils in the region. The report was published in 2015 and recommended to improve some of the Councils’ rulings, specifically pointing out that “there is sometimes a lack of detail in the explanation of whether and how the Code has been breached.”

At the training, decisions taken by PCK during the last two years were discussed. PCK receives on average 40 complaints per year. Decisions against the complaints are made by the Board and are then made public by the Secretariat of PCK.

Training highlighted the need for PCK’s decisions to be more descriptive, in particular to include a background section where the foundations and context of the complaints are outlined. Using the examples of their counterparts in Belgium and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the trainer Zenun Ҫelaj, editor-in-chief of the online news portal koha.net, highlighted how to bring clarity to and to boost the credibility of the decisions of the self-regulatory body.

This training seminar was organized as part of the UNESCO EU-funded project Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey. Nehat Islami, Executive Director of PCK, Nora Behluli, complaint officer, and Qerim Ondozi, PR officer, took part in the training.

UNESCO and Sakharov Prize Network discuss human rights online at the European Parliament

News - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 09:45

This was the message of Guy Berger, UNESCO Director of the Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, in a keynote speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, 24 May 2016.

His intervention was part of the Mid-Term Conference of the Sakharov Prize Network for stronger human rights action, which involves Laureates of the Prize and which is dedicated to defending human rights in a digital era. The session was chaired by MEP Christian Dan Preda, Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights at the European Parliament.

Berger referred to “a level of securitisation that puts our rights to freedom of expression, privacy and association under stress”. Balancing rights on the Internet needed to take account of international standards for proportionality and necessity, he said.

Balancing also needed to take account of the Internet specificities of Openness, Accessibility and Multi-stakeholder participation, Berger stated.  

Paying tribute to the Laureates of the Sakharov Prize, Berger also underlined that “we need to support and protect journalism, on and offline. We need to speak out when its expressions are censored, and when its practitioners are persecuted, whether by terrorists or state actors.

“These violations of freedom of expression remove the very factor that can enable everyone to think in an informed way. So, we must defend the right to do journalism online in freedom and safety.”

During the session Guy Berger also introduced a pilot project being worked on by UNESCO, and invited co-operation by European institutions. Called “Internet futures: upgrading policy and practice human rights in the digital age”, the project promotes the UNESCO framework of Internet Universality and ROAM principles as a way to balance human rights online.

The Sakharov Prize Network connects Members of the European Parliament, laureates, and civil society and it serves as a channel of communication that enables them to better address human rights violations and issues.

La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO salue la libération de Khadija Ismayilova, lauréate du Prix mondial de la liberté de la presse UNESCO/Guillermo Cano 2016

Actualités - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 21:26

« Trois semaines après que l’UNESCO ait remis à Khadija Ismayilova le prestigieux Prix UNESCO/Guillermo Cano 2016, je me réjouis de sa libération. C’est une étape majeure pour la liberté d’expression, le respect de la légalité et l’Etat de droit en Azerbaïdjan », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « L’engagement de l’UNESCO à défendre les journalistes dans le monde demeure constant » a-t-elle ajouté. « Améliorer la sécurité des journalistes, lutter contre l’impunité des crimes commis à leur encontre, défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté des médias n’a jamais été aussi important pour l’UNESCO. Cela nécessite l’engagement de tous les acteurs et de chaque gouvernement ».

Khadija Ismayilova, journaliste indépendante et collaboratrice au service azerbaïdjanais de Radio Free Europe, était détenue depuis décembre 2014. En septembre 2015 elle a été condamnée à sept ans et demi de prison pour abus de pouvoir et évasion fiscale.


Roni Amelan, Service de presse de l’UNESCO, r.amelan(at)unesco.org +33(0)145681650

La Directora General celebra la liberación de Khadija Ismayilova, ganadora del premio mundial UNESCO/Guillermo Cano de Libertad de Prensa 2016

Noticias - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 16:22

“Tres semanas después de que la UNESCO le concediera el prestigioso premio mundial UNESCO/Guillermo Cano de Libertad de Prensa, celebro la liberación de Khadija Ismayilova de la cárcel como un paso importante para la libertad de expresión, el debido procedimiento legal y los principios del derecho en Azerbaiyán”, dijo la Directora General. “El compromiso de la UNESCO de defender a los periodistas en todo el mundo es inquebrantable”, añadió Bokova. “Nuestro mandato de mejorar la seguridad de los periodistas y combatir la impunidad de los crímenes de que son objeto, de defender la libertad de expresión y las libertades de los medios nunca ha sido más importante que ahora y requiere el compromiso de todos los actores y de todos y cada uno de los gobiernos”.

Ismayilova, periodista freelance y colaboradora del servicio azerbaiyano de Radio Free Europe, está detenida desde diciembre de 2014. En septiembre de 2015 fue sentenciada a siete años y medio de cárcel por cargos de abuso de poder y evasión de impuestos.


Roni Amelan, Servicio de prensa de la UNESCO, r.amelan(at)unesco.org +33(0)145681650

Director-General welcomes freeing of Khadija Ismayilova, laureate of UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2016

News - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 16:01

“Some three weeks after UNESCO awarded Khadija Ismayilova the prestigious UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, I welcome her release from prison as a major step for freedom of expression, due process and the rule of law in Azerbaijan,” said the Director-General. “UNESCO’s commitment to stand by journalists around world, is unwavering,” Ms Bokova added. “Our mandate to enhance the safety of journalists and fight impunity for crimes against them, to defend freedom of expression and media freedoms has never been so important. This requires the commitment of all actors and every Government.” 

Ms Ismayilova, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe, was detained in December 2014. In September 2015, was sentenced to seven and a half years’ imprisonment on charges relating to abuse of power and tax evasion.

Le Sommet humanitaire mondial lance un appel en faveur de la protection des journalistes et de la promotion du journalisme indépendant dans les situations de crises

Actualités - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 11:22

La session portait sur les défis qui se posent aux médias dans les situations de crise, notamment sur les risques croissants auxquels sont confrontés les journalistes et sur la manière dont ces situations affectent leur capacité à remplir leur mission.

« Aujourd’hui, nous devons accélérer le mouvement de reconnaissance par les Etats de l’importance que revêt la sécurité des journalistes partout dans le monde, notamment dans les situations humanitaires d’urgence où les journalistes jouent un rôle vital pour informer, prévenir et limiter les impacts des crises », a déclaré la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO.

Cette session, présidée par la directrice du journal turc Hürriyet, Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, a déclaré pour sa part que « l’humanité est confrontée à l’un de ses défis les plus importants avec les millions de personnes qui fuient leur foyer à la recherche de plus de sécurité. Les médias jouent un rôle crucial en attirant l’attention du monde sur la crise des réfugiés et en se faisant l’écho de la souffrance de ces réfugiés forcés de fuir leur foyer. Ils gravent dans nos consciences des images marquantes de cette réalité ».   

Les participants à cette session ont appelé les Etats, les agences des Nations Unies et les organisations de médias à mettre en œuvre le Plan d’action des Nations Unies sur la sécurité des journalistes et la question de l’impunité.

Le Plan d’action, approuvé par le Conseil des chefs de secrétariat des organismes des Nations Unies pour la coordination (CCS), qui réunit les directeurs de toutes les agences des Nations Unies, est le premier mécanisme doté d’une approche multipartite à traiter de la question de la sécurité des journalistes et de l’impunité.

Les participants se sont intéressés aux actions spécifiques qui peuvent être menées par les acteurs concernés pour tenter de mettre fin aux attaques contre les journalistes et promouvoir le reportage indépendant dans les situations de crise.

L’Appel invite les Etats à mettre en place des mécanismes nationaux pour la sécurité des journalistes afin de prévenir et assurer un suivi des menaces visant les professionnels des médias. Il s’agit aussi de mettre fin à l’impunité en garantissant que de tels crimes donnent lieu à une enquête et d’améliorer la protection des journalistes en formant les forces de sécurité et les officiers de justice au droit humanitaire et aux des droits de l’homme dans le cadre des Objectifs de développement durable 2030, notamment l’objectif 16, qui appelle les Etats à garantir l’accès du public à l’information et protéger les libertés fondamentales ».

Cet Appel exhorte les agences des Nations Unies à partager l’information et les bonnes pratiques, en fonction de leur domaine d’expertise, afin de mettre en œuvre le plan des Nations Unies à l’échelle mondiale et d’assurer le suivi de l’état de la sécurité des journalistes à travers l’Examen périodique universel (le mécanisme onusien de suivi des droits de l’homme dans les Etats membres), les rapports de l’UNESCO et les rapports sur la mise en œuvre des Objectifs de développement durable.

Les organisations de médias sont également invitées à faire en sorte que le personnel local et international, professionnel et indépendant, soit formé afin de disposer des ressources nécessaires pour assurer sa propre sécurité.

L’UNESCO, l’agence des Nations Unies dotée d’un mandat pour défendre la liberté d’expression, recense plus de 825 journalistes tués dans l’exercice de leur profession au cours des dix dernières années. En moyenne, un travailleur des médias est tué tous les cinq jours et dans neuf cas sur dix, les auteurs de ces crimes ne sont jamais jugés, ce qui se traduit par une impunité pour les crimes commis contre les journalistes.


Pour plus d’information :

Le plan d’action des Nations Unies sur la sécurité des journalistes

Les actions de l’UNESCO sur la sécurité des journalistes

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




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