UNESCO Launches Report on World Trends in Freedom of Expression, Media Development

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Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a report on World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development that examines the risks to the safety of journalists covering protests over the last five years, beginning from  January 1, 2015, through June 30, 2020

The report identifies 125 instances of attacks on or arrests of journalists covering protests in 65 countries in which over 10 journalists were killed while reporting on protests since 2015.

The report provides a list of recommendations for States, multilateral bodies and civil society groups to curb attacks on the press and to help ensure the free flow of news and information.

UNESCO is raising awareness about this issue among its partners, including the Global Media Defence Fund grant recipients, and they wish to be supported by sharing the report among networks; writing articles about the issue in blogs, journals and other specialized outlets and sharing the video clip, https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GOFBGO0MFDiEAQZUOtgyY8bnkpkrDfel – available in 6 languages- on social media networks.

Titled “Safety of journalists covering protests: preserving freedom of the press during times of turmoil”, the report is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese; the English version can be downloaded from https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000374206?posInSet=1&queryId=44dcc9b0-7835-4641-b41d-49553b353b64.