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La Conferencia del Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa adopta una Declaración sobre la libertad de prensa, el acceso a la información y la diversidad cultural

Noticias - Vie, 06/05/2016 - 14:27

Más de 1000 profesionales de los medios y las partes interesadas, incluidos representantes de los gobiernos pidieron a los 195 Estados Miembros de la UNESCO "reafirmar que la libertad de prensa y el derecho a la información son esenciales para la libertad,  los medios de comunicación independientes y pluralistas son cruciales para el avance de los derechos humanos y el desarrollo sostenible”.

En consonancia con los nuevos Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible establecidos por las Naciones Unidas para los próximos 15 años, la Declaración de Finlandia hace hincapié en la importancia del acceso a la información y la responsabilidad de los Estados de proveer información pública, tanto en línea como por medios tradicionales, así como promover el acceso universal a internet.

También, insta a los Estados a garantizar la seguridad de los periodistas, cuya vulnerabilidad a los ataques violentos socava la libertad de prensa y la libertad de información en muchas partes del mundo.

La Declaración reconoce además, la relevancia de la Convención de 2005 de la UNESCO sobre la Protección y la Promoción de la Diversidad de las Expresiones Culturales, la libertad artística y la diversidad cultural para el ejercicio de la libertad de expresión como derecho humano fundamental.

Los participantes del principal evento del Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa, organizado por la UNESCO y Finlandia, alabaron decisión del Consejo Ejecutivo de la UNESCO para celebrar el Día Internacional para el Acceso Universal a la Información el 28 de septiembre de cada año.

Durante los dos días de conferencia, la Directora General de la UNESCO, Irina Bokova, el Primer Ministro de Finlandia, Juha Sipilä y el presidente del país anfitrión, Sauli Niinistö, destacó la importancia fundamental de la libertad de prensa y la libertad de información para un desarrollo sostenible, un  buen gobierno y como una base para todas las libertades.

El ex presidente de Finlandia y ganador del Premio por la paz Félix Houphouët-Boigny en 2007 y el Premio Nobel de la Paz en 2008, Marti Ahtisaari, señaló en su discurso de clausura la conexión entre la libertad de prensa y la construcción de la paz.

La celebración del Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa 2016 tuvo el apoyo de unas 50 organizaciones pertenecientes a la sociedad civil y medios de comunicación públicos. Cerca de 100 eventos se han celebrado alrededor del mundo este año con el motivo del Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa.

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Para los medios:

Dossier de prensa: https://en.unesco.org/world-press-freedom-day-2016/press-kit (en inglés)

Contactos:

UNESCO: Roni Amelan: +33(0)7 86 43 58 76

 

Une Déclaration pour la liberté de la presse, l’accès à l’information et la diversité culturelle adoptée lors de la Conférence pour la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse

Actualités - Mié, 04/05/2016 - 20:13

Plus d’un millier de professionnels des médias et parties concernées, dont des représentants de gouvernements, ont prié les 195 Etats membres de l’UNESCO de « réaffirmer que la liberté de la presse et le droit à l’information sont essentiels pour des médias libres, indépendants et pluralistes et crucial pour la promotion des droits de l’homme et le développement durable ».

Avec les nouveaux Objectifs de développement durable définis par les Nations unies pour les 15 prochaines années en point de mire, la Finlandia Declaration, réaffirme l’importance de l’accès à l’information et la responsabilité des Etats à rendre les informations disponibles en ligne et hors ligne ainsi qu’à promouvoir l’accès universel à Internet.

Elle demande également aux Etats d’assurer la sécurité des journalistes, dont l’exposition à de violentes attaques compromet la liberté de la presse et la liberté d’information dans de nombreuses parties du monde.

La Déclaration reconnait par ailleurs l’importance de la Convention de 2005 de l’UNESCO sur la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles, de la liberté artistique et de la diversité culturelle dans l'exercice des droits humains fondamentaux et de la liberté d’expression.

Les participants à cet événement clé de la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2016, organisé par l’UNESCO et la Finlande, ont applaudi la décision du Conseil exécutif de l’UNESCO d’organiser une Journée internationale pour l'accès universel à l'information qui sera célébrée chaque année le 28 septembre.

Au cours de ces deux jours de conférence, la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, Irina Bokova, le Premier ministre de la Finlande, Juha Sipilä ainsi que le Président du pays hôte, Sauli Niinistö ont insisté sur l’importance primordiale de la liberté de la presse et de la liberté d’information pour un développement durable, une bonne gouvernance et comme élément de base pour toutes les libertés.

L’ancien Président finlandais et lauréat du prix UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny 2007 et du Prix Nobel pour la paix 2008, Marti Ahtisaari a aussi souligné, durant la cérémonie de clôture, l’importance du lien entre la liberté d’expression et la consolidation de la paix.

La célébration de la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2016 a bénéficié du soutien d’une cinquantaine d’organisations de la société civile et de médias. Une centaine d’événements ont été organisés dans le monde autour de cette journée cette année.

 

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Kit pour la presse: https://en.unesco.org/world-press-freedom-day-2016/press-kit

Contacts :

UNESCO: Roni Amelan: +33(0)7 86 43 58 76

Ministère finlandais des Affaires étrangères : Mari Lankinen, mari.lankinen(at)formin.fi, +358 (0)295 350 642

Ministère finlandais de l’éducation et de la culture : Heidi Mäenpää, heidi.maenpaa@minedu.fi, +358 2953 30230

World Press Freedom Day conference adopts Declaration on press freedom, access to information and cultural diversity

News - Mié, 04/05/2016 - 14:59

More than 1000 media practitioners and stake holders, including representatives of governments called on UNESCO’s 195 Member States to “reaffirm that press freedom and the right to information are essential for a free, independent and pluralistic media and crucial to the advancement of human rights and sustainable development.”

In keeping with the new Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations for the next 15 years, the Finlandia Declaration stresses the importance of access to information and the responsibility of states in making public information available both on and off-line, and promoting universal access to the internet.

It also calls on states to ensure the safety of journalists, whose vulnerability to violent attacks undermines press freedom and freedom of information in many parts of the world.

The Declaration furthermore recognizes the pertinence of UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection of and Promotion of the Divesity of Cultural Expression, artistic freedom and cultural diversity to the exercise of the fundamental human right of freedom of expression.

Participants at this year’s main World Press Freedom Day event, organized by UNESCO and Finland, lauded UNESCO’s Executive Board decision to celebrate an International Day for Universal Access to Information on 28 September every year.

During the two-day conference, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä and the host country’s President, Sauli Niinistö, highlighted the paramount importance of press freedom and freedom of information for sustainable development, good governance and a basis for all freedoms.

Former President of Finland and recipient of the UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny peace prize in 2007 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008, Marti Ahtisaari, also spoke of the link between press freedom and peace building during his address to participants at the close of the event.

The celebration of World Press Freedom Day 2016 drew the support of some 50 civil society and media organizations. Some 100 World Press Freedom Day events have been organized around the world this year.

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Press kit: https://en.unesco.org/world-press-freedom-day-2016/press-kit

Contacts:

UNESCO: Roni Amelan: +33(0)7 86 43 58 76

Irina Bokova meets President of Finland H.E. Sauli Niinistö

News - Mié, 04/05/2016 - 14:47

The meeting was held on the occasion of the flagship International Conference of World Press Freedom Day, organized in partnership with the Government of Finland in Helsinki.

Irina Bokova thanked the President for the support of the Government of Finland to UNESCO’s action across the world, with a special focus on defending freedom of expression and freedom of information and on enhancing the safety of journalists. She underlined the importance of the 250th anniversary of the world's first Freedom of information law.

“This champion support is embodied in UNESCO’s ground-breaking project, supported by Finland, on ‘Promoting Freedom of Expression in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen,’ as well as in Finland’s support to building education capacity, which I saw for myself ten days ago in Nepal,” said Irina Bokova.

The Government of Finland provides support to UNESCO through the Capacity Development for Education for All Programme (CapEFA), with a focus on TVET, gender equality and girl’s education.  Finland also supports the work of the UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication.

"I am deeply grateful for Finland's champion leadership in UNESCO and look forward to deepening this ever more, to take forward the 2030 Agenda," said Irina Bokova to the President.

On the same day, the Director-General was honoured to meet with the Prime Minister of Finland, Mr. Juha Sipilä. 

This was an opportunity to discuss the power of education for more inclusive and sustainable development -- as well as in emergencies, to provide skills, and opportunities for youth engagement, notably for Syrian refugees.

Discussion followed on implementing the 2030 Agenda, with the Prime Minister focusing on the importance of  an all-society approach. Irina Bokova thanked the Prime Minister for the depth of Finland's support.

Irina Bokova also had the opportunity to meet with the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Ms Lenita Toivakka, the Minister of Education and Culture, Ms. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Ms Anne Berner, as well as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Timo Soini.

The meeting with the Minister of Education and Culture, Ms Grahn-Laasonen, provided a moment to discuss cooperation between Finland and UNESCO in advancing a holistic approach to education in order to advance the 2030 Agenda. 

 Irina Bokova welcomed the meeting with Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, Ms Lenita Toivakka‎, for the overall range of the partnership between Finland and UNESCO. The Minister reviewed the priority importance of education for the success of the 2030 Agenda, with a focus on gender equality. The Director-General explored the contribution UNESCO is leading across its mandate, from education to sustainable water management and freedom of expression. She underlined the importance of new partnerships, including with the private sector, and the focus on capacity building for more inclusive and sustainable development.

The‎ Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Timo Soini, underlined the importance of UNESCO, pointing to Finland as a "long term friend" of the Organisation. Irina Bokova presented the actions taken by UNESCO across its mandate, notably in advancing education to prevent violent extremism, and to prevent youth radicalisation. She spoke also of UNESCO's leadership in safeguarding humanity's cultural heriatge and diversity, especially in the fight against the trafficking of cultural goods. Discussion followed on Global Priority Gender Equality, and the importance of girls' education, especially adolescent girls, as well as the key role of women in conflict mediation and reconciliation.

L’accès à l’information, la liberté et la sécurité des journalistes au cœur de la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2016

Actualités - Mié, 04/05/2016 - 09:46

Les intervenants ont célébré le 250e anniversaire de la première législation au monde sur la liberté d’expression et la liberté d’information, promulguée ce qui est aujourd’hui la Finlande et la Suède en 1766. Ils ont aussi évoqué le 25e anniversaire de la Déclaration de Windhoek, adoptée dans la capitale namibienne en 1991, et qui est à l’origine de la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse.

La cérémonie d’ouverture s’est terminée par un message de Gwen Lister, fondatrice du journal The Namibian, et co-présidente de la conférence sur la liberté, le pluralisme et l’indépendance des médias, organisée par l’UNESCO à Windhoek en 1991. Lors de son discours, Gwen Lister a rendu compte des progrès réalisés par les médias africains depuis la Déclaration de Windhoek et a évoqué les inégalités du paysage médiatique africain ainsi que les difficultés auxquelles le continent est confronté.

La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO a décrit cette Journée comme « l’un des moments les plus enthousiasmants du calendrier mondial. C’est l’occasion de célébrer la liberté de chaque femme et de chaque homme à s’exprimer. C’est l’occasion de mettre en lumière le droit à l’accès et au partage de l’information. C’est l’occasion de se tenir aux côtés des journalistes et de défendre leur sécurité ».

Irina Bokova a poursuivi en décrivant 2016 comme un tournant pour la liberté de la presse dans la mesure où c’est « la première année de mise en œuvre de l’Agenda 2030 pour le développement durable ». Cet agenda, a-t-elle rappelé, comprend l’objectif 16 qui vise à promouvoir des sociétés pacifiques et inclusives pour le développement durable.

La Directrice générale a qualifié d’intolérable le fait que 825 journalistes aient perdu la vie dans l’exercice de leur fonction au cours de cette dernière décennie. Elle a aussi exprimé son indignation que moins de 6% de ces meurtres aient été résolus. « Je réagis chaque fois qu'un journaliste est tué et insiste pour que justice soit rendue » a-t-elle déclaré. « Je demande aujourd'hui à chaque gouvernement, de répondre aux demandes d'information sur le suivi judiciaire. [...] Nous devons défendre les libertés fondamentales en ligne et hors ligne. L'UNESCO s’efforce de promouvoir Internet comme une plateforme s’appuyant sur des droits, ouverte, accessible et pilotée par de multiples acteurs », a-t-elle ajouté.

Lors de son allocution de bienvenue, le premier ministre finlandais, Juha Sipilä, a souligné l’importance pour la Finlande d'accueillir la Journée mondiale de la liberté de presse et déclaré qu’ « en raison du lien étroit entre la liberté d'expression, la liberté de la presse et de la démocratie, cet événement est également lié au 100e anniversaire de l’indépendance de la Finlande qui sera célébré l’année prochaine ».

Le Président finlandais et la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO ont présidé la cérémonie de remise du prix UNESCO/Guillermo Cano de la liberté de la presse qui a été décerné à la journaliste indépendante azerbaidjanaise, Khadija Ismailova. Le Président a aussi rappelé les principes du prix.

« Le Prix mondial de la liberté de la presse UNESCO/Guillermo Cano annuel est destiné à distinguer une personne, une organisation ou une institution qui a contribué, de manière notable, à la défense et/ou à la promotion de la liberté de la presse où que ce soit dans le monde, surtout si pour cela elle a pris des risques », a-t-il déclaré « Cette année le prix a été remis à Khadija Ismayilova, journaliste indépendante au service azerbaïdjanais de Radio Free Europe. Je regrette profondément qu’elle ne soit pas parmi nous aujourd’hui mais en prison ».

La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO a félicité Khadija Ismayilova pour son engagement sans faille en faveur des droits de l'homme et des libertés fondamentales. « C’est pour cela que le prix de la liberté de la presse UNESCO / Guillermo Cano 2016 est décerné à Khadija Ismayilova sur recommandation d’un jury international ».

Elmira Ismayilova, la mère de la lauréate, a lu un message de sa fille dans lequel elle dénonce la violence endurée par les journalistes dans le cadre de leur fonction et les encourage à continuer. « Défendez la vérité, osez poser des questions et ayez une réflexion critique. N’acceptez aucune excuse pour les prisonniers politiques. Une société ne peut aller de l’avant sans droit de regard ni critique publique. L’opposition n’a pas sa place en prison. Luttez contre la corruption et exigez l’intégrité et l’Etat de droit de vos gouvernements et de vos alliés ».

Doté d’un montant de 25 000 dollars, le Prix a été créé en l’honneur de Guillermo Cano Isaza, journaliste colombien assassiné à l’entrée des bureaux du journal, El Espectador, à Bogotá, le 17 décembre 1986. Il est financé par la Fondation Cano (Colombie) et la Fondation Helsingin Sanomat (Finlande).

La conférence de cette année ouvre de nouvelles perspectives en établissant des liens entre la liberté artistique et la Convention sur la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles et la liberté de la presse.

Près de 1100 participants ont pris part à la Conférence organisée dans le cadre de la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse qui se poursuit le 4 mai à Heslinki. En parallèle, une centaine d’événements ont été organisés dans le monde pour célébrer cette Journée. Parmi les événements clôturant ces célébrations figurent notamment un séminaire sur l’évaluation de l’impact des projets promouvant la liberté d’expression dans la région arabe et une exposition des travaux de 10 jeunes photojournalistes formés dans le cadre d’un projet régional de l’UNESCO financé par la Finlande et la Suède.

Les célébrations 2016 de la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse étaient organisées en partenariat avec le ministère finlandais de l’éducation et de la culture et du ministère des affaires étrangères, avec le soutien d’une cinquantaine d’organisations de médias et de la société civile.

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Dossier de presse: https://fr.unesco.org/journee-mondiale-liberte-presse-2016/kit-presse

Contacts médias :

UNESCO: Roni Amelan: +33(0)7 86 43 58 76

Ministère finlandais des Affaires étrangères : Mari Lankinen, mari.lankinen(at)formin.fi, +358 (0)295 350 642

Ministère finlandais de l’éducation et de la culture : Heidi Mäenpää, heidi.maenpaa@minedu.fi, +358 2953 30230, for local media

 

El acceso a la información, la libertad y la seguridad de los periodistas, temas principales del Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa 2016

Noticias - Mar, 03/05/2016 - 21:51

Los ponentes celebraron el 250º aniversario de la primera legislación del mundo sobre la libertad de expresión e información, promulgada en 1766 por las actuales Finlandia y Suecia, y el 25º aniversario de la Declaración de Windhoek, adoptada en la capital de Namibia en 1991 y punto de origen del Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa. Gwen Lister, fundadora del diario The Namibian, co-presidenta la conferencia de Windhoek sobre medios africanos libres, independientes y plurales, pronunció un discurso en la ceremonia de apertura en el que hizo balance de los logros de los medios africanos desde 1991 y habló del panorama mediático desigual del continente y de los desafíos a los que se enfrentan.

La Directora General describió el Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa como "uno de los momentos más inspiradores en el calendario mundial. Es una ocasión para celebrar la libertad de cada mujer y hombre para expresarse. Es un día en el que el derecho a acceder y compartir información brilla con luz propia. Es un momento para estar con todos los periodistas, para defender su seguridad.”

Bokova describió el año 2016 como un hito para la libertad de prensa, “el primer año en nuestro camino a la implementación de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible”. La Agenda 2030, añadió, incluye el Objetivo de Desarrollo Sostenible 16 (ODS 16), para promover sociedades pacificas e inclusivas para el desarrollo sostenible. 

La Directora General calificó de intolerable el hecho de que 825 periodistas hayan perdido la vida mientras trabajaban durante la última década, y expresó su indignación por el hecho de que menos del seis por ciento de estos asesinatos se hayan resuelto. “Alzo mi voz cada vez que un periodista es asesinado e insisto en que debe de hacerse justicia” afirmó. “Pido hoy a todos los gobiernos que respondan a las peticiones de información sobre el seguimiento judicial de estos casos. [...] Hay que defender las libertades fundamentales tanto en línea como fuera de Internet. La UNESCO trabaja para promover Internet como una plataforma que se base en derechos y sea abierta, accesible y dirigida por múltiples actores”, añadió. 

En su discurso de bienvenida, el primer ministro de Finlandia, Juha Sipilä, subrayó la importancia de la celebración del Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa para Finlandia y añadió que "debido a la fuerte relación entre la libertad de expresión, la libertad de prensa y la democracia, este evento está también conectado con el 100º aniversario de la independencia de Finlandia que se celebrará el año que viene."

El presidente de Finlandia, Sauli Niinistö, y la Directora General de la UNESCO, presidieron la ceremonia de entrega del Premio Mundial de Libertad de Prensa UNESCO/Guillermo Cano, que recayó en la periodista independiente Khadija Ismayilova de Azerbaiyán.

El presidente recordó las bases por las cuales se otorga el premio. "El Premio Libertad de Prensa anual honra a una persona, organización o institución que haya hecho una contribución sobresaliente a la defensa y/o la promoción de la libertad de prensa en el mundo y, sobre todo, si se ha hecho en situación de peligro", dijo. "El premio de este año se concede a la Khadija Ismayilova, periodista independiente y colaboradora del servicio azerbaiyano de Radio Europa Libre. Lamento profundamente que Ismayilova no esté con nosotros sino en prisión”.

La Directora General de la UNESCO felicitó a Ismayilova por su inquebrantable compromiso con los derechos humanos y las libertades fundamentales. “Este es el motivo por el que el Premio Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano se otorga a Khadija Ismayilova según la recomendación del jurado internacional”. 

Elmira Ismayilova, madre de la premiada, leyó un mensaje de su hija en el cual denunciaba la violencia ejercida sobre los periodistas en el marco de su trabajo y les animaba a continuar con su tarea. “Defended la verdad, atreveos a preguntar, a pensar de manera crítica. No aceptéis excusas sobre los prisioneros políticos. Las sociedades no pueden desarrollarse sin el escrutinio y la crítica del público. La disidencia no es un motivo para ir a la cárcel. Luchad contra la corrupción y pidamos integridad y justicia a nuestros gobiernos y aliados.”

Dotado de 25.000 dólares, el premio fue creado en honor a Guillermo Cano Isaza, un periodista colombiano que fue asesinado en la entrada de su periódico, El Espectador, el 17 de diciembre de 1986 en Bogotá. La Fundación Cano (Colombia) y la Fundación Helsingin Sanomat (Finlandia) financian el galardón.

La conferencia de este año abrió nuevos caminos al establecer vínculos entre la libertad artística, la diversidad de los medios y la libertad de prensa, tal y como la promueve la Convención de la UNESCO sobre la protección y promoción de la diversidad de las expresiones culturales.

Aproximadamente 1.100 participantes participan en la conferencia del Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa, que sigue el 4 de mayo en Helsinki en paralelo a un centenar de eventos organizados en el mundo. Entre los eventos de clausura de las celebraciones figura un seminario de evaluación del impacto de los proyectos de desarrollo de promoción de la libertad de expresión en la región árabe y una exposición de obras de 10 jóvenes fotoperiodistas formados en el marco de un proyecto regional de la UNESCO financiados ambos por Finlandia y Suecia.

La celebración del Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa 2016 se organizó en colaboración con el Ministerio de Educación y Cultura y el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores finlandeses, y con el apoyo de 50 organizaciones de periodistas y medios y de la sociedad civil.

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Para los medios:

Dossier de prensa: https://en.unesco.org/world-press-freedom-day-2016/press-kit (en inglés)

Página web del Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa: http://es.unesco.org/world-press-freedom-day-2016

Contactos:

UNESCO: Roni Amelan: +33(0)7 86 43 58 76

Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores finlandés: Mari Lankinen, mari.lankinen@formin.fi, +358 (0) 295 350 642

Ministerio de Educación y Cultura de Finlandia: Heidi Mäenpää, heidi.maenpaa@minedu.fi, +358 2953 30230), para los medios locales

Access to information, journalists’ freedom and safety at the core of World Press Freedom Day 2016

News - Mar, 03/05/2016 - 21:35

Speakers celebrated the 250th anniversary of the world’s first freedom of expression and freedom of information legislation, promulgated by modern-day Finland and Sweden in 1766, and the 25th anniversary of the UNESCO Windhoek Declaration adopted in the capital of Namibia in 1991, which was at the origin of World Press Freedom Day. Gwen Lister, founder of The Namibian newspaper, who co-chaired the Windhoek conference on free, independent and pluralistic African media gave the keynote address at the opening ceremony, where she took stock of the achievements of African media since 1991 and spoke of  the continent’s uneven media landscape and the challenges it is facing. The Director-General, described World Press Freedom Day as “one of the most inspiring moments on the global calendar. It is a moment to celebrate the freedom of every woman and man to express themselves. It is a moment to shine light on the right to access and share information. It is a moment to stand with all journalists, to defend their safety.”Ms Bokova went on to describe 2016 as a milestone for press freedom as “the first year in the journey to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The 2030 Agenda, she noted, includes SDG 16, to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. The Director-General went on to denounce as intolerable the fact that 825 journalists are known to have lost their lives doing their job over the past decade and voiced indignation at the fact that less than six percent of these killings have been resolved. “I stand up every time a journalist is killed and insist on justice being done,” she said, adding, “I call today on every Government, to respond to calls for information on judicial follow-up. […] We must defend fundamental freedoms both offline and online. UNESCO is working to support the Internet as rights-based, open, accessible and multi-stakeholder driven.” she added.In his welcome address, the Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä, spoke of the importance for Finland of hosting World Press Freedom Day and said that “because of the strong link between freedom of expression, freedom of the press and democracy, this event is also connected to the celebration of Finland’s 100 years of independence in the coming year.” Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland, and the Director-General of UNESCO, led the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize-giving ceremony honouring freelance journalist Khadija Ismayilova of Azerbaijan. The President quoted the standard by which the prize is awarded. “The annual World Press Freedom Prize honours a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and, or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, and especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger,” he said, adding, “The Prize this year is awarded to Ms. Khadija Ismayilova, freelance journalist and contributor to the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe. I deeply regret that Ms. Ismayilova is not with us, but imprisoned.”The Director-General of UNESCO, praised Ms Ismayilova unwavering commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms. “This is why the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is awarded to Ms Khadija Ismayilova upon recommendation of the International Jury.” Elmira Ismayilova, the mother of the laureate, read a message from her daughter in which she denounced the violence journalists endure for doing their work and encouraged them to continue. “Stand up for the truth, and dare to ask questions and be critically minded. Accept no excuse for political prisoners. Societies cannot develop without scrutiny and public criticism. Dissent is not grounds for jail, fight corruption and demand integrity and the rule of law from your governments and allies.”The $25,000 Prize is named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in Bogotá, on 17 December 1986. It is funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia) and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland).

This year’s conference broke new ground in establishing the link between artistic freedom, media diversity and press freedom, as promoted by UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression

Approximately 1100 participants are taking part in this year’s flagship World Press Freedom Day conference which continues on 4 May in Helsinki alongside some one hundred World Press Freedom Day events around the world. Concluding events include a seminar assessing the impact of development projects promoting freedom of expression in the Arab Region and an exhibition of works by 10 young photojournalists trained by the regional project UNESCO organized both with funding from Finland and Sweden.The celebration of World Press Freedom Day 2016 was organized in partnership with the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the support of some 50 civil society and media organizations.****For the media:Press kit: https://en.unesco.org/world-press-freedom-day-2016/press-kit

Contacts:

UNESCO: Roni Amelan: +33(0)7 86 43 58 76Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Mari Lankinen, mari.lankinen@formin.fi, +358 (0)295 350 642Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture: Heidi Mäenpää, heidi.maenpaa@minedu.fi, +358 2953 30230), for local media.

Promoting Safety of Journalists’ and Building Effective Safety Mechanisms

News - Mar, 03/05/2016 - 16:17

Toby Mendel, Executive Director of CLD, spoke of the discussion paper as an indication of things to be considered rather than a universal blueprint. The seminar, moderated by Jesper Højberg, Executive Director of International Media Support, which co-hosted the event, concluded that there could be no one-fit-all set of mechanisms for all countries.

At the same time, it was noted that every society could benefit from systems to prevent violence against journalists, protect those under threat, procure punitive actions against those responsible for that violence and end the impunity enjoyed by the overwhelming majority of criminals who impose censorship by murder.

The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity was a start as a framework for broad-based co-operation by different actors, participants stated. However, more was needed to change reality on the ground in places where violence against journalists was frequent and impunity the norm, the participants noted. Both violence and impunity in many countries are due to the shortcomings of essential state mechanisms including law enforcement and the judiciary, argued Toby Mendel. Against a background of failing governance, participants and panellists alike noted that international denunciations of violence against media practitioners and exhortations to end impunity would need to be supplemented with support in those countries where law enforcement overall is weak. Mechanisms to ensure safety of journalists, argued Mr Mendel, would work if they enabled media practitioners and civil society to pressure for better governance so that such demands did not only come from abroad.

UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information Frank La Rue proposed that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG16) for 2030 adopted by the countries of the world in late 2015 could prove a landmark.

SDG16 requires all countries to demonstrate progress in ensuring public access to information and protecting fundamental freedoms, which include the right to freedom of expression, he said.

“This puts all the countries of the world on par,” argued Mr La Rue, who qualified SDG16 as the premise for achieving all of the sustainable development goals, and added that all countries of the world could improve on access to information and safety of journalists, not only those with weaker governance.

Access to information could not be ensured in countries where journalists have to resort to self-censorship due to fear, he stated. Access to information could also not be ensured in countries which practiced censorship and sought to control the media.

Progress in achieving the SDGs could be enhanced by each society establishing or improving mechanisms to monitor and address the problems of journalistic safety.

UNESCO organized briefing in Paris on the Project “Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey”

News - Mar, 03/05/2016 - 16:09

“Improvement in media freedom and media accountability are fundamental in this region and we are really convinced that this project could make a difference to strengthen media professional standards. With the support of our partners, Permanent Delegations and the European Union, it is our wish that this project achieves a broad impact in the region”, said Franck La Rue during the discussion.

Mr Darko Tanaskovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia commented on the importance of the project for his country. Other participants of the briefing welcomed the signature of the project and expressed their commitment to support the implementation of its activities in their respective countries.

During the briefing, UNESCO representatives welcomed the adoption of a new code of ethics for Montenegrin Journalists on the very same day. This new code was prepared by the working group composed of the representatives of the Montenegro Council for Self-Regulation, Vijesti, Dan and Monitor, supported by the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and the Council of Europe.

Les jeunes slovaques et le ministère de l’éducation s’engagent dans la lutte contre la radicalisation en ligne

Actualités - Mar, 03/05/2016 - 16:05

Organisé par le Ministère de l’Education, des Sciences, de la Recherche et du Sport, la Commission Nationale Slovaque pour l’UNESCO ainsi que le Conseil Régional des Jeunes de Zilina, ce séminaire s’est focalisé sur le partage de connaissances, d’expériences et de bonnes pratiques en matière de prévention de la radicalisation, un sujet émergent qui influence considérablement le parcours de jeunes hommes et femmes dans plusieurs pays du monde. 

L’un des principaux résultats de ce séminaire consiste dans la mise à disposition d’un ensemble de ressources et de méthodes d’éducation aux droits de l’homme qui ont été disséminés auprès des acteurs clés de l’éducation formelle et non formelle en Slovaquie. Les participants ont également eu l’occasion d’effectuer des visites d’étude dans des centres de demandeurs d’asile afin d’acquérir une meilleure compréhension des difficultés rencontrées par les jeunes réfugiés. « Il est vital de continuer à user de réflexion critique pour traiter les problèmes qui affectent les jeunes, et en particulier compte tenu des votes significatifs en faveur de partis d’extrême droit chez cette frange de la population», déclare Dean Res du Conseil Régional des jeunes de Zilina.

« Ce partenariat entre la Slovaquie et l’UNESCO en matière de lutte contre la xénophobie à travers l’éducation est un excellent exemple de la façon dont les pays peuvent bénéficier de l’expertise de l’organise pour développe des stratégies coordonnées d’intervention pour et avec les jeunes », a relevé Eva Masarova, Directrice au sein du Département Jeunesse du Ministère Slovaque de l’Education. D’autres actions sont prévues dans ce domaine notamment en perspective de la Présidence Slovaque du Conseil de l’Union européenne qui prendra effet à partir de juillet 2016. Des actions d’échanges Nord/Sud entre organisations de jeunesse seront également soutenues dans le cadre du Projet NET-MED Youth.

Cet évènement a été organisé dans le cadre de la campagne du Conseil de l’Europe « Non au discours de haine » et a été rendue possible grâce à l’appui du mécanisme financier de soutien EEE Norvège, et à la collaboration du Programme NET-MED Youth de l’UNESCO.

Slovakian youth and the Ministry of Education fight online radicalization

News - Mar, 03/05/2016 - 15:57

The seminar, organized by the Slovak Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport, the Slovak Commission for UNESCO and the Regional Youth Council of Zilina focused on sharing knowledge, experiences and good practices on an important issue that is increasingly impacting young people from all over the world.

The outcome of the seminar was the creation of a set of tools and methodologies for human rights education that have been disseminated to both formal and non-formal educational providers. Participants also visited a Centre for asylum seekers to gain a better understanding of some of the issues facing refugee youth “It is vital that we continue to employ critical thinking to address issues currently affecting young people, particularly given the recent trend in youth support of far-right political parties,” said Dean Res from the Regional Youth Council.

This partnership between Slovakia and UNESCO to address xenophobia through education is a great example of how countries can benefit from the organization’s expertise to develop coordinated youth strategies,” said Eva Masarova, Director from the Slovak Ministry of Education’s Youth Department. Further action in this area is foreseen within the framework of the upcoming Slovak Presidency in the Council of the EU later this year. In addition, North/South exchanges and interactions between youth organizations will be supported as part of the NET-MED Youth Project.

The event was organized as part of the Council of Europe's No Hate Speech Movement and was made possible thanks to support from the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 as well as to the cooperation of the NET-MED Youth Project.

WSIS Forum 2016: Join UNESCO and its partners onsite or remotely!

News - Mar, 03/05/2016 - 11:52

At this year’s WSIS Forum, which is co-organized by UNESCO, ITU, UNCTAD and UNDP in ITU’s HQs, Geneva, UNESCO’s Director of the Knowledge Societies Division, Dr Indrajit Banerjee, will welcome participants in the Official Opening Ceremony. He will also moderate a High-Level Policy Session and a UNESCO organized High-Level Dialogue, United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) and Action Line meetings. UNESCO is exploring new grounds in terms of the format, by breaking down traditional silos and exploring how, in practical terms different traditional Action Lines can contribute to meeting the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The first High-Level Dialogue session will therefore be fully dedicated to SDG 16 and to: “Promoting Peaceful and Inclusive [Knowledge] Societies”. While the SDG 16 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies, this session will explore how technologies used from different Action Line perspectives can both advance and slow down the achievement of this goal. Future Knowledge Societies will need to cope with considerable socio-economic and cultural transformations coming from the uses of ‘new technologies’, such as the Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence, robots, ubiquitous connectivity, new social media, digital identities and platforms, and undecipherable algorithms.  These technologies will transform many aspects of our lives. The concept of inclusive knowledge societies offers, however, key elements to meet some of the SDG 16 targets and to address socio-cultural challenges and aspirations emerging from the new technologies. This session has been jointly prepared by WSIS Action Line Facilitators covering media, cultural diversity and ethics (AL C8,9,10), addressing jointly from their different perspectives key SDG 16 challenges and targets. It will include a roundtable on Fighting youth radicalization and preventing violent extremism on the Internet, a debate on key enablers of peaceful and inclusive knowledge societies and how to protect fundamental freedoms and promote diversity of cultural expressions. And it will include a new Match-making session, where several concrete projects will be presented and opportunities for joint action will be explored. The UNESCO-facilitated

In addition, UNESCO will facilitate the  

Joining online:

For those unable to participate in this year’s WSIS Forum in person, the event can be easily accessed remotely by choosing the desired session on the WSIS Forum Agenda online and selecting the preferred type of remote participation (Webcast or Adobe Connect). Remote participants will be required to fill in a real-time registration form in order to access the session. Each session will have 10 to 15 minutes dedicated to the questions from remote participants, so please try it out and join at a distance. 

UNESCO Outstanding Performance in Defending Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information

News - Lun, 02/05/2016 - 19:01

The Award was presented by Mr Gustav Björkstrand (Chairperson of Anders Chydenius Foundation), along with the 250 Delegation, in a ceremony held at the newly-renovated Päivälehti Museum of Finland’s Helsingen Sanomat newspaper.

Issuing the award were the Anders Chydenius Foundation and the Association for Chydenius Institute. The C‎hair of the board of the Foundation, Mr Gustav Björkstrand, explained that UNESCO, led by Ms Bokova, has significantly contributed to free flow of information legislation.

In accepting the award on behalf of the Organization, Irina Bokova cited the words of the humanist and philosopher, Anders Chydenius: “Freedom of writing and printing is one of the strongest bulwarks of a free organization of the State, as without it, the estates would not have sufficient information for the drafting of good laws, and those dispensing justice would not be monitored, nor would the subjects know the requirements of the law, the limits of the rights of government, and their own responsibilities.”

“This says it all,” said the Director-General. “Freedom of information and freedom of expression are human rights that are essential for human dignity, for accountability and transparency, for good governance and the rule of law, for effective decision-making.”

“Human rights and fundamental freedoms are ends in themselves – they are also drivers for the success of all of the goals,” she continued. “They are foundations for the inclusive knowledge societies we need for the century ahead, to take forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

The Director-General singled out the Government of Finland for praise, thanking it for its leadership in defending freedom of expression and enhancing the safety of journalists, notably in support of UNESCO’s action.

“I am deeply grateful to Finland for its champion support to UNESCO, embodied in the project on Promoting Freedom of Expression in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. This reflects values with deep roots in this country, in its history and society, led forward also by the Finnish National Commission for UNESCO.”

Previous awardees have been Mr Linus Torvalds (working for open innovations), as well as Mr Miklos Haraszti (working for media freedom).

Artistic Freedom & Creativity Key for Sustainable Development – Irina Bokova with Nordic Culture Ministers

News - Lun, 02/05/2016 - 18:32

Held at the National Museum, the High Level Debate was led by the Nordic Council of Ministers on the theme of ‘Re-shaping Cultural Policies for development, Promoting Diversity of Cultural Expressions and Artistic Freedom in a Digital Age.’

"Culture is an essential part of sustainable development," said Ms Tarja Halonen, President, Chair of Finnish National Gallery, in her Keynote speech, underlining the importance of gender equality to reshape cultural policies.

Moderated by Jussi-Pekka Rantanen, Senior News Presenter and Producer, Finnish Broadcasting Company, the debate featured a lively discussion between Irina Bokova, Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Minister of Education and Culture, Finland, Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister of Culture and Democracy, Sweden, Linda Hofstad Helleland, Minister of Culture, Norway, Bertel Haarder, Minister of Culture, Denmark, and Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland -- including also a comment from Minister of Culture Rigmor Dam, Faroe Islands, representing the Ministers of Culture of the three autonomous Nordic areas Greenland, Faroe Islands and Åland.

“I thank the Nordic Council of Ministers for this initiative – and, for linking this debate with the celebrations of World Press Freedom Day,” said the Director-General.  

“This is important and innovative, reflecting the deep commitment of the Governments and societies of the Nordic Council of Ministers to promote cultural diversity, creativity and freedom of expression, as essential pillars of healthy, open and dynamic societies.”

UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions underscores human rights and fundamental freedoms of expression, information and communication and the right of governments to implement policies that support creativity and artistic freedom. Indeed the cultural and creative industries have a dual economic and  cultural value that have a significant role to play in contributing towards the global economy and in building tolerant societies.

Remarks during the high level debate in Helsinki centred on better integration of culture in national development policies and in international development assistance programmes in line with the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by UN Member States in 2015. 

In support of the 2030 agenda, UNESCO’s global report Re|Shaping Cultural Policies, funded by the Swedish Government, showcases the contribution of freedom of expression through the creative industries, such as film, music, art, performance and media, and shows how this supports the development of countries around the world. It is the first report to begin monitoring the impact of the 2005 Convention, a decade after its adoption.

Cultural and creative industries represent one of the most rapidly expanding sectors in the global economy with a growth rate of 17.6 % in the Middle East, 13.9 % in Africa, 11.9 % in South America, 9.7 % in Asia, 6.9 % in Oceania, and 4.3 % in North and Central America.

All of the Nordic countries taking part in the debate have ratified the 2005 Convention which guides states on how to introduce better cultural policies to protect and promote the work of creative and media professionals.

The Swedish Minister, Alice Bah Kunhnke, was clear: "ratification is one thing, now we need to implement the Convention fully."

With an increasing number of attacks on artists reported in 2015, moderator and journalist with the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, Jussi-Pekka Rantanen, called on the ministers to share their priorities on the protection of artistic freedom.

The discussion focused on the power of the diversity of cultural expressions for human rights and dignity, for jobs and revenue, as well as for gender equality. This is how culture drives forward and enables pathways to more inclusive and sustainable development -- notably for developing countries -- to take forward the 2030 Agenda.

On the occasion of the roundtable, the Nordic Ministers of Culture issued the Declaration on Promoting Diversity of Cultural Expressions and Artistic Freedom in a Digital Age. This Declaration calls upon the international community, in particular, to enhance global monitoring in areas such as artistic freedom, gender equality, civil society participation and challenges of the digital age.

UNESCO Director-General in Helsinki for World Press Freedom Day

News - Dom, 01/05/2016 - 18:19

The overarching theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms,’ with a focus on: freedom of information and sustainable development, protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach and ensuring safety of journalists online and offline.

The Director-General will speak about UNESCO’s promotion of press freedom and freedom of information, and action to enhance the safety of journalists and to end impunity,  during the opening of the two-day conference on 3 May, when she will take the floor alongside Juha Sipilä, the Prime Minister of Finland, and Jussi Pajunen, the Mayor of Helsinki.

On the evening of 3 May, Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland, and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, will lead the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize-giving ceremony, whose winner this year is Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist from Azerbaijan.

On 2 May, this year’s conference breaks ground in establishing the link between artistic freedom, media diversity and press freedom, as promoted by UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. The Director-General will participate in a Side Event, led by the Nordic Council of Ministers, on  “Re-shaping Cultural Policies for development, Promoting Diversity of Cultural Expressions and Artistic Freedom in a Digital Age” – with Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Minister of Education and Culture, Finland, Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister of Culture and Democracy, Sweden, Linda Hofstad Helleland, Minister of Culture, Norway, Bertel Haarder, Minister of Culture, Denmark, and Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland, including also a comment from Minister of Culture Rigmor Dam, Faroe Islands, representing the Ministers of Culture of the three autonomous Nordic areas Greenland, Faroe Islands and Åland.

On the same day, the Director-General will be honoured to receive the Chydenius Medal, awarded by the Anders Chydenius Foundation and the Association for Chydenius Institute. This Award marks the outstanding performance of UNESCO on international level in promotion of the principles of openness, cherished by Anders Chydenius, the initiator of the world’s first Freedom of Information Act (1766). The Award was presented by Mr Gustav Björkstrand (Chairperson of Anders Chydenius Foundation) and Mrs Jutta Urpilainen (Kokkola City Council President, MP, Chairwoman of the Finnish UNESCO Commission), along with the 250 Delegation, held at the Päivälehti museum.

During the visit, the Director-General is expected to hold bilateral meetings with President of the Republic of Finland, Mr. Sauli Niinistö, as well as with the Prime Minister, Mr. Sipilä, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Ms Lenita Toivakka, the Minister of Education and Culture, Ms. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Ms Anne Berner, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Timo Soini.

La Directrice générale demande une enquête sur le meurtre du journaliste Francisco Pacheco Beltrán au Mexique

Actualités - Mié, 27/04/2016 - 17:28

« Je condamne le meurtre de Francisco Pacheco Beltrán » a déclaré la Directrice générale. « J’appelle les autorités à enquêter sur cet assassinat qui entrave la capacité des journalistes à mener à bien leur travail et limite l’accès à l’information au public ».

Francisco Pacheco Beltrán travaillait pour la station de radio Capital Máxima, le quotidien El Sol de Acapulco, l’hebdomadaire en ligne El Foro de Taxco et gérait son propre site web d’information. Il a été assassiné devant son domicile à Taxcos.

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 de l’éditeur de magazine Xulhaz Mannan au Bangladesh

Actualités - Mié, 27/04/2016 - 17:25

« Je condamne le meurtre de Xulhaz Mannan », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Mannan était la voix d’une partie de la société souvent tenue à l’écart, s’acquittant ainsi de son rôle de média à représenter tous les publics. Ce meurtre est une perte pour le Bangladesh, pour sa communauté des médias et sa société. J’appelle les autorités à enquêter sur ce crime odieux afin de traduire ses auteurs en justice et d’améliorer la sécurité de tous les journalistes pour assurer le respect de la liberté d'expression et la liberté de l'information pour tous ».

Xulhaz Mannan a été assassiné à son domicile, aux côtés de Tanay Fahim, tué lui aussi. Mannan dirigeait le magazine Roopbaan, l’unique média LGBTI du pays.

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 Directora General de la UNESCO pide una investigación urgente sobre el asesinato del periodista mexicano Francisco Pacheco Beltrán

Noticias - Mié, 27/04/2016 - 15:47

“Condeno el asesinato de Francisco Pacheco Beltrán”, dijo la Directora General. “Pido a las autoridades que investiguen este crimen, que socava la capacidad de los medios de llevar adelante su trabajo y limita el acceso público a la información”, añadió.

Francisco Pacheco Beltrán trabajaba para la emisora de radio Capital Máxima, para el diario El Sol de Acapulco y para el semanario en línea El Foro de Taxco. También manejaba su propia página web. Fue asesinado frente a su casa en Taxco.

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”. Estas condenas figuran en la página web que la UNESCO dedica a los periodistas asesinados.  

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Contacto para los medios: 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 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 urges investigation into murder of journalist Francisco Pacheco Beltrán in Mexico

News - Mié, 27/04/2016 - 15:14

“I condemn the murder of Francisco Pacheco Beltrán,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this killing, which undermines the media’s ability to do their work and limits people’s access to information.”

Francisco Pacheco Beltrán worked for radio station Capital Máxima, daily newspaper El Sol de Acapulco, online weekly El Foro de Taxco and ran his own website. He was killed in front of his house in Taxco.

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

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

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

 

Director-General condemns killing of magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan in Bangladesh

News - Mié, 27/04/2016 - 15:08

“I condemn the killing of Xulhaz Mannan,” the Director-General said. “Mannan spoke for a part of society that is often shunned, contributing to the media’s calling to serve the public as a whole. His murder is a loss to Bangladesh, to its media community and society. I urge the authorities to investigate this heinous crime, to bring its perpetrators to trial and enhance the safety of all journalists so as to ensure respect for freedom of expression and freedom of information for all.”

Xulhaz Mannan was killed in his home, along with Tanay Fahim. Mannan was the editor of Roopbaan magazine, the only LGBTI media in the country.

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…”

 

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