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La Directrice générale condamne le meurtre du journaliste João Miranda do Carmo au Brésil

Actualités - jeu, 25/08/2016 - 12:02

« Je condamne le meurtre de João Miranda do Carmo » a déclaré la Directrice générale. « J’appelle les autorités à enquêter sur ce crime et à traduire ses auteurs en justice afin de protéger la capacité des journalistes de continuer à contribuer à un débat public informé. »

Do Carmo, qui possédait et dirigeait le site d’actualités locales SAD Sem Censura, a été abattu le soir du 24 juillet chez lui dans la ville de Santo Antônio do Descoberto.

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 murder of journalist João Miranda do Carmo in Brazil

News - mer, 24/08/2016 - 16:08

“I condemn the murder of João Miranda do Carmo,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice so as to protect journalists’ ability to continue contributing to informed public debate.”

Do Carmo, who owned and edited a local news website SAD Sem Censura, was shot on the evening of 24 July at his home in the city of Santo Antônio do Descoberto.

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…”

 

Evolution of Internet provides an opportunity for innovation in Kenya

News - lun, 22/08/2016 - 11:09

The Kenya Internet Governance Forum 2016 theme replicated the global IGF theme, Enabling Sustainable and Inclusive Development, but maintained topics that were specific to the current Kenyan Internet Governance landscape such as Internet and elections, block chain technology and its impact on industries, cybersecurity, perceptions and regulation of Over the Top (OTT) services and innovations.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) provides a soft policy direction, which does not make decisions but offers a forum for discussion and advice on Internet policy. “National IGFs become stronger platforms to influence and shape policy,” says Alice Munyua, from the Africa Union Commission. “The national forum is stronger in making recommendations that directly shape the Internet Governance policy environment.” National IGFs also feed into regional and global Internet Governance to inform policy direction at these levels.

KIGF 2016 focused on opportunities and Internet regulations around innovation and use of Internet towards the General elections. UNESCO, a long-time supporter of the Kenya IGF noted the importance of digital literacy in inclusive and sustainable development. Jaco Du Toit, Adviser for Communication and Information in UNESCO’s Regional Office for Eastern Africa, urged the government to look into the use and relevance of technologies, as well as to empower people living with disabilities to participate in the creation of a knowledge economy and in enabling innovation. Principal Secretary of Innovation in the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology Victor Kyalo made it clear that the government will continue to support innovation and is not interested in regulating the practitioners.

Live interaction was prompted by the discussions on how the ICT sector can make use of the blockchain technology to bring innovation to other sectors in the economy, such as agriculture and finance, and promote transparency, especially in matters of public interest. Participants also raised the question on whether most African entrepreneurs can afford to participate in the innovation global market.

The full report about KIGF 2016 will be available on kictanet.or.ke and intgovforum.org upon release.

About the Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Governance Forum is an open forum that brings together stakeholders on equal footing to discuss the evolution of the Internet. It was established by the World Summit on the Information Society in 2006. Since then, it has become a regular and leading global multi-stakeholder forum on public policy issues related to Internet governance. Its UN mandate gives it convening power and the authority to serve as a neutral space for all actors on an equal footing. As a space for dialogue it can identify issues to be addressed by the international community and shape decisions that will be taken in other forums. IGF can thereby be useful in shaping the international agenda and in preparing the ground for negotiations and decisions.

Director-General condemns killing of journalists Mubarak Al-Abadi and Abdulkarim Al-Jerbani in Yemen

News - ven, 19/08/2016 - 11:05

“I condemn the killing of Mubarak Al-Abadi and Abdulkarim Al-Jerbani,” the Director-General said. “Journalists must be allowed to carry out their vital work keeping the public informed. All have a legal duty to recognize the civilian status of media workers and ensure their safety, including in times of conflict, in keeping with the Geneva Conventions,” added Irina Bokova.

Mubarak Al-Abadi, a contributor to Al Jazeera television and Suhail TV, was killed on 5 August while covering fighting in the north of Yemen.

Abdulkarim Al-Jerbani, a photographer and reporter for several media in Yemen, was killed on 22 July while reporting on fighting in the northwest of 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…”

 

[Translate to francais:] Director-General denounces killing of journalist Mustafa Saeed in Iraq

Actualités - ven, 19/08/2016 - 10:09

[Translate to francais:] “I condemn the killing of Mustafa Saeed,” the Director-General declared. “Saeed’s death is a tragic reminder of the responsibility shared by all to respect the civilian status of war reporters in keeping with the Geneva Conventions. The media must be protected as it fulfils its role in facilitating the free flow of information, which takes on vital importance in times of crisis or conflict”

Mustafa Saeed was killed on 14 August while covering fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

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 killing of journalist Mustafa Saeed in Iraq

News - jeu, 18/08/2016 - 09:54

“I condemn the killing of Mustafa Saeed,” the Director-General declared. “Saeed’s death is a tragic reminder of the responsibility shared by all to respect the civilian status of war reporters in keeping with the Geneva Conventions. The media must be protected as it fulfils its role in facilitating the free flow of information, which takes on vital importance in times of crisis or conflict”

Mustafa Saeed was killed on 14 August while covering fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

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…”

 

 

Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information visits Honduras and Mexico

News - mer, 17/08/2016 - 11:39
This month, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information Frank La Rue visited Honduras to promote Internet Universality Principles, and Mexico to present the Spanish translation of UNESCO’s global report on digital safety for journalism.

La Directrice générale demande une enquête sur le meurtre du journaliste Widad Hussein Ali au Kurdistan irakien

Actualités - mar, 16/08/2016 - 17:47

« Je condamne le meurtre de Widad Hussein Ali » a déclaré la Directrice générale. « J’appelle les autorités à enquêter sur ce crime et à traduire ses auteurs en justice pour protéger la liberté d’expression et la liberté de l’information dans la région. »

Des individus armés non-identifiés ont enlevé Widad Hussein Ali dans la ville de Dohuk et son corps a été retrouvé mort au bord de la route quelques heures plus tard. Ali était un journaliste indépendant. Il travaillait notamment pour le site web Roj News.

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 journalist Widad Hussein Ali in Iraqi Kurdistan

News - mar, 16/08/2016 - 15:35

“I condemn the murder of Widad Hussein Ali,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to trial so as to protect freedom of expression and freedom of information in the region.”

Unidentified armed individuals abducted Widad Hussein Ali in Dohuk city and he was found dead by a roadside a few hours later. Ali was a freelance journalist. He notably reported for the Roj News website.

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…”

 

 

 

UNESCO apoya el desarrollo de medios de comunicación plurales e independientes en América Latina

Noticias - jeu, 11/08/2016 - 16:58
El Subdirector General de Comunicación e Información de la UNESCO, Frank La Rue, asistió al Encuentro Internacional de Legisladores celebrado el 2 de agosto, en Bogotá, Colombia. Organizado por la Oficina de la UNESCO en Quito en cooperación con socios locales, regionales e internacionales, tuvo como tema central: "La construcción de un entorno propicio para el desarrollo de medios de comunicación pluralistas e independientes en América Latina".

Uganda government officials trained on web accessibility for persons with disabilities

News - mer, 10/08/2016 - 16:55

It is in this regard, that UNESCO in collaboration with National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) supported Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) to carry out, a 6-day training workshop for Government Officers in charge of websites and web based services in Uganda to obtain additional knowledge and skills on Web Accessibility.  The workshop took place from 22 to 24 June 2016 and from 27 to 29 June in Kampala, Uganda.

The six day training aimed at creating awareness and equip Government Officers with skills on how to develop and maintain ICTs enabled services such as the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS), Electronic Tax Platform (E-Tax), Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS), Health Management Information System (HMIS), Government of Uganda Web Portal, National ID Project, E-Voter Register, and other websites of government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), and make them accessible to persons with disabilities in Uganda.

One participant remarked that "this training workshop has been very helpful and has given me a glance into what Persons with Disabilities go through to access websites and web based services. Now I appreciate the efforts being taken by NITA-U in collaboration with UNESCO to make web content accessible to them".

The training workshop attracted the participation of 80 Government Officers comprising of Information Technology Officers, Webmasters and Public Relations Officers drawn from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Uganda.

With the use of appropriate technology, people with disabilities can easily accomplish daily living tasks, communicate, study, work, engage in recreational activities, find gainful employment and this can go a long way in helping them achieve greater independence and enhance their quality of life. Whereas technology enables able bodied people to significantly improve their personal and professional lives, for persons with disabilities, technology helps them to overcome obstacles which prevent them from accomplishing even the most ordinary tasks.

This activity was organized within the framework of UNESCO’s Actions to enable universal access and promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Uganda and is a direct follow-up to the audit of inclusive ICTS for Education in Uganda, funded under the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) in Uganda. UNESCO works together with UNICEF to increase access to information and inclusive education for persons with disabilities through greater use of assistive technology and creating an enabling environment for the use of Assistive Technology to ensure Inclusive Education and Access to Information.

La Directrice générale condamne l’attaque terroriste meurtrière au Baloutchistan dans laquelle les journalistes Mehmood Khan et Shehzad Ahmed ont trouvé la mort

Actualités - mer, 10/08/2016 - 14:46

« Je déplore la mort de Mehmood Khan et Shehzad Ahmed », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « La violence à l’encontre des civils ne peut être justifiée. La disparition de ces professionnels des médias dans la terrible attaque terroriste de Quetta met à mal la capacité des citoyens à entretenir un débat éclairé qui est le fondement d’une bonne gouvernance et du dialogue », a-t-elle ajouté.

Mehmood Khan, caméraman pour la chaîne de télévision Dawn News, et Shehzad, caméraman pour Aqi TV, avaient été dépêchés sur les lieux pour couvrir le meurtre du Président de l’association du barreau du Baloutchistan, survenu plus tôt dans la journée lorsque l’explosion est survenue au milieu du cortège.

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 denounces Balochistan terrorist attack that claimed many civilian lives including journalists Mehmood Khan and Shehzad Ahmed

News - mer, 10/08/2016 - 10:30

I condemn the killing of Mehmood Khan and Shehzad Ahmed,” the Director-General said. “There can be no justification for violence targeting civilians. The loss of these media professionals in the brutal terrorist attack in Quetta undermines citizens’ ability to sustain informed debate that is the bedrock of good governance and dialogue,” Ms Bokova added.

Mehmood Khan, a cameraman for Dawn News, and Shehzad Ahmed, a cameraman for Aaj TV, were reporting at the time of the bomb blast on a gathering of mourners following the murder of the president of the Baluchistan Bar Association earlier in the day.

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 and humanitarians in crisis situations: Lessons learned from the Zika outbreak

News - mar, 09/08/2016 - 16:59

It is part of UNESCO’s initiative to promote and protect media’s principles, even in times of epidemic and crisis, to guarantee pluralism of sources and content, editorial independence, as well as to empower local populations with reliable information on how to stay safe.

From 14 to 15 July 2016, UNESCO held a workshop entitled “Inform, Engage, Investigate: Media and humanitarians in crisis situations – Lessons learned from the Zika outbreak” in Panama City, Panama with the participation of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

This workshop represented the first regional initiative aimed to address the relationship and the issue of cooperation between media and humanitarian organizations in times of crisis. The large gathering of public, private and associative media outlets, major humanitarian organizations and numerous UN agencies ensured a great representation of regional actors involved in journalism, risk communication and emergency response.

The workshop reunited over 50 high-level participants from public, private and associative media organizations and associations (International Association of Broadcasting, TV Globo, Voice of America, World Association of Community Radios, World Federation of Science Journalists), leading NGOs (Caritas Internationalis, National Societies of Red Cross, Refugee Education Trust, Save the Children, World Vision),  as well as numerous UN agencies (UNIDSR, UNICEF, OCHA, PAHO, WHO, World Bank), part of the UN Country Team and RedLAC Communication Group (www.redhum.org). More than 15 countries of the Latin America and Caribbean region were thus represented.

The methodology, consisting of 3 thematic sessions – each composed of a plenary, group work and conclusions – ensured a dynamic and participative atmosphere where every point of view could be shared and heard. Each session covered a specific angle related to risk communication: how to communicate scientific knowledge through the media, make sure it reaches the right population and ensure that they will fully understand and react upon that information? How can humanitarians effectively reach and engage affected populations through the media? How to preserve media’s principles in emergency and disaster situations and use investigative journalism to expose potential corruption around aid?

During the 3rd session placed under UNESCO’s lead, participants shared their respective experiences, expertise and expectations regarding the ways to guarantee media’s watchdog function during emergencies. It has been clearly established that humanitarian organizations rely strongly on media regarding the efficiency of their aid plans. Improved coordination on risk communication between media and humanitarians can significantly enhance disaster-preparedness and response. However, it is important to reaffirm the independence of media. Media have to be considered as free partners and not as mere channels and relays for humanitarian’s communications strategies. Media have to be able to produce their own content when covering a crisis through investigative journalism – and not settle to only broadcast or publish humanitarian’s statements of the situation. Although humanitarian organizations can be used as sources of information due to their expertise, it does not exempt them from being investigated by the media. This is especially true when dealing with aid’s management and use of financial resources.

The workshop closed on an intervention form Mr. Walter Cotte – Director of IFRC Americas – followed by conclusions and final remarks from Mr. Frank La Rue – Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information at UNESCO. During his speech, Mr. Cotte promoted communications as means to foster community engagement in issues that affect us, as citizens. “Communication is inherent to us as human beings” he said, “[…] we need more capacity to understand how communications can help improve our behaviors: […] to participate to the solving of issues that affect our societies”. Mr. La Rue stressed the importance of the editorial independence of media and investigative journalism regarding the transparency of disaster-prevention and relief public policies, as well as use of resources by local authorities and external organizations. According to Mr. La Rue: “[…] the press also plays a supervision role. Investigative journalism should be pursued at all times, even in situations of crisis. Journalists are part of the thermometer that verifies the efficiency of policies and funds.” And added: “Because consequences of crisis are always exacerbated when resources are misused.”

By the end of the two days, the participants unanimously highlighted and agreed on the following outcomes: They recognized the necessity for a steady coordination between the media and humanitarian organizations before, during and after an emergency situation. They understood the importance of training for media and humanitarian organizations to better acknowledge each other’s issues, intentions, interests and on how to work together during disasters. They underlined as a requirement, prerequisite to disaster response, as well as fundamental rights the defense of editorial independence, media pluralism and access to information.

Given the success and positive feedback from the participants, there is a request to UNESCO to replicate the workshop on a sub-regional and international level to continue synergizing the relations between media and humanitarians.

UNESCO supports the development of pluralistic and independent media in Latin America

News - mar, 09/08/2016 - 16:38
UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information Frank La Rue attended an International Meeting of Parliamentarians held in Bogota, Colombia, this week. The meeting was co-organized by UNESCO’s Office in Quito in cooperation with local, regional and international partners under the theme: "Building an enabling environment for the development of pluralistic and independent media in Latin America".

Media forums on rights, safety and security of journalists held in Kenya

News - lun, 08/08/2016 - 11:11

It is in this regard that UNESCO provided support to KCA to hold three media forums on rights, safety and security of journalists in Kenya: on 08 July 2016 in Machakos County, on 15 July 2016 in Mombasa County, and on 21 July 2016 in Nakuru County. The forums aimed at sensitizing journalists about their rights and the need for basic safety and security awareness at work, given the increasing patterns of conflicts and threats against journalists in Kenya.

According to a new study report commissioned by UNESCO titled: Supporting Safety of Journalists in Kenya: An assessment based on UNESCO’s Journalist Safety Indicators, more than 60 journalists, seven of them women, were assaulted, attacked, harassed and intimidated in the course of their work last year in Kenya.

As a continued measure to mitigate on the increased threats to the rights, safety and security of journalists in Kenya, Mr Janak indicated that the Kenya Correspondence Association (KCA) would continue to monitor and intervene in cases where any political or other actors threatened journalists. He further cautioned journalists against forging alliances with various competing political camps as this will expose them to a lot of danger, especially in the wake of the forthcoming elections in August 2017.

The forums were attended by 75 journalists working in print and broadcast media from Machakos, Mombasa Nakuru Counties in Kenya. During forums, participants were introduced to the following topics:

  • policy and legal measures/instruments governing the media sector;
  • emerging challenges faced by journalists in the 21st century; and
  • safety and security measures to consider when reporting in volatile and conflict zones and situations during elections.

This activity was organized within the framework of UNESCO’s Main Line of Action to promote an enabling environment for freedom of expression, press freedom and journalistic safety, and to generate knowledge and awareness of freedom of expression and media development in Kenya.

La Directrice générale déplore la mort des journalistes Abdelqadir Fassouk et Khaled al-Zintani en Libye

Actualités - mer, 03/08/2016 - 17:47

« Je déplore la mort d’Abdelqadir Fassouk et de Khaled al-Zintani », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Les médias jouent un rôle essentiel en assurant un débat public éclairé. La sécurité des professionnels des médias doit être assurée, y compris en période de conflit. »

Abdelqadir Fassouk, photojournaliste et correspondant pour la chaine d’information par satellite Arraed TV, a été abattu alors qu’il couvrait des affrontements dans la ville de Sirte le 21 juillet.

Khaled al-Zintani, journaliste freelance aguerri, a été tué alors qu’il couvrait des combats à Benghazi le 23 juin.

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 ».

 

 

 

Campana de Información del virus Zika: Mejorar la cobertura mediática sobre el virus y otras crisis y epidemias

Noticias - mer, 03/08/2016 - 15:41

Es parte de la iniciativa de la UNESCO el garantizar los principios básicos de los medios de comunicación, como el pluralismo de las fuentes de información, o la independencia editorial, y la imparcialidad, así como el acceso a la información en los tiempos de crisis y emergencia. De esta manera, se podrá multiplicar la eficacia de los planes de prevención y acción en estas situaciones.

Se evidencia, por tanto, la necesidad de un pluralismo en los medios de comunicación, donde destaca el poder de la radio: su proximidad a la población y la facilidad con que las informaciones son retransmitidas en tiempo real. Además, en las situaciones de crisis y emergencia, la radio representa expresamente un medio importante tanto para alcanzar comunidades remotas y sectores de la población vulnerables, así como para difundir eficazmente mensajes de prevención, como fue destacado durante la celebración del Día Mundial de la Radio, el día 13 de febrero 2016.

Para contribuir en la lucha contra Zika, la UNESCO ha movilizado varios de sus asociados de diversas emisoras de radio de la región latinoamericana y caribeña. Diversos anuncios radiofónicos de carácter informativo y preventivo contra la expansión del virus han sido producidos con la colaboración de la Federación Internacional de Cruz Roja y las Asociaciones de la Media Luna Roja (IFRC) y la Organización Mundial de la Salud (WHO) en las 4 lenguas de la región LAC (inglés, francés, portugués y español), y difundidos por sus emisoras asociadas.

A través de la provisión de importantes recursos emisoras públicas, privadas y comunitarias, la UNESCO ha sido capaz de informar eficazmente sobre los riesgos asociados con el virus y promover de dicha forma comportamientos preventivos.

Las principales redes y organizaciones internacionales - como la Asociación Internacional de Radiodifusión (AIR-IAB), la Unión de Radiodifusión del Caribe (CBU), la Radio France Internationale (RFI) y la Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias (AMARC) entre otros - han anunciado, distribuido y difundido diversos anuncios radiofónicos. Cada Comisión Nacional de la UNESCO procedente de los diferentes estados miembros de la región latinoamericana y caribeña también estuvieron implicados, con un total de 36 países implicados. En total, 789 estaciones de radio procedentes de toda la región se unieron a la campaña.

La campaña contra el virus Zika ha sido distribuida por la Oficina Central de la Asociación Internacional de Locutores a todos los miembros institucionales e individuales de 18 países de las tres Américas, incluyendo más de 17,000 emisoras de radio. Tras esta acción, se han recibido numerosas respuestas positivas de varias estaciones de radios entre las cuales se encuentran la Asociación Nacional de Radio en Uruguay, Brasil, Paraguay, Panamá, Perú, Costa Rica y El Salvador.

El mismo éxito ha obtenido la Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias (AMARC), ya que más de 280 de sus emisoras de radio asociadas han difundido los mensajes de radio preventivos en sus respectivas comunidades locales. Paralelamente, la Radio Internacional de Francia (RFI), quien mantiene estrechos lazos con más de 2,000 estaciones en la región, ha anunciado y distribuido igualmente el contenido desarrollado por la UNESCO.

En Brasil, dónde la epidemia del virus Zika es particularmente virulenta, la Agência Radioweb Brasil - una plataforma de radio por internet- ofrece oficialmente y pone a disposición de los oyentes los diferentes anuncios radiofónicos en su página inicial. Estos últimos han sido descargados y difundidos por cerca de 450 radioemisoras en el país, cubriendo así 394 ciudades y una audiencia potencial de 53,6 millones de personas (ver el mapa).

La campaña permitió a las emisoras locales acceder a contenidos que incluían medidas de prevención científicamente exactas, objetivas y de calidad. Se doto a la población de información fiable sobre el virus, sus modos de transmisión, así como de medidas concretas y simples para protegerse de él. Los anuncios se emitieron en las franjas horarias escogidas estratégicamente durante todo el día por las estaciones de radio privadas, públicas y asociadas para garantizar la máxima cobertura de la información.

Agradecimiento: Esta exitosa campaña ha sido posible gracias al importante apoyo y participación de nuestras redes radiofónicas asociadas (AMARC, AIR-IAB, la Alianza de Pública de los Medios de Comunicación, CBU) quienes anunciaron y compartieron con entusiasmo los anuncios radiofónicos con todos sus miembros y compañeros de América Latina y la región caribeña. También nos gustaría agradecer enormemente la cooperación y ayuda por parte de la Radio France Internacionale (RFI) por la difusión de la campaña contra el virus Zika de sus emisoras de radio regionales. Expresamos nuestra gratitud sincera a su vez a nuestros compañeros de las Delegaciones y Comisiones Nacionales de la UNESCO de la región LAC por su cooperación y comunicación con sus correspondientes gobiernos y ministerios en la promoción de nuestro proyecto. De igual forma, agradecemos a la Federación Internacional de la Cruz Roja y la Organización Mundial de la Salud su voluntad de compartir con todos los participantes en este proyecto informaciones y sus experiencias para ayudarnos a desarrollar diferentes acciones y técnicas de prevención con importantes y útiles informaciones acerca del virus Zika.

Zika information campaign: Improving media coverage on the virus, epidemics and crisis

News - mer, 03/08/2016 - 15:23

It is part of UNESCO’s initiative to guarantee media’s principles, such as pluralism of sources and content, editorial independence, impartiality as well as access to information even in times of epidemics and crisis. This will actually also multiply the effectiveness of disaster-preparation and disaster-relief plans. In this regard, media pluralism is essential as it provides diverse platforms for communication. In particular, the power of radio: its proximity to the population and its ease of access to information in real time, provide a unique opportunity to reach the largest audience in the world in the shortest possible time. In situations of crisis and emergency, radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people and to effectively disseminate prevention messages, as highlighted during the celebrations of World Radio Day 2016 – last 13th of February.

To contribute to the fight against Zika, UNESCO mobilized its partners’ radio network all across the Latin American and Caribbean region. Informative and preventive radio spots against the spread of the virus were produced in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The spots available in the 4 languages of the LAC region (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish) were distributed to UNESCO’s broadcasting partners all over the Latin America and Caribbean region. By providing valuable resources to public, private and community radio stations, UNESCO communicated on the risks associated with the virus and promoted healthy behaviors among the populations in afflicted areas.

Leading international broadcasting networks and organizations - such as the International Association of Broadcasters (AIR-IAB), the Caribbean Broadcasters Union (CBU), Radio France Internationale (RFI) and the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) among others - have advertised, distributed and broadcasted the spots. UNESCO Member States’ National Commission from the Latin American and Caribbean region were also involved. In total, 789 radio stations joined the campaign throughout the whole region.

The radio spots against Zika virus were actually distributed from International Association of Broadcasters Central Office to all institutional and individual members in 18 countries of the three Americas, representing over 17,000 radio stations. They have received positive responses from a large number of stations that make up the National Association of Broadcasters in Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Costa Rica and El Salvador. Same success for the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC), over 280 of their partner radio stations have broadcasted the preventive radio messages in their local community. Radio France Internationale (RFI) who possesses strong ties with over 2,000 stations in the region has likewise advertised and distributed the UNESCO audio files.

In Brazil, where the Zika epidemic is particularly virulent, Agência Radioweb Brazil – an online radio plateform – has uploaded the spots on its homepage. They were downloaded and broadcasted by about 450 radio stations in the country, covering 394 cities with a total potential audience of 53,6 million people (see the map).

The campaign allowed local broadcasters to access quality and scientifically accurate preventive content free of any charge. Their audience were empowered with reliable information about the virus, its transmission modes, as well as concrete and simple means to protect themselves from it. The short spots were broadcasted during prime time slots throughout the day by private, public and associative radio stations to ensure maximum coverage.

Acknowledgments: This successful campaign was made possible thanks to the strong support and involvement from our partner broadcasting networks (AMARC, AIR-IAB, Public Media Alliance, CBU) who advertised and shared the spots to all their members and partners across the Latin America and Caribbean region. We also would like to extend our thanks to Radio France Internationale (RFI) for promoting the campaign to their partner radio stations in the region. Sincere gratitude to our colleagues from the Delegations and UNESCO National Commissions of the LAC region for their cooperation in liaising with governments and relevant ministries to publicize our action. We are also very grateful for the International Federation of the Red Cross and the World Health Organization who shared their expertise and experience to help develop the radio preventive message with accurate content about the virus.

IPDC Chair joins debate about research for media development

News - mar, 02/08/2016 - 16:18

The discussion took place at the conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research in Leicester, UK. It was organised by the Centre for International Media Assistance (CIMA), in partnership with University of Westminster academic Winston Mano and media consultant Susan Abbott.

“In many countries, you can't do media developing in a brief three-year period,” said Ms Shala.

The IPDC Chair expressed reservations about development aid that was administered in a “hit & run” or fire-fighting mode.

Against the background of IPDC’s concept of knowledge-driven media development, she noted the importance of research in assessing the role of public access to information for the Sustainable Development Agenda.

“UNESCO and CIMA could cooperate in bringing academics and media development practitioners together,” the IPDC Chair proposed.

Ms Shala encouraged further discussion on the subject at the 4th world gathering of the Global Forum for Media Development in Jakarta, Indonesia, 20-22 September.

An IPDC workshop the day before, on 19 September, will seek to operationalise SDG indicator 16.10.2 on public access to information, investigating co-operation over the scope and data sources of the indicator.

CIMA Senior Director, Mark Nelson, told the meeting that total international development aid was estimated at about $135 p.a., of which only an estimated $625m went into media development support.

“When we talk about media development, a lot of people think we mean (only) training,” he observed. However, it entailed work on both political and technical dimensions, and it required building an enabling environment with an engaged society, an effective public sector, and a dynamic private sector.  

One participant in the meeting called for attention to the political economy of knowledge about media development. Another underlined that researchers need good networks, as well as economic and political capital, to get data on media development.

A third participant noted that it can cost a lot to buy data such as that concerning audience research, and called for more sharing of knowledge.

Researcher collaboration is important, in order to share "tricks" on how to get access to data holdings, stated another person.

Further points made were that research is needed into the motivations of donors, and that gender-sensitivity is essential in investigating the field.  

The general view was that a great deal can be learnt about media development and its outcomes, if academia could be better networked, and capacitated, to expand and deepen their research.

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