Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development (FEM)

The Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development (FEM) implements activities that promote the free flow of information.

The main tasks include sensitizing governments, public institutions and civil society on freedom of expression and freedom of the press, including through the celebration of World Press Freedom Day. Notably, the Division assists UNESCO’s Member States in developing standards and legal instruments for press freedom and freedom of information in accordance with internationally recognized standards, and monitors the state of the safety of journalists, including impunity as regards violence against journalists.

The Division is also responsible for mobilizing international support for the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and, in this context, for assisting UNESCO’s Member States in the development of free, independent and pluralistic media, in line with the Media Development Indicators (MDI).

It is responsible for setting standards for journalism education and for supporting the role of media in fostering inclusive dialogue, especially in conflict-sensitive situations.

Moreover, the Division works in fostering media pluralism, particularly by promoting community media and fostering media and information literacy. 

Sections

The Division is composed of three sections:

List of all staff

(In alphabetical order)

    • Fackson Banda
    • Programme Specialist
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: f.banda(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 42 02
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 85
    • Celia Belaoud
    • Project Assistant
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: c.belaoud(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 42 65
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 85
    • Guy Berger
    • Director, Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development (CI/FEM)
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: g.berger(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 42 03
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 79
    • Sylvie Coudray
    • Chief of Section
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: s.coudray(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 42 12
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 84
    • Venus Easwaran Jennings
    • Programme Specialist
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: v.jennings(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 38 11
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 85
    • Alton Grizzle
    • Programme Specialist
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: a.grizzle(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 42 11
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 85
    • Caroline Hammarberg
    • Associate Expert
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: c.hammarberg(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 11 33
    • Xianhong Hu
    • Programme Specialist
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: x.hu(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 40 33
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 84
    • Polina Kovaleva
    • Consultant
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: p.kovaleva(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 43 29
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 85
    • Ming Kuok Lim
    • Programme Specialist
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: mk.lim(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 35 67
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 84
    • Mirta Lourenço
    • Chief of Section
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: m.lourenco(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 42 28
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 79
    • Marius Lukosiunas
    • Programme Specialist
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: m.lukosiunas(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 04 08
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 84
    • Saorla McCabe
    • Assistant Programme Specialist
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: s.mccabe(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 42 62
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 85
    • Jonathas Mello
    • Consultant
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: j.mello(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 42 42
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 85
    • Valeria Nadal
    • Assistant to Chief of Section
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: v.nadal(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 42 13
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 85
    • Valéri Nikolski
    • Programme Specialist
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: v.nikolski(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 42 68
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 79
    • George Papagiannis
    • Programme specialist, External Relations & Information Officer in UNESCO New York Liaison Office
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: g.papagiannis(at)unesco.org
    • Rachel Pollack
    • Consultant
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: r.pollack(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 38 64
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 84
    • Flavie Romer
    • Programme Assistant
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: f.romer(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 44 91
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 85
    • Rosario Soraide
    • Assistant Project Officer
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: r.soraide(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 37 10
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 84
    • Tarja Turtia
    • Programme Specialist
    • Communication and Information Sector (CI)
    • Mail: t.turtia(at)unesco.org
    • Tel: 33-1 45 68 42 17
    • Fax: 33-1 45 68 55 84
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