United Nations launch of the UNESCO Report "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development"


"World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development" offers a new look at recent evolutions in media freedom, independence, pluralism and journalist safety. The overarching trend observed throughout is one of disruption brought on by technology and to a lesser extent the global economic crisis, with mixed results for freedom of expression and media development. The publication comes at a critical moment for press freedom amid unprecedented opportunities for expression of new voices as well as new forms of restriction, surveillance and control.

Opening Remarks:

- Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General
- H.E. Mr Mårten Grunditz, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations

Keynote address:

- Lee C. Bollinger, President Columbia University

Panel Discussion:

- Moderated by Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
- Karin Karlekar, Project director of Freedom of the Press, Freedom House
- Veni Markovski, Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
- Raza Rumi, Writer and public policy specialist, Pakistan

The event will be streamed live at webtv.un.org and tweeted with the hashtags #mediatrends and #pressfreedom.


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 09.07.2014 15:00 local time
End 09.07.2014 16:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Bilello, Suzanne
Organizer UNESCO and the Government of Sweden
Contact Suzanne Bilello (Email: bilello@un.org, Tel.: +1 (212) 963-4386)
Country United States of America
City New York
Venue UN Headquarters
Street Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 Official website with the global report and regional overviews available for free download
Link 2 Link for live webcast
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