Training of security forces on freedom of expression and safety of journalists

When, local time: 
Monday, 13 June 2016 - 8:30am to Saturday, 18 June 2016 - 5:00pm
Where: 
Mali, Bamako
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Sasha Rubel Diamanka, Regional Advisor for Communication and Information (s.rubel@unesco.org); Clarisse Njikam, Chargée de Communication, Bureau de l’UNESCO, Bamako (pc.njikam@unesco.org)

The objective of this training is to raise awareness among members of the security forces regarding their duties and obligations in relation to freedom of expression, press freedom and the safety of journalists.
The training aims to provide security forces with both theoretical and practical tools to carry out their mission which is to maintain public order while respecting human rights, freedom of expression and the security of journalists. It elaborates on international standards on freedom of expression and the conditions in which this fundamental freedom can be restricted. It also highlights the important role of journalists in a democratic society and why safety of journalists has become a priority for organizations promoting freedom of expression.

The objective of this programme is to raise awareness among members of security forces regarding their duties and obligations in relation to freedom of expression, press freedom and the safety of journalists. It illustrates how their mission of maintaining public order is not incompatible with respect for freedom of expression and the work of journalists, and how, instead, that mission is often essential for their full realization. This training helps security forces understand better the importance of freedom of expression and the central role that this right plays in democracy. It also highlights the specific role played by the press in a democracy, ensuring that members of the public are informed and can exercise their rights as citizens. By promoting professional relationships between security forces and journalists and raising awareness on the importance of ending impunity for crimes against journalists, the project also contributes to the reinforcement of the rule of law for all citizens.