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 at the University of Texas at Austin, recognized globally for the quality of its Massive Open Online Training Courses (MOOCs) and supported by international government and civil society organizations, United Nations agencies, as well as prestigious universities from around the world.

These free online courses are a great resource for:

  • Judges and judicial operators interested in applying international standards to protect freedom of expression, access to information and the safety of journalists in national and regional judicial systems.
  • Journalists seeking to improve their reporting skills and learn from scientific experts to inform the public about the pandemic and address misinformation.
  • Civil society organizations interested in acquiring knowledge to improve advocacy strategies to defend freedom of expression, press freedom, access to information, the right to privacy and other digital issues.
  • Academic community and students researching on topics related to the safety of journalists, the role of the judiciary in ending impunity for crimes against journalists, internet governance, and current trends in freedom of expression and media development.

Most of the courses are available in English, French and Spanish. Several are also available in Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Hindi and Guarani.

You can also consult a selection of UNESCO’s most read publications on freedom of expression and safety of journalists. Many of them are available in different languages

More about UNESCO’s online training courses

  • UNESCO has trained more than 17,000 judicial actors and 3,400 law enforcement agents in Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and Safety of Journalists.
  • 9,000 journalists from 162 countries reached subscribed to the training course “Journalism in a pandemic: Covering COVID-19 now and in the future”, organized in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas, with support from the Knight Foundation and the UNDP.

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