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Media leaders conference on Safety of journalists

Monday 21 December 2015, by SIGNIS

Brussels, Dhaka, Paris, December 21st, 2015 (BNNRC/SIGNIS). UNESCO is going to organise an International Conference entitled “News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals”, which will be held, at Unesco’s Headquarters on Friday, 5 February, 2016.

The event, supported by Unesco’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), aims to provide news organizations with a platform to discuss existing and new measures aimed to strengthen journalists’ safety worldwide and engage with Member States on these issues.

Speakers in the two high-level sessions will include media leaders from around the world and Christiane Amanpour, Unesco’s Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety.

The conference is an opportunity for participants to: Brainstorm innovative solutions aimed to strengthen the safety of journalists for both national and international media; Share good practices aimed to enhance the safety of journalists; Discuss the safety of freelance journalists and social media users who produce journalism; Engage with initiatives to strengthen the safety of freelancers and bloggers; Explore ways to strengthen cooperation between news organizations and UN agencies within the framework of the UN Plan, respecting the roles and autonomy of all actors and many more.

There also will be contributions from the Permanent Delegates of Member States to Unesco. In parallel, three interactive round tables will be held, to discuss good newsroom practices, the safety of freelancers, community media and the raising of public awareness.

The conference is being organized in partnership with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the International Press Institute (IPI) and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).

It is being supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Australia, Austria, Latvia, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

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