11.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Colloquium on the Protection of Media Professionals takes place in Rio, 15 October

On Tuesday, October 15, starting at 3p.m., in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), it takes place a Colloquium on national and international legal actions for the protection of communication workers.

The event has the objective of discussing the safety of these professional and the combat of impunity when they suffer any kind of violence. It will count on the presence of the Minister of the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, Maria do Rosário, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Frank La Rue.

Considering that communication workers are key-actors for democracy and that violence against them and the impunity related to these crimes weaken democracy and generate negative impacts on the development processes, UN approved the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity in 12 April 2012. 

This Plan of Action and its implementation strategy emerged from the proposal of UNESCO and were prepared in collaboration with various agencies of the United Nations System, governments, communication professionals, private media entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations, and experts in the area. They present goals and concrete results and suggest the elaboration of National Plans and local implementation strategies.

In Brazil, on 18 October 2012, the Conselho de Defesa dos Direitos da Pessoa Humana (CDDPH) adopted the Resolution n. 7, which created the Working Group on Human Rights of Communication Professionals in Brazil. This Group, with a pluralist composition, aims at analysing the actual scenario on the theme and proposing actions that enable the violence prevention against workers and also combat impunity. The UN Action Plan has already been presented to the Working Group and it will be discussed by its members.

The Colloquium on national and international legal actions for the protection of communication workers, organized by the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic (SDH), UNESCO, and the United Nations Information Centre for Brazil (UNIC Rio), with cooperation of Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (ABRAJI), and PUC-RJ, will discuss this and other related themes that interest all communication professionals.

AGENDA

Open Ceremony: Maria do Rosário, Minister of the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic; Lucien André Muñoz, Director of UNESCO Office in Brazil; Giancarlo Summa, Director of UNIC Rio; Priest Josafá Siqueira S.J., Rector of PUC-RJ; and Marcelo Moreira, President of ABRAJI.

International and National Challenges and Opportunities on the Safety of Communication Professionals and the Combat against Impunity: Tarciso dal Maso Jardim, President of the Working Group on Human Rights of Communication Professionals in Brazil; Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information; and Guilherme Canela, UNESCO Regional Adviser on Communication and Information for Mercosur and Chile.

Discussion: Safety Journalists’ Indicators, preventive actions and end of impunity.


SERVICE


Colloquium on National and International Legal Actions for Protection of Communication Professionals
15 October 2013, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
PUC-RJ – Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225, Gávea – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Auditorium RDC – Space C1
FREE ADMISSION

More information:

United Nations Information Centre for Brazil (UNIC Rio)
Valéria Schilling e Gustavo Barreto, (+55 21) 2253-2211 e (+55 21) 8202-0171 | (+55 21) 8185-0582, valeria.schilling(at)unic.org | gustavo.barreto(at)unic.org

UNESCO Office in Brazil
Ana Lúcia Guimarães, (+55 61) 2106-3536, (+55 61) 9966-3287, a.guimaraes(at)unesco.org




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