17.07.2012 - Communication & Information Sector

Consultative process begins for UNESCO Plan on the Safety of Journalists and Combating Impunity

Mehria Azizi filming a women's bakery in Kabul © Farzana Wahidy/AINAphoto

UNESCO is in the process of drafting the UNESCO Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Combating Impunity and invites relevant stakeholders to provide their comments and suggestions at least by 31 August 2012, following the Decision on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of impunity endorsed by the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) Council at its 28th session on 22-23 March 2012.

The objective of the UNESCO Plan on Safety of Journalists and Combating Impunity is to further improve the Organization’s work in the protection and promotion of safety of journalist and fighting impunity of perpetrators of crimes against journalists, particularly within the following five areas:

  • Cooperation with Member States;
  • Working within the UN System;
  • Partnership with other organizations and institutions;
  • Raising awareness in cooperation with all stakeholders;
  • Prevention of attacks against journalists.

The dual issues of safety of journalists and impunity are urgent and require concerted efforts from all parties. The statistics are troubling. Over the last decade,  more than 500 journalists and media workers have been murdered. As of May of 2012, the Director-General has condemned 52 killings of journalists. The vast majority of these crimes are never investigated and the perpetrators never brought to justice.

The UNESCO Plan on Safety of Journalists and Combating Impunity is part of UNESCO’s long-standing commitment to the promotion of safety of journalists and media worker and the issue of impunity as the United Nations specialized agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom.  It is drafted with special reference to the UN Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which was fully endorsed by the UN Chief Executive Board on 12 April 2012.

Click here to view the draft UNESCO Plan on Safety of Journalists and Combating Impunity.

How to submit your comments and suggestions

The relevant stakeholders are invited to send their comments and suggestions at least by 31 August 2012 by post or by email to:

Sylvie Coudray
Chief of Section for Freedom of Expression
Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development
Communication and Information Sector
UNESCO
1, rue Miollis
75732 Paris cedex 15
France
E-mail: s.coudray(at)unesco.org




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