Somalia: Training of Security Forces on Safety of Journalists and Freedom of Expression

When, local time: 
Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 8:30am to Saturday, 30 January 2016 - 4:00pm
Where: 
France
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Jaco Du toit, Advisor Communication and Information, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa (Tel: +254 (0)20 762 2346/2566, Email: j.dutoit@unesco.org)

UNESCO in cooperation with United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) is organising a 3-day training of security forces on safety of journalists and freedom of expression in Mogadishu, Somalia. Based on UNESCO’s Training Manual on Freedom of Expression and Public Order, this event aims at enhancing the safety of media practitioners and combating impunity surrounding crimes committed against them. Participants will be drawn from Somalia Security Forces, and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB).
This training is as a direct follow-up to the implementation of priority 3: Opening lines of dialogue and agreement between media, government and key state institutions with a common strategy to deal with the media. This initiative is part of a wider effort to implement the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, spearheaded by UNESCO and endorsed by the UN Chief Executives Board on 12 April 2012, which aims to coordinate the efforts of various actors in this area. It falls within UNESCO’s framework of promoting an enabling environment for freedom of expression, press freedom and journalistic safety, facilitating pluralism and participation in media, and supporting sustainable and independent media institutions.