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Invertir en los jóvenes y proteger la cultura, claves para la consolidación de la paz

Vie, 21/08/2015 - 17:46

Al inaugurar el Foro, Su Alteza Real el Príncipe Heredero Al Hussein bin Abdullah II afirmó que la paz no es solo una cualidad y un valor, sino un “pilar para sostener nuestros hogares”.

A este respecto, el Príncipe Heredero destacó la importancia de los jóvenes como “una riqueza estratégica y un activo real”, especialmente para los Estados árabes.

El Príncipe Heredero habló de las funciones que desempeñan los jóvenes como constructores de la paz, trabajadores humanitarios, docentes, etc. “Son ellos los constructores de la paz”.

Refiriéndose al debate celebrado en el Consejo de Seguridad en el mes de abril, el Príncipe Heredero se comprometió a remitir la cuestión, por conducto de la Declaración de Ammán, al más alto nivel de las Naciones Unidas para que se adopten medidas al respecto.

Citando el discurso innovador que Su Alteza Real el Príncipe Heredero pronunció ante el Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas el 23 de abril, en el que dijo que “estamos en una carrera para invertir en los corazones y las mentes, así como en las capacidades de los jóvenes”, la Directora General declaró: “Estoy totalmente de acuerdo: esta es una carrera para educar, para recabar la participación, para nutrir, para incluir a todos los jóvenes de ambos sexos”.

La Directora General destacó la pesada carga que soportan los hombres y las mujeres jóvenes en los países afectados por conflictos.

“Mil quinientos millones de personas viven en países frágiles o afectados por conflictos, y el 40% de ellos son jóvenes. Se trata de una crisis de derechos humanos, un desastre para el desarrollo y un imperativo de seguridad”, declaró.

“Este es un año crucial, en que la comunidad internacional va a definir una nueva agenda mundial para el desarrollo”, continuó Irina Bokova. “Debe ser una agenda para la paz, una agenda para las mujeres y los hombres jóvenes, que se renueve con el espíritu de la UNESCO, cuyo 70º aniversario celebramos este año”.

En la sesión de inauguración intervino también el Dr. Babatunde Osotimehim, Director Ejecutivo del UNFPA, que compartió un mensaje del Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas sobre las medidas para luchar contra el extremismo violento, así como un mensaje en vídeo del Secretario de Estado de los Estados Unidos de América, el Excmo. Sr. John Kerry, quien citó al poeta Robert Frost: “Ahora que soy viejo, mis maestros son los jóvenes”.

El Ministro para Asuntos del Magreb de Argelia, el Excmo. Sr. Abdelkader Messahel, pronunció también unas palabras en la sesión de inauguración, en el curso de la cual intervinieron también tres jóvenes que se encuentran en la primera línea de la consolidación de la paz en Siria, Uganda y Colombia.

En este contexto, la Directora General se refirió a la labor que realiza la UNESCO con los jóvenes para promover iniciativas en pro de la paz, como por ejemplo las actividades de la UNESCO por conducto de su Estrategia operacional sobre la juventud (2014-2021), así como el proyecto de la UNESCO denominado “Redes de jóvenes del Mediterráneo”, que cuenta con el apoyo de la Unión Europea y se lleva a cabo en 10 países del Mediterráneo.

Irina Bokova destacó también la campaña mundial en las redes sociales que presentó en marzo en Bagdad (#Unidos para el patrimonio), destinada a contrarrestar la propaganda de odio y recabar la participación de jóvenes de todo el mundo para proteger el patrimonio de la humanidad.

El Viceprimer Ministro y Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores y Cuestiones Relacionadas con los Expatriados, el Excmo. Sr. Nasser Judeh, habló de la urgencia de apoyar a los jóvenes para hacer frente a quienes distorsionan y secuestran el “noble y esencial mensaje del Islam” mediante una “ideología de la oscuridad y el extremismo”.

El Foro Mundial congregó a unos 350 jóvenes de todo el mundo, junto a ministros de Relaciones Exteriores, organizaciones dirigidas por jóvenes, organizaciones no gubernamentales, gobiernos y entidades de las Naciones Unidas, con el objeto de acordar una hoja de ruta para forjar asociaciones con los jóvenes en materia de prevención de conflictos, lucha contra el extremismo violento y construcción de una paz duradera.

El Foro fue organizado de forma conjunta con las Naciones Unidas, representadas, en nombre de la Red Interinstitucional de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo de la Juventud, por la Oficina del Enviado del Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas para la Juventud, la Oficina de Apoyo a la Consolidación de la Paz, el UNFPA y el PNUD, en colaboración con Search for Common Ground y United Network of Young Peacebuilders.

La Directora General condena el asesinato del periodista brasileño Gleydson Carvalho

Mié, 12/08/2015 - 12:11

“Condeno el asesinato de Gleydson Carvalho”, dijo la Directora General. “Los periodistas son las voces del pueblo y cuando se utiliza la violencia para silenciarlos, es toda la sociedad en su conjunto la que sufre. Pido a las autoridades que investiguen este crimen y lleven a sus autores a juicio para que sean condenados de acuerdo con las disposiciones legales brasileñas.   

Carvalho informaba con frecuencia sobre temas de política local en su programa en la emisora Radio Liberdade FM. El periodista fue tiroteado mientras se encontraba emitiendo en directo su programa y falleció de camino al hospital. 

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 que sin distinción de raza, sexo, idioma o religión, la Carta de Naciones Unidas reconoce a todos los pueblos del mundo”. Para lograrlo, la Organización debe fomentar “el conocimiento y la comprensión mutuos de las naciones prestando su concurso a los órganos de información para las masas” y recomendar “los acuerdos internacionales que estime convenientes para facilitar la libre circulación de las ideas por medio de la palabra y de la imagen”.

Director-General calls for investigation into the death of Indian journalist Akshay Singh

Vie, 17/07/2015 - 10:51

“I express my condolences to Akshay Singh’s family, friends and colleagues and urge the authorities to investigate his death,” the Director-General said. “It is essential for rule of law and for society’s right to be kept informed, that the authorities do all they can to clarify the cause of Mr Singh's death. Reporters must be able to carry out their professional duties in a safe environment and crimes against them must not go unpunished”, Ms Bokova concluded.

Akshay Singh, a local TV journalist for the private Hindi news channel Aaj Tak, was investigating corruption in the north central state of Madhya Pradesh when he died from what doctors in a local hospital said was a heart attack. Media reports have raised doubts about the cause of Mr Singh's death.

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

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

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

UNESCO and You – Participate now in Youth Survey on Media, Technology and Peace!

Mié, 15/07/2015 - 15:09

UNESCO invites youth to share thoughts by completing the questionnaire below. It is divided into three parts and should be completed over a three-day period. 

Please do not complete this questionnaire if you are enrolled in the ongoing UNESCO and Athabasca University massively open online media and information literacy course.

If you are a young girl or boy between the ages 14 and 25 years this call is for you.

Your participation is crucial and will help to inform UNESCO’s design and expansion of its media and information literacy programme globally. Please see details about prizes below.

Media and information literacy affords youth with skills or competencies to effectively and critically engage with media and technology, participating in and advocating for ethical use of information and media, free expression and access to information, privacy, gender equality, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, global citizenship and hate content online.

Share your thoughts on these issues by completing the survey.

UNESCO values young people. The voices of youth count. Youth are not only the future of tomorrow. They are now. They are today. They are contributing to change and peace in this generation.

Please read the introductory paragraph at the beginning at the questionnaire carefully before starting.

There will be a draw for two prizes in the form of a two-week fellowship to visit a university in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe or other region of the world to be announced. The prize will be offered, by the Autonomous University of Barcelona,  to two young persons who fully complete all three parts of the questionnaire.

Intergovernmental meeting approves a new normative instrument by UNESCO to preserve world’s documentary heritage

Mié, 15/07/2015 - 14:35

Impelled by its responsibility to raise awareness about the need to safeguard the world’s documentary heritage, UNESCO recognized that urgent action is required to ensure that world's collective memory is protected and preserved for future generations. At its 191st session, the Executive Board of UNESCO recommended that the 37th session of the General Conference decide that the issue of preservation and access to documentary heritage be regulated at the international level by means of a normative instrument.

In his introductory remarks delivered at the opening session of the Intergovernmental Special Committee meeting, the representative of the Director-General, Mr Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, emphasized, “The collective memory of the peoples of the world is of vital importance in preserving cultural and linguistic diversity, in bridging the past and the present, and in shaping the future. But the sheer scale of the effort needed to preserve what constitutes the irreplaceable Memory of the world, requires commitment of all the stakeholders responsible for protecting and transmitting the world documentary heritage”.  Furthermore, he stressed that “together, we have today a unique opportunity to address these challenging issues and seek lasting solutions”.

This Recommendation, that will be submitted to the General Conference later this year for possible adoption, will thus become a cornerstone of public and international documentary heritage preservation policies for the decades to come. Its main focus is to promote the establishment of principles and norms for regulation at national and international levels of the specific selection, preservation, accessibility and policy issues that are not covered by the already existing normative instruments. 

The new standard-setting instrument is expected to be an essential tool in the harmonization of practice in this particular field and will also serve to enhance international cooperation for facilitating access to documentary heritage and the exchange of advanced preservation techniques. Finally, it would contribute as well to raising public awareness about the significance of documentary heritage and would meet the requirements of Member States by setting out standards and guidelines for all those responsible for the preservation of and the access to the valuable memory of humanity.

UNESCO launched the Memory of the World Programme in 1992 to guard against collective amnesia calling upon the preservation of the valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world ensuring their wide dissemination. The Programme vision is that the world's documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and, with due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently accessible to all without hindrance. The Programme is thus intended to protect documentary heritage, and to help networks of experts to exchange information and raise resources for the preservation of, and the access to, documentary and archival collections of valuable records.

La Directora General de la UNESCO condena los asesinatos de los periodistas hondureños Jacobo Montoya Ramírez, Juan Carlos Cruz Andara y Joel Aquiles Torres

Mié, 15/07/2015 - 12:15

“Condeno los asesinatos de Jacobo Montoya Ramírez, Juan Carlos Cruz Andara y Joel Aquiles Torres”, dijo la Directora General. “Es intolerable usar la violencia para silenciar a los periodistas, porque supone un ataque a la sociedad en su conjunto. Pido a las autoridades de Honduras que pongan fin a la impunidad de los crímenes contra periodistas y hagan lo posible para procesar a sus culpables”.

Juan Carlos Cruz Andara, reportero de la cadena de televisión Teleport, fue hallado muerto a puñaladas en su domicilio de la ciudad de Puerto Cortés (norte), el pasado 23 de junio. Cinco meses antes había comunicado a la policía que estaba amenazado de muerte.

El periodista de televisión Jacobo Montoya Ramírez fue muerto a balazos el 25 de junio en su domicilio de la localidad de Copán Ruinas, al oeste de Honduras.

Joel Aquiles Torres, propietario de la cadena de televisión local Canal 67, murió baleado al volante de su automóvil el 3 de julio en Taulabé, departamento de Comayagua.

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

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

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

 

World Youth Skills Day: media and information literacy for girls and boys

Mié, 15/07/2015 - 12:06

More than any time in history girls and boys are learning about themselves and the world around them more through media and technologies. Global phenomena such as privacy, youth radicalization, hate speech and new opportunities to engage in positive social change are mediated by media and technology.

Media and information literacy competencies are integral to all other 21st century competencies, be they technical competencies or social competencies, such as cultural literacy, global citizenship, financial literacy, health literacy, science literacy or environmental literacy. 

Youth skills or youth competencies have become urgent for their existence and survival in 21st century.

As one young person who is enrolled in the UNESCO and Athabasca University massive open online course (MOOC) in media and information literacy and intercultural dialogue notes:

“You know this course is changing my life, my perception, and correcting certain myopic view of mine. I am just so glad and I so wish I can educate every child so they won't grow with certain stereotyped perception and ignorance. (Iredumare Ojengbede Opeyemi)”  

UNESCO invites youth organizations and all actors to join us in stimulating awareness of the importance of media and information competencies to empower girls and boys by participation in the Women on Homepage initiative.

Download the Women on Homepage flyer. Circulate it in social media. Participate in the suggested actions by promoting girls, women and boys on your homepage.  

The World Youth Skills Day was established by the UN General Assembly on November 11, 2014, highlighting importance of youth skill development at global level.

Strengthening policies and funding for community media sustainability

Vie, 10/07/2015 - 16:16

The seminar will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, from 14 to 15 September 2015 and promote favorable regulation, policy and funding of community radio and facilitate knowledge sharing on complementarity roles of national, community and commercial broadcasting.

An enabling legal environment that provides recognition and facilitates resources and support mechanisms is necessary for the long term sustainability of community broadcasters. They work on a non-profit basis and are tailored according to the specific needs and conditions of their respective communities. This means that favorable community radio legislation and financing have to take into account a multitude of existing business models within a given national media landscape.

A common finding is the struggle for legitimacy, financing, and professional capacity. Many community radio stations give in to influential bodies for survival or give up and move to something else. This is all the more worrying as community radio is an important vehicle for development in many regions of the world. It can improve awareness and knowledge of solutions to community problems ranging from rural development, culture, education, agriculture, hygiene and sanitation to local governance.

“Community radio can make a significant contribution to national life. It offers two-way communication within the community; [...] it is a means of education and a help in broader national development; and its benefits can be spread through broadcast technology from the locality to the regional and national level,” said Nepal’s Minister of Information and Communication, Jaya Prakash Gupta, in a speech delivered at the meeting for development of community radio in South Asia.

Guy Berger, UNESCO’s Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, underlines that free, pluralistic and independent media are key drivers for sustainable development. According to Berger, “community radios [...] support democracy by enabling individuals to exercise their freedom of expression and right to access information". He also asserts that there is an invaluable pool of know-how and knowledge that can effectively be shared between regulators, broadcasters and wide-ranging stakeholders.

Case studies, concept papers and recommendations drawn from the seminar may be shared with parliamentarians, ministries, practitioners and the international community to facilitate partnerships, inform decision-makers and strengthen enabling environments for community radio worldwide.

UNESCO partners with Inter-American System of Human Rights for Impunity Day conference

Vie, 10/07/2015 - 11:01

To be held in the auditorium of the Inter-American Court for Human Rights in San José, the event is expected to especially attract judges and prosecutors from the Latin American and Caribbean region.

The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of Organization of American States, Edison Lanza, is partnering with UNESCO and the Court in hosting the event.

The conference will examine how impunity towards crimes against journalists is considered one of the main factors fuelling the cycle of violent crime against the exercise of freedom of expression and human rights more broadly. It will deepen and share experience and jurisprudence of International Courts, as well as national references in regard to national High Courts.

Holding the event in mid-October provides in advance global and regional signal about the UN’s International Day against Impunity for Crimes against Journalists which is marked on 2 November.

In 2014, UNESCO marked the Day with a conference in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The San José event in 2015 will initiate an online discussion and an online course involving the constituency.

According to the 2014 UNESCO Director-General’s Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity, less than six percent of the 593 cases of killings of journalists from 2006-2013 have been resolved.

The conference will take place within the wider context of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which has been endorsed by the UN Chief Executives Board and appreciated by the UN General Assembly.

The tentative Agenda, with participants still to be confirmed, includes representatives from national courts in Latin America, the Ibero-American Summit of Judges, as well as global regional courts of human rights.

Civil society groups, for example in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Guatemala, will be asked to discuss their role in awareness raising and in work to strengthen the effectiveness of mechanisms to protect journalists and end impunity.

For more information please contact Günther Cyranek, UNESCO Office in San José.

The draft concept note for the conference is available below:

La Directora General pide que se investiguen de manera urgente los asesinatos de tres periodistas mexicanos

Mié, 08/07/2015 - 17:41

“Condeno el asesinato de Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento, Gerardo Nieto Álvarez y Juan Mendoza Delgado”, dijo la Directora General. “Los crímenes contra periodistas afectan a la sociedad en su conjunto y limitan la capacidad de los ciudadanos de tomar decisiones con conocimiento de causa. Es importante que las autoridades investiguen esos crímenes y procesen a los responsables de los mismos”, añadió.

Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento fue asesinado en el estado sureño de Oaxaca; Juan Mendoza Delgado fue hallado muerto en el estado de Veracruz (sur) y Gerardo Nieto Álvarez fue asesinado en Guanajuato (centro).

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

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

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

 

African journalists hone skills in readiness for climate summit

Lun, 06/07/2015 - 15:17

This was the message of Jean-Pierre Poncet, Second Counsellor of the French Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, in his remarks to 18 African journalists attending a training workshop on climate change which started on 4 July at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Poncet noted that state actors were important in the negotiation process leading up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in December this year at the Paris suburb of Le Bourget. But he stressed that they could only be held accountable to their commitments by a cadre of journalists that was knowledgeable about both development and climate issues, and how they intersected in national policy frameworks.

The training workshop, a result of a strategic partnership between UNESCO and the French Agency for Media Cooperation (CFI), is aimed at equipping African journalists with the knowledge and skills required for them to authoritatively report on the International Scientific Conference which starts tomorrow in Paris. This is one of several preparatory meetings leading to the COP21 event itself.

The journalists came from Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda and Tanzania, and represent an emerging cadre of African journalists increasingly seeking innovative ways of reporting the complexities of climate change.

While the majority of them work for radio and print, others are bloggers who are exploiting social media for greater journalistic outreach on climate change awareness.

A key resource for the training workshop is UNESCO’s publication titled ‘Climate Change in Africa: A Guidebook for Journalists’.

The workshop is scheduled to end on 11 July.

New updates available at the Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger

Lun, 06/07/2015 - 14:58

Thirty-seven languages were updated in the first months of 2015. Some language updates show a higher level of endangerment. It is the case of Vote, an Uralic language spoken in the Russian Federation. The number of speakers of Vote has decreased from of 20 to only 15 speakers.

Other languages show encouraging improvements. Recent information led to consider Sarcee and Yucatec as languages in process of revitalization. Sarcee is a language from the Eyak-Athabascan family, spoken in Alberta, Canada. It has only 150 speakers left, according to the 2006 Census. Yucatec, also known as Yucatan Maya, is a language spoken in the peninsular area of Belize. Currently, Yucatec is used in different revitalization initiatives: public broadcasting (radio and television), satellite television, and some teaching in schools.

Several other languages entries like Asturian-Leonese, Gascon, Cornish, Han (Canada), Jersey French or Pitjantjatjara were enriched with new  resources, bibliography and links.

According to Christopher Moseley, editor in chief of the Atlas, “speakers and community members’ contributions are valuable because they may provide grounded and quality information about the endangerment situation of the languages, and in particular about the endangerment factors associated with attrition or revitalization processes”.

UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger intends to raise awareness about language endangerment as a global problem, and to help mobilize speakers and community members to develop grass-roots initiatives to revitalize their respective languages, through cultural, educational, media or other supports. 

Director-General condemns killing of cameraman Mohammed al-Asfar in Syria

Vie, 03/07/2015 - 20:06

“I condemn the killing of Mohammed al-Asfar,” the Director-General said. “Media workers in Syria have been paying an unacceptably high price for doing their work. I appeal to all parties in Syria to respect the civilian status of journalists. The right of reporters to carry out their professional duties must be respected in times of war as in times of peace.”

Mohammed al-Asfar was killed while covering fighting in the southern city of Daraa on 26 June.

The 19-year-old cameraman had been working for Al-Jazeera television since March this year.

 

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 espanol:] Director-General urges an investigation into the killing of Brazilian journalist Djalma Santos da Conceição

Vie, 05/06/2015 - 10:36

[Translate to espanol:] “I condemn the killing of Djalma Santos da Conceição,” the Director-General said. “I am deeply concerned about violent crimes against media workers. The perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to trial both for the sake of justice and to protect press freedom and citizens’ right to be kept informed. Violence and fear must not be allowed to muzzle the free press that people everywhere need.”

Santos da Conceição, 53, presented a daily programme, Acorda Cidade, on RCA FM, a community radio in Conceição da Feira, northwest of Salvador, the state capital of Bahia. According to media reports, he was kidnapped by armed men in the neighbouring town of Governador Mangabeiro on the evening of 22 May. Police found his dead body the next day in Timbó, a nearby rural community.

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.

 

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

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

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

 

La Directora General condena el asesinato del periodista de investigación brasileño Evany José Metzker

Mié, 27/05/2015 - 12:39

“Condeno el asesinato de Evany José Metzker”, dijo la Directora General. “Pido a las autoridades que lleven a cabo una investigación minuciosa sobre ese crimen y lleven a sus culpables ante la justicia. Es importante para la sociedad en su conjunto evitar que permanezcan impunes los responsables de ataques violentos destinados a amordazar la libertad de prensa”.

Evany José Metzker, de 67 años, era periodista de investigación y tenía su propio blog, llamado Coruja do Vale.

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

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

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

 

 

 

La Directora General de la UNESCO denuncia el asesinato del periodista mexicano Armando Saldaña Morales

Mar, 12/05/2015 - 17:16

“Condeno el asesinato de Armando Saldaña Morales y pido a las autoridades que lleven a cabo una investigación en profundidad al respecto”, dijo Bokova. “Los crímenes contra los periodistas afectan a la sociedad en su conjunto y limitan la capacidad ciudadana de tomar decisiones informadas. Es por lo tanto esencial que tales crímenes no permanezcan impunes”.

El 4 de mayo, la policía encontró el cadáver de Saldaña Morales en el estado de Oaxaca. Saldaña Morales trabajaba para los informativos de las emisoras La Ke Buena 100.9 FM de Tierra Blanca, estado de Veracruz. También colaboraba con otros medios, en particular El Mundo de Córdoba, El Sol de Córdoba, La Crónica de Tierra Blanca y Radio Max.

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

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

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