UNESCO offers free online courses on freedom of expression and safety of journalists

You can now browse for a selection of  free online courses on freedom of expression and safety of journalists organized by UNESCO and partners. Choose from a variety of self-directed courses on current issues such as the role of journalism in exposing disinformation around COVID-19; the legal challenges to protect access to information and journalists at times of restrictive measures to cope with the pandemic; or the impact of new technologies on journalism. Several of the courses were designed in partnership with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas…

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PRSA Defends the Right of Journalists to Report the News Safely and Without Fear of Reprisal

PRSA has a long-standing commitment to defending the First Amendment and a free, unencumbered press so when leadership learned on Friday, Dec. 18 that journalist and PRSA ICON 2020 speaker Marianna Spring, who specializes in reporting on disinformation for BBC News and World Service, is receiving death threats due to her reporting the organization forcefully responded. In an inews.co.uk column, Spring stated that her coverage of conspiracies associated with the coronavirus and the U.S. election had markedly increased the level of attacks on her personally, including threats on her life.…

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UNESCO, FreePressUnlimited (FPU) and MoI, launched an initiative to protect the lives of journalists

Following the killing of two journalists in Basra on 10 January 2020, UNESCO Iraq Office and FreePressUnlimited (FPU) in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and the national committee for the safety of journalists organized a meeting with Iraqi journalists to discuss the measures aimed to protect them in light of the latest incident. During the meeting, MoI representative Saad Maan, on behalf of the Minister of Interior, Yassin Al-Yasiri, launched the second hotline “171” to be the tool of contacting the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) by journalists in Iraq…

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UNESCO Article: How Do Journalists Make Ethical Choices?

Given the nature of this site I felt this was an interesting article posted by UNESCO below, if you are interested check out the UNESCO site there’s lots of interesting stuff there, article (c) UNESCO: How do journalists deal with unverified sources with information on a possible big story? Can journalists receive non-cash gifts or paid trips to cover an event? What are the new ethical challenges in the digital age especially with the spread of disinformation on social media? These are some of the ethical questions faced by journalist…

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