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Key Findings from the UNESCO DG 2016 Report on Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity to be released on 2 November

On 2 November, International Day to End Impunity for crimes against journalists (IDEI), UNESCO will be releasing the key findings from the 2016 UNESCO Director-General’s Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity. The report provides an analysis of the killings of journalists condemned by the Director-General in 2014-2015, as well as over the past decade.
An advance copy of the brochure can be found here. The brochure will be available in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese. An executive summary will additionally be available in Russian and Chinese.

Media Development and Countering Violent Extremism: An Uneasy Relationship, a Need for Dialogue – Report by Courtney Radsch 

Published by CIMA-NED, this report looks at how media development practitioners are reacting to the rise of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) agenda, and its growing influence on their field. This influence is the cause of concern, not only because practitioners of CVE and media development have fundamentally different worldviews, but because the CVE agenda is seen to pose serious risks for southern media houses and the organizations that support them. Still, these risks are unlikely to be addressed without coordinated efforts from both sides. However uneasy the relationship, a dialogue between CVE and media development is needed.


Press Freedom Groups Launch Video Campaign Calling for an End to Attacks against Journalists in Yemen

“No to Impunity” is the key message that several international press freedom groups and Yemeni journalists share on 2 November, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
The video features testimonies from a dozen Yemeni journalists who are either still working in the country or have had to flee for security reasons. It is aimed at raising awareness among the public in Yemen and at the international level about the issue of safety of journalists in the country where human rights abuses, particularly violations against the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press, have been on the rise since the outbreak of the conflict in early 2015.


Strengthening Judiciary Systems and African Courts to protect Safety of Journalists and End Impunity- by UNESCO and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The final report on the seminar “Strengthening Judiciary Systems and African Courts on Safety of Journalists and End Impunity”, co-organised by UNESCO and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 10 September in Arusha, Tanzania can be found here. The report gives an overview of the main outcomes of the seminar, which was held in preparation of the 2 November International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Ukraine: Perspectives on Decentralization

Fondation Hirondelle, a Switzerland-based GFMD member organization that supports independent news coverage in conflict situations, has recently launched a pilot website with Ukrainian journalists presenting local perspectives on decentralization from within the country.
Fondation Hirondelle has been working to develop a project in Ukraine since the end of 2014, with the idea of linking local journalists and media in a network to produce independent, reliable reports for the web, TV and radio. The goal is to stimulate dialogue between all components of Ukrainian society, especially in regions that are sometimes forgotten by Kyiv.



RightsCon Brussels: 29-31 March 2017

RightsCon 2017, the most exciting digital rights conference, takes place in Brussels coming March. This is a great opportunity to work towards achieving convergence between mediadev and digital rights.
The GFMD Secretariat has met with Access Now and we will be partnering with RightsCon to ensure that there is a Mediadev meets Digital Rights track for the conference.

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