UNESCO and Foundation to Promote Open Society sign an agreement to promote freedom of expression and safety of journalists

UNESCO and the Foundation to Promote Open Society (OSF) have signed a partnership agreement to reinforce their commitment towards promoting freedom of expression and safety of journalists globally. The two-year agreement, which will last from 2018 to 2020, aims to reinforce UNESCO actions to promote freedom of expression, freedom of press, access to information and the end of impunity for crimes against journalists. The project will focus on raising awareness and facilitating vital dialogue to adopt policy reform on issues concerning freedom of expression and the safety of journalists worldwide.…

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Call for nominations for the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

The call for nominations for the 2018/2019 edition of the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities is now open. The aim of the Prize is to reward the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations that promote inclusion and the enhancement of the lives of persons with disabilities in society through the effective, innovative and inclusive application of digital solutions. Candidates (individuals and institutions) must have distinguished themselves through outstanding activities that have contributed to the digital empowerment, as the processes whereby people are…

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UNESCO And News Organizations Honor World Press Freedom Day With Global Call To Action

To commemorate World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO brought together major news organizations from all over the world to rise above the competitive nature of journalism and band together in support of a common cause: a free and independent press. The global campaign encourages each participating news organization to rally behind a radical idea: that news organizations should actively encourage their audience to not just engage with their platform but to read, listen and watch others as well. Based on the idea that consuming a range of news, sources, points of…

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World Press Freedom Day 2018: Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law

May 3 will mark the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day whose flagship celebration, organized by UNESCO and the government of Ghana, will be held in Accra, from 2 to 3 May, with the participation of the country’s President Nana Akufo-Addo. The theme chosen for this year’s World Press Freedom Day is “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law.” It explores the interaction between the judiciary and the media, and their complementary roles in fostering transparency, accountability and governance. Dozens of World Press Freedom Day…

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OsloMet and Makerere University partners with UNESCO in launching the Media Trends Report

The 2017/2018 UNESCO World Trends Report in Freedom of Expression and Media Development is a living proof that there is a lot that need to be done, to improve the state of freedom of expression globally. Speaking on journalist security and impunity at the launch of the report, which took place in Makerere University, Kampala, Prof.  Rune Ottosen a representative of the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO and a lecturer at the Journalism and Media International Centre/Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (JMIC/OsloMet), raised the report’s concern of…

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