21.07.2014 - Communication & Information Sector

UNESCO shares its work with global communications scholars

© UNESCO - UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development Guy Berger invites academic researchers to contribute to the Internet-Issues study.

Five separate events showcased UNESCO activities at the annual conference of the International Association for Mass Communication Research (IAMCR) held in Hyderabad, India, 16-19 July.

Expert panels accompanied the launch of the e-publication “Media and Gender: A Scholarly Agenda for the Global Alliance on Media and Gender”, and the regional launch of the World Trends on Freedom of Expression and Media Development.

Speakers included the researchers Carolyn Byerly, Ammu Joseph, Aimée Vega Montiel, Claudia Padovani, Daya Thussu, Herman Wasserman and Julie Reid, amongst others.

An additional special event was devoted to IAMCR’s contribution to the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Media and Gender.

Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO, also led a session encouraging participation by the academic community in the Internet-issues study.  A panel of experts provided initial comments to specific questions in the list of 30 questions which the study seeks to answer.

They included reknown researchers such as Robin Mansell, Carlos Affonsa de Souza, Sunil Abrahim, Stefania Milan and Anita Gurumurthy.
Berger also contributed to another session on the ecology of Internet governance, explaining UNESCO’s draft concept of Internet Universality which has informed the Internet-issues study.

IAMCR has consultative status with UNESCO.

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