News Decoder partners with UNESCO to promote press freedom

The number of journalists murdered in retaliation for their work more than doubled in 2020, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The number of journalists jailed around the world for their work hit a record high last year as governments cracked down on COVID-19 coverage or attempted to suppress reporting on political unrest.

News Decoder, in association with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is organizing a global roundtable to highlight the growing threats to the safety of journalists, which compromise the right of the public namely – a keystone of democracy.

Open to the public, the webinar honoring World Press Freedom Day will feature two guest experts with extensive experience advocating for journalists’ right to report safely: Robert Mahoney, Deputy Executive Director of the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, and Elaine Monaghan, professor of practice at Indiana University’s School of Media.

News Decoder, UNESCO together promote press freedom.

Students from News Decoder partner schools will participate on camera in the webinar, which will be promoted by UNESCO as part of its activities celebrating the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Windhoek Declaration on Freedom of the Press. This year’s theme is “Information as a Public Good”.

Signed on May 3, 1991, the Windhoek Declaration was a declaration of press freedom principles by African journalists and the first in a series of similar declarations around the world affirming the global community’s commitment to the freedom of press.

The News Decoder webinar is part of a global conference organized by UNESCO and Namibia celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration.

“The Conference will call for urgent attention to the threat of extinction facing local media around the world, a crisis compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic,” UNESCO said. “He will offer ideas to address the challenges of our online media environment, push for more transparency of internet companies, strengthen the safety of journalists and improve their working conditions.”

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