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Director-General condemns killing of journalist El Hadj Mohamed Diallo in Guinea

News - Thu, 18/02/2016 - 17:07

“I condemn the killing of El Hadj Mohamed Diallo,” the Director-General said. “I trust that the investigation undertaken by the authorities will lead to the trial of those who used violence to prevent a journalist from fulfilling his commitment to keep society informed.”

El Hadj Mohamed Diallo was shot on 5 February. He was a reporter for news websites Guinée7 and Afrik.

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…”

 

 

 

 

L’UNESCO va organiser une réunion internationale d’experts de haut niveau sur la radicalisation des jeunes dans le cyberespace en collaboration avec le Québec

Actualités - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 15:53

L’annonce, faite dans le cadre de la visite officielle au Canada du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies M. Ban Ki-moon, s’inscrit dans la suite de la première conférence internationale de l’UNESCO Les jeunes et l’Internet : combattre la radicalisation et l’extrémisme qui s’était tenue en juin 2015 au Siège de l’Organisation à Paris.

Organisée dans le cadre du Programme Information pour tous (PIPT), cette importante conférence a permis aux participants originaires de près de 70 pays de partager des expériences sur des interventions concrètes, des initiatives et des procédures visant à promouvoir l’utilisation d’Internet pour construire la paix et lutter contre la radicalisation des jeunes et l’extrémisme. A l’occasion de cette conférence, la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, Mme Irina Bokova, a lancé le nouveau cadre d’action intégré « Engager la jeunesse pour une paix durable : Jeunesse 2.0 – Développement des compétences, consolidation de la paix ».

Le 12 février, M. Couillard a fait part de son engagement pour « promouvoir un partage d’expertise s’appuyant sur un dialogue constructif et des partenariats solides pour lutter contre la radicalisation ».

Dans le cadre de son action de lutte contre la radicalisation, le Québec a mis en place une stratégie et créé le Centre de prévention de la radicalisation menant à la violence (CPRMV). Le CPRMV joue un rôle majeur dans la recherche, le renforcement des capacités et le partage d’information et d’expertise entre les communautés et les services gouvernementaux.

La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO s’est réjoui de cette annonce et attend avec impatience la mise en œuvre du projet :

« Le message de l’UNESCO est clair : nous devons élever les défenses de la paix dans l’esprit des jeunes femmes et des jeunes hommes, notamment sur Internet, afin de promouvoir les droits de l’homme et l’égale dignité de tous, de soutenir l’engagement et de faire avancer l’humanité comme une communauté unique réunie autour de valeurs partagées, pour lutter contre la radicalisation, la violence et l’extrémisme. »

Le Programme Information pour tous (PIPT) a été mis en place en 2001. Ce programme intergouvernemental fournit une plate-forme au niveau international pour le débat, la coopération et le développement de cadres d’action dans le domaine de l’accès à l’information et au savoir. Le PIPT apporte son soutien aux Etats membres pour les aider à développer et à mettre en œuvre des politiques et des cadres stratégiques nationaux dans le domaine de l’information.

UNESCO to organize a high-level international expert meeting on youth radicalization in cyberspace with Quebec (Canada)

News - Tue, 16/02/2016 - 16:32

Made in the framework of the official visit to Canada by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the announcement is part of the follow-up to UNESCO’s first international conference "Youth and the Internet: Fighting Radicalization and Extremism,” held in June 2015 at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters.

This landmark conference, organized in the framework of its Intergovernmental Information for All Programme (IFAP), allowed participants from some 70 countries to share policy intervention experiences, initiatives and processes for promoting the use of the Internet as a tool for peace and to counter youth extremism and radicalization. The conference saw the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, launch the new UNESCO Framework for Action “Empowering Youth to Build Peace: Youth 2.0 - Building Skills, Bolstering Peace”.

On 12 February, Mr. Couillard underlined the deep commitment " to promoting the sharing of expertise based on constructive dialogue and strong partnerships in the fight against radicalization”.

As part of its efforts to counter radicalization, Quebec has developed a strategy and established a Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRMV). The Center is playing an important role in conducting research, building capacity and supporting the sharing of information and expertise across communities and government services.

UNESCO’s Director-Generl welcomed the announcement and looked forward to taking this initiative to fruition:

“UNESCO’s message is clear – we must build the defenses of peace in the minds of young women and men, including through the Internet, to promote human rights and equal dignity, to support engagement and advance narratives of humanity as a single community around shared values, to counter radicalization and violent extremism.”

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.

Formation des forces de sécurité sur la sécurité des journalistes et la liberté d’expression à Mogadiscio

Actualités - Tue, 16/02/2016 - 15:30

La formation était basée sur le manuel de formation de l'UNESCO sur la liberté d'expression et l'ordre public, qui a pour objectif de promouvoir la transparence, d’améliorer les relations entre les forces de sécurité et les médias, et d’assurer le respect de la sécurité des journalistes sur le terrain afin de promouvoir la liberté d’expression, en particulier dans le contexte d’une transition démocratique ou après un conflit.

La formation a réuni pendant trois jours 30 participants, dont 26 hommes et 4 femmes, du ministère de la Sécurité et de l’Agence nationale du renseignement et de la sécurité (NISA) à Mogadiscio. Elle s’inscrit dans la suite d’une première formation qui s’était tenue du 2 au 4 juin 2015. Cette formation fait également suite à la mise en œuvre d’une priorité identifiée par toutes les parties prenantes concernant la sécurité des journalistes, qui porte sur l’ouverture du dialogue afin de parvenir à une concertation entre les médias, le gouvernement et les institutions clés de l'État et trouver une stratégie commune concernant la politique à adopter vis-à-vis des médias.

Les questions présentées aux participants de l’atelier portaient sur les thèmes suivants : la communication avec les médias ; les procédures de sécurité sur le terrain ; le journalisme, la démocratie et la liberté d’expression ; les moyens de garantir aux journalistes l’accès aux informations dont ils ont besoin. L’atelier était animé par un expert de la police de Montréal (Canada), qui a utilisé une méthodologie mixte (présentations, discussions de groupe, séances de questions-réponses et exercices pratiques) pour permettre aux participants de comprendre les différents concepts et sujets abordés au cours de l’atelier.

A l’issue de l’atelier, le ministre de la Sécurité intérieure, M. Mohamed Ali Jama, a déclaré : « Je suis content que l’UNESCO ait de nouveau apporté son soutien à cette formation à Mogadiscio. Nous avons besoin d’autres formations de ce genre et il est du devoir de chaque officier de partager avec ses collègues les connaissances acquises au cours de ces trois jours. » La Directrice générale a de nouveau demandé à l’UNESCO de prévoir de soutenir des formations spécifiques sur les médias et la sécurité destinées aux forces de sécurité somaliennes à Mogadiscio.

Cette initiative fait partie d’une action plus large de mise en œuvre du Plan d'action de l'ONU sur la sécurité des journalistes et la question de l'impunité, mené par l'UNESCO, approuvé par le Conseil des chefs de secrétariat des Nations Unies le 12 avril 2012 et ratifié par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies le 18 décembre 2013, dont le but est de coordonner les efforts des divers acteurs dans ce domaine. Soutenue par la Suède, cette action s’inscrit dans le cadre du projet de l'UNESCO intitulé « Promouvoir la création d’un environnement favorable à la liberté d’expression », qui a pour objectif de développer des médias libres, pluralistes et indépendants. Elle a également reçu le soutien de la Norvège. Le projet vise en outre à promouvoir le renforcement des capacités au niveau institutionnel, l’autonomisation des femmes grâce à un meilleur accès à l’information et le rôle des jeunes dans le dialogue, la réconciliation et le maintien de la paix.

Somalian security forces trained on safety of journalists and freedom of expression

News - Tue, 16/02/2016 - 11:59

The training was based on UNESCO’s Training Manual on Freedom of Expression and Public Order that aims at promoting transparency, facilitating and improving relations between security forces and the media, and also encouraging respect for the safety of journalists in the field to promote freedom of expression, particularly in the context of democratic transitions and post conflict situations.

The training attracted 30 participants comprising of 26 men and 4 women drawn from the Ministry of Security and National Intelligence Security Agency (NISA) in Mogadishu, Somalia. It was a follow up to a similar training workshop held last year from 2 to 4 June 2015 and was also a direct follow-up to the implementation of a priority identified by stakeholders on the safety of journalists so that lines of dialogue can be opened and agreement between media, government and key state institutions with a common strategy to deal with the media can be found.

During the workshop, participants were taken through thematic topics on how to communicate with the media; operational safety procedures when dealing with the media; journalism, democracy and freedom of expression; and how security forces can ensure that journalists can access the information they need. The workshop was facilitated by an expert from the Montreal Police, Canada, who employed a mix methodology comprising of presentations, group discussions, question-and-answers sessions, and practical exercises aimed at assisting participants to understand the various concepts and issues raised during the workshop.

At the end of the training, Mohamed Ali Jama, Director-General, Ministry of Internal Security, stated, “I am glad that UNESCO has again supported this training in Mogadishu. We need more similar trainings and it is the duty of each officer to share what they have learned from this workshop with their colleagues.” The Director-General further requested UNESCO to consider supporting specific trainings on media and security awareness for security forces in Mogadishu, Somalia.

This initiative is part of a wider effort to implement the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, spearheaded by UNESCO and endorsed by the UN Chief Executives Board on 12 April 2012 and confirmed by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 2013, which aims to coordinate the efforts of various actors in this area. This activity was supported by Sweden and falls within UNESCO’s framework of the project, entitled “Promoting an Enabling Environment for Freedom of Expression”, and aims at fostering the development of free, independent and pluralistic media. It also received a support from Norway. The project also promotes institutional capacity-building, the empowerment of women through widened access to information and the role of young people in dialogue, reconciliation and sustained peace.

La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO condamne le meurtre du journaliste Haji Mohammad Zubair Khaksar en Afghanistan

Actualités - Mon, 15/02/2016 - 11:09

« Je condamne le meurtre de Haji Mohammad Zubair Khaksar » a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Ce crime est une atteinte intolérable au droit humain fondamental de la liberté d’expression et de la liberté d’information ».

Journaliste chevronné, Haji Mohammad Zubair Khaksar travaillait pour le réseau de télévision et de radio publique Nangarhar. Il a été tué le 29 janvier alors qu’il rentrait chez lui dans le district de Surkhrod, après qu’une radio locale non reconnue par les autorités a menacé les professionnels des médias de la province.

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 ideas by word and image…”

 

News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals

News - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:19

After a rich debate on media’s role in securing safety of journalists and ending impunity among media leaders from 51 countries and six continents, IPDC Chair, Ms. Albana Shala, presented IPDC ‘s concrete action in this field both at normative and operational levels and called for the reinforcement of the Programme “so that more can be done to protect journalists”. She also urged Member States to increase reporting levels on the safety of journalists in their respective countries by ensuring that the relevant institutions share information with IPDC which tracks progress in this area.

Australia, Austria, Finland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United States of America, the Open Society Foundations and Al Jazeera supported the event. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the International Press Institute (IPI), the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) participated in the Conference and expressed commitment for follow-up action.

A selection of almost 50 articles from global media coverage in seven languages is available at the conference site. UNESCO’s own focus article is also online. A photo gallery is also online.

The IPDC Bureau, which will be meeting on 17-18 March 2016, will be considering a series of follow-up initiatives in this area, including the strengthening of IPDC’s monitoring and reporting mechanism on the safety of journalists and impunity issues.

La Directrice générale condamne le meurtre de la journaliste Anabel Flores Salazar au Mexique

Actualités - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 17:16

« Je condamne le meurtre d’Anabel Flores Salazar », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Ce crime prive la population d’une voix qui alimentait un débat public éclairé et qui contribuait à la libre circulation de l’information. Au nom de la justice et afin de garantir des conditions de travail plus sures pour les journalistes, j’appelle les autorités à enquêter sur ce crime et à traduire ses auteurs en justice ».

Flores Salazar était reporter pour le quotidien local El Sol de Orizaba et collaborait avec deux autres journaux locaux El Buen Tono et El Mundo de Orizaba. Elle a été enlevée à son domicile le 8 février dans la ville d’Orizaba, située dans l’état de Veracruz. Son corps a été retrouvé dans l’état voisin de Puebla, le 9 février.

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 ideas by word and image…”

Tunisian youth tell broadcasters what they want to see on screen

News - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 11:48

The two-day meeting was full of lively discussions, which began with opening words by Bruno Montariol, Representative of the EU Delegation to Tunisia; Rached Younes, President-Director General of Tunisian Television;  Jocelyn Grange, Deputy Team Leader of MedMedia; and Salma Negra, country coordinator for NET-MED Youth. Among the highlights was a creative forum where young participants pitched their ideas to a panel of international and regional media experts, including Abdelmajid Mraihi, Director of Al Wataniya 1.

“I hope that this meeting will bear fruit and that we will achieve the desired changes… Youth and media is a subject that causes controversy, and this initiative will have a positive impact”, optimistically stated Yasmine Labidi, from Tunisian CSO Jeunes Indépendants Démocrates (JID). “I think our message regarding the challenges to be faced was conveyed… I think it made ​​a good impression among representatives of national television”, she concluded when reflecting on the discussions held about the current situation of the media and the representation of young people in the content disseminated.

This was the third national meeting held in the framework of the "Youth on Screen" initiative, launched through a sub-regional conference in Amman in 2015 and followed by national meetings focused on JordanPalestine and now Tunisia. 

"Youth on Screen" is a collaborative effort framed under two projects funded by the European Union, NET-MED Youth and MedMedia, which are being implemented, respectively, by UNESCO and by a consortium led by BBC Media Action. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency also contributed to the initiative's launch.

The Networks of Mediterranean Youth (NET-MED Youth) project is implemented by UNESCO and funded by the European Union. It aims at mainstreaming youth issues and priorities across national decision-making and policy implementation in eastern and western Mediterranean countries by building the capacities of youth and youth organizations and promoting their active engagement in the development and implementation of national policies and strategies on youth, ensuring that youth issues are adequately covered by national and regional media and by identifying workable models for improving youth access to employment and youth inclusion in different sectors. To learn more about Networks of Mediterranean Youth (NET-MED Youth), follow us on: www.facebook.com/netmedyouth.

La Directora General de la UNESCO condena el asesinato de la periodista mexicana Anabel Flores Salazar

Noticias - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 11:45

“Condeno el asesinato de Anabel Flores Salazar”, dijo la Directora General. “Este crimen ha privado a la población de una voz que alimentaba el debate público e informado y contribuía a la libre circulación de la información. En nombre de la justicia y para promover condiciones de trabajo más seguras para los periodistas, pido a las autoridades que investiguen este crimen y procesen a sus culpables”, añadió.

Anabel Flores Salazar era reportera del diario local El Sol de Orizaba y colaboraba en otros dos medios locales, El Buen Tono y El Mundo de Orizaba. Fue secuestrada el 8 de febrero de su domicilio, en la ciudad de Orizaba, estado de Veracruz. Su cadáver fue hallado en el vecino estado de Puebla el 9 de febrero.

Las condenas de la Directora General por los asesinatos de profesionales de los medios responden a la resolución 29 adoptada en 1997 por la Conferencia General de la UNESCO y titulada “Condena de la violencia contra los periodistas”. Figuran en la página web que la UNESCO dedica a los periodistas asesinados.

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

La UNESCO es el organismo de las Naciones Unidas que tiene el mandato de defender la libertad de expresión y la libertad de prensa. El Artículo I de su Constitución declara que la Organización se propone “asegurar el respeto universal a la justicia, a la ley, a los derechos humanos y a las libertades fundamentales que sin distinción de raza, sexo, idioma o religión, la Carta de Naciones Unidas reconoce a todos los pueblos del mundo”. Para lograrlo, la Organización debe fomentar “el conocimiento y la comprensión mutuos de las naciones prestando su concurso a los órganos de información para las masas” y recomendar “los acuerdos internacionales que estime convenientes para facilitar la libre circulación de las ideas por medio de la palabra y de la imagen”.

 

Director-General condemns murder of journalist Anabel Flores Salazar in Mexico

News - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 10:15

“I condemn the murder of Anabel Flores Salazar,” said the Director-General. “This crime has deprived people of a voice that nourished informed public debate and contributed to the free flow of information. In the name of justice and in order to promote safer working conditions for journalists, I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to trial.”

Flores Salazar was a reporter for the local newspaper El Sol de Orizaba and a contributor to two other local news outlets, El Buen Tono and El Mundo de Orizaba. She was abducted from her home in the city of Orizaba, in the state of Veracruz, on 8 February, and her body was found in the neighboring state of Puebla on 9 February.

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…”

 

La Directrice générale dénonce le meurtre du journaliste Reinel Martínez Cerqueda au Mexique

Actualités - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:27

«Je condamne le meurtre de Reinel Martínez Cerqueda» a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Les journalistes doivent pouvoir exercer leur profession librement, sans craindre pour leur vie. Il est de ce fait essentiel que les auteurs de ce crime soient traduits en justice ».

Reinel Martínez Cerqueda travaillait pour la station de radio communautaire El Manantial. Il a été abattu dans la municipalité de Santiago Laollaga, située dans la province d’Oaxaca.

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

La Directora General denuncia el asesinato del periodista radial Reinel Martínez Cerqueda en México

Noticias - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 11:22

“Condeno el asesinato de Reinel Martínez Cerqueda”, dijo la Directora General. “Es preciso que los periodistas puedan ejercer sus deberes profesionales libremente sin temer por sus vidas. Por este motivo, es esencial que quienes han perpetrado este crimen sean juzgados”.

Reinel Martínez Cerqueda trabajaba para la estación de radio comunitaria El Manantial. Fue muerto a balazos en el municipio de Santiago Laollaga, estado de Oaxaca.

Las condenas de la Directora General por los asesinatos de profesionales de los medios responden a la resolución 29 adoptada en 1997 por la Conferencia General de la UNESCO y titulada “Condena de la violencia contra los periodistas”. Figuran en la página web que la UNESCO dedica a los periodistas asesinados.

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

La UNESCO es el organismo de las Naciones Unidas que tiene el mandato de defender la libertad de expresión y la libertad de prensa. El Artículo I de su Constitución declara que la Organización se propone “asegurar el respeto universal a la justicia, a la ley, a los derechos humanos y a las libertades fundamentales que sin distinción de raza, sexo, idioma o religión, la Carta de Naciones Unidas reconoce a todos los pueblos del mundo”. Para lograrlo, la Organización debe fomentar “el conocimiento y la comprensión mutuos de las naciones prestando su concurso a los órganos de información para las masas” y recomendar “los acuerdos internacionales que estime convenientes para facilitar la libre circulación de las ideas por medio de la palabra y de la imagen”.

 

 

Director-General deplores death of journalist Haji Mohammad Zubair Khaksar in Afghanistan

News - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 11:13

“I condemn the killing of Haji Mohammad Zubair Khaksar,” the Director-General said. “This crime is an intolerable attack on the fundamental human right of freedom of expression and on freedom of information.”

A senior broadcaster for the public Nangarhar Radio and Television network, Khaksar was killed on 29 January as he was returning to his home in the district of Surkhrod, after the broadcast of threats against media personnel in the province by an unregistered local radio station.

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 denounces assassination of radio journalist Reinel Martínez Cerqueda in Mexico

News - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 10:54

“I condemn the assassination of Reinel Martínez Cerqueda,” the Director-General said. "Journalists must be allowed to exercise their professional duties freely without fearing for their lives. For this reason, it is essential that the perpetrators of this attack be brought to trial.”

Reinel Martínez Cerqueda worked for the community radio station El Manantial. He was fatally shot in the municipality of Santiago Laollaga, in the province 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, press organizations and States brainstorm concrete measures to better journalists’ safety at UNESCO meeting

News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 18:05

The concrete actions that news organizations can take include: adopting safety protocols for newsrooms, taking advantage of safety training provided by NGOs, conducting risk analysis, and supporting freelancers. Other ideas raised were the use of mobile apps for journalists to report attacks, and coverage to raise awareness and show solidarity. 

The Paris conference News Organizations Standing up for the Safety of Media Professionals, which also involved dialogue with UNESCO Member States representatives, was marked by the active participation of media industry leaders, unions and social media. It helped strengthen the media as a key actor in providing safety for journalists and tackling impunity.

Participants at the Paris meeting also highlighted the importance of strengthening solidarity between media, from local and community radio to mainstream media. “One of the most important points of the conference is that we saw that the whole world was supporting us,” said Jesus Dureza, Publisher of the Mindanao Times and President of the Association of the media owners of Philippines (PPI). “We saw that we are not alone. And you can’t underestimate the importance of this feeling.”

A smaller follow-up meeting on 6 February gathered 25 participants from the conference who explored additional steps such as setting up national mechanisms to monitor and report on safety and impunity. It also gave further attention to the status of freelancers in dangerous areas and tools  to that can help improve their safety and protection, such as the Global Safety Principles and Practices for Freelancers developed by the ACOS (A Culture of Safety) alliance.

During the 5 February conference, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, stressed in her remarks the importance of “building broad base co-operation, to enhance safety of journalists and end impunity” in the framework of the UN Plan of Action of Safety of Journalists. The Director General also announced that she “agreed on the importance of the proposal for a special representative on journalist safety, within the Office of the United Nations Secretary General”.

Amongst the participants were senior representatives of The Associated Press; the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Thomson Reuters, France Media Monde, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera, European Broadcast Union, Prisa, AMARC and the Inter-American Press Association.

Sessions were moderated by Chanel 4’s Siobhan Sinnerton, BBC’s Zeinab Badawi, and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour who is also UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety. 

Jim Boumelha of the International Federation of Journalists called for greater action by governments and the UN to protect journalists, while Erik Bjerager, of the World Editors Forum, said the media itself could do much more. 

Monica Maggioni, President of RAI highlighted that the nature of conflict is changing and it is becoming more dangerous for media companies to decide to send their reporters to report from the battlefield, since some extremists “consider journalists to be an instrument in war”. Doug Jehl, foreign editor at The Washington Post reiterated that journalists are being persecuted, not only because of what they write but what they represent.

Cilla Benkö, Director General of Swedish Radio and Mustafa Souag, head of Al Jazeera, reiterated that democracy needs journalists to be alive, but that in recent years they observe that the number of attacks is growing. Veran Matic from Serbia’s B94 pointed out that the morale of the professional community suffers if the murder of fellow colleagues is not solved.

Pavel Andreev, Deputy editor-in-chief of Russia’s Sputnik news agency, said: “The problem starts with the newsroom. Unless we start reporting on these issues ourselves nobody will pick it up for us. There is an issue of selective reporting – we cannot allow ourselves to report one death but not others. We have to cover all killings and wrongdoings against journalists no matter where, leave aside double standards. We have to stop talking about journalists deceased in the line of duty as martyrs but as heroes.”

Deputy Director General of UNESCO, Getachew Engida said in his closing remarks: “Governments must do more. The UN must do more. Civil society must do more. And the media industry must do more.”  

UNESCO’s Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Guy Berger spoke of the symbiotic relationship between press freedom and safety of journalists.

On the occasion of the conference, Reporters Without Borders and UNESCO also officially launched the latest edition of the Safety Guide for Journalists: A handbook for reporters in high-risk environments. The 130-page guide,  accessible online in Arabic, English, French and Spanish, offers essential information and practical advice for journalists to assist them before, during and after assignments in dangerous areas.

The conference was organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication, and supported by six media groupings, a foundation and six Member States. 

 

 

La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO condamne la mort du professionnel des médias Hashem Al Hamran tué au Yémen

Actualités - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 17:01

«Je condamne la mort de Hashem Al Hamran », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Sa mort met en lumière la nécessité d’améliorer la sécurité des professionnels des médias en toutes circonstances. La libre circulation de l’information est importante pour toute société. Elle devient vitale pour les civils confrontés à l’épreuve d’un conflit».  

Blessé par une bombe alors qu’il filmait dans la ville de Dahyan, dans la province de Saada, Hashem Al Hamran est mort des suites de ses blessures le 22 janvier. Il travaillait pour la chaîne de télévision houthie Al Masirah.

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 ».

Director-General condemns killing of media worker Hashem Al Hamran in Yemen

News - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 11:21

“I condemn the killing of Hashem Al Hamran,” the Director-General said. “His death highlights the imperative need to improve the security of media professionals in all circumstances. The free flow of information is important for any society. It becomes truly vital for civilians living with the hardship of conflict.”

Injured by a bomb while filming in the city of Dahyan, in Saada province, Hashem Al Hamran died from his injuries on 22 January. He had been working for Houthi-owned Al Masirah television broadcaster.

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…”

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

News - Fri, 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.

Reporteros Sin Fronteras y UNESCO publican nueva edición del Manual de Seguridad para Periodistas en Zonas de Riesgo

Noticias - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:06

La guía consta de 130 páginas que ofrecen información esencial y consejos prácticos para los periodistas en misiones de alto riesgo. Esta publicación se presenta durante un contexto de constantes amenazas contra los profesionales de los medios, en donde más de 700 periodistas han sido asesinados en la última décad. En 2015, más de 105 periodistas fueron asesinados , mientras que muchos mas fueron amenazados, encarcelados o secuestrados simplemente por hacer su trabajo e informar al público.

"La guía es una importante colección de conocimientos y experiencias adquiridas a lo largo de los años por periodistas, organizaciones de medios y grupos en apoyo por la libertad de expresión", de acuerdo con  Guy Berger, Director de la División de la Libertad de Expresión y el Desarrollo de los Medios en la UNESCO .

La primera edición de la Guía de Seguridad para Periodistas se produjo en 1992. Desde entonces ha sido actualizada y traducida a varios idiomas y distribuida ampliamente. La nueva versión, disponible en árabe, inglés, francés y español, aborda nuevas amenazas y desafíos a una profesión cada vez más riesgosa. La Guía contiene nuevos capítulos que ponen en relieve la seguridad digital, un tema preocupante para los periodistas, y aborda las precauciones de seguridad para aquellos que cubren desastres naturales o epidemias. También es expuesto el problema de la violencia sexual, dirigido especialmente a mujeres periodistas.

Los periodistas y las organizaciones de medios son actores esenciales para el ejercicio de la libertad de expresión, por lo que son presa de aquellos que quieren imponer un control estricto sobre el debate público y el derecho a la información. Con la nueva edición de la Guía , Reporteros sin Fronteras y la UNESCO continúan su trabajo siguiendo el Plan de Acción de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Seguridad de los Periodistas y la Cuestión de la Impunidad, cuyo objetivo es crear un entorno libre y seguro para los periodistas y medios de comunicación. El Plan fue adoptado en abril del 2012 y confirmado por la Asamblea General de la ONU en noviembre de 2013.

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