UNESCO launches a national dialogue on freedom of expression and safety of journalists in Morocco

Within the framework of the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, UNESCO’s Office in Rabat in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the association ADALA (justice) launches a series of meetings between judges, lawyers and journalists in Morocco entitled “National dialogue on freedom of expression and safety of journalists”.

The series of meetings aims at creating a space for an open dialogue between stakeholders on the issue of freedom of expression and the means to enhance the judiciary safety of journalists. In particular the dialogue will help to create a common and shared understating of the notion of freedom of expression, to foster sharing of experiences and good legal practices to promote freedom of expression, and to develop an advocacy strategy to protect journalists and fight against impunity of crimes against journalists.

The first meeting will be held in Rabat on 18 and 19 February and will introduce the notion of freedom of expression. It will then be followed by the analysis of the draft Moroccan press code and its impacts for the safety of journalists.

This activity is made possible thanks to the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.