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UNESCO and partners are planning celebrations in:

Title: Strengthening partnership amongst journalists, government and international community to consolidate safety measures for journalists and media/ peace process and media situation therein.

Dates: 3 November 2019

Place: The Government Media & Information Center (GMIC), Kabul ; 7 provincial venues in Herat, Balkh, Nang Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Kundoz, Ghazni, and Khost Provinces

Description: The one-day summit, organized by the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) in collaboration with UNAMA and UNESCO will aim at identifying practical ways to enhance partnership amongst media community, government and international community to consolidate safety measures for journalists and media; discuss the situation of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Media during Peace Talks with Taliban; and analyze the state of impunity of crimes against journalists and ways to alleviate it.

Contacts: Doreen Gunne Wudu Loboka (Email: dg.loboka@unesco.org)

Title: Forum on Freedom of Expression and Strenghtening the Safety of Journalists

Dates: 1 November 2019

Place: International School for Security Forces, Awaé, Cameroon

Description: The event will open with speeches from the national authorities, the reading of the Director General's message and the presentation of the 2018 DG's Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity; followed by a panel discussion with representatives of each stakholder group (press, security forces, members of the judiciary, academia).

Contacts: Jean Roland Onana Nkoa (Email: jr.onana-nkoa@unesco.org)

Title: "Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon Grant" 2019 ceremony in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Dates: 2 November 2019

Place: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Description: France Media Monde and Reporter Without Borders will organize this year its sixth edition of the "Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon Grant" in honor of the two journalists who were assassinated on 2 November 2013 at Kidal, in Northern Mali. Each year, this grant is awarded to a young radio journalist and a young reporting engineer for their work, and provides them with a one-month training in Paris. http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20190902-appel-candidatures-bourse...

Contacts: Elsa Schifano, elsa.schifano@francemm.com

Title: Regional Roundtable on the Safety of Female Journalists and Self-Censorship

Dates: 28 November 2019

Place: Office of UNESCO, San Jose, Costa Rica

With whom (participants, relevant stakeholders): Shelter City Programme

Contacts: Jamion Knight (Email: j.knight@unesco.org)

Title: Regional Roundtable on the Safety of Journalists and Journalism Education

Dates: 8 November 2019

Place: Virtual

With whom (participants, relevant stakeholders etc.): Universidad Don Bosco de El Salvador, Universidad de El Salvador, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH)

Contacts: Jamion Knight (Email: j.knight@unesco.org)

Title: Ghana Journalists Association is commemorating IDEI

Dates: 4 November 2019

Place: Ghana International Press Centre, Accra

Description: Ghana has a vibrant press freedom environment but recently an investigative journalist was assassinated because of his work in exposing corruption in Ghana Football Association. There has been an upsurge of crimes against journalists reported by the Media Foundation for West Africa. The event will examine the state of the safety of journalists in the country.

Contacts: Abdul Hamid Yakub (Email: ah.yakub@unesco.org)

Title: "Prize Yaguine and Fode"

Dates: 4 November 2019

Place: Maison de la Presse de Conakry, Abattoir de coleah, Conakry, Guinea

Description: Organized by the Association of Women Journalists of Guinea, this prize recognizes the best media productions on the theme of migration.

Contacts: Kadiatou Sow (Email: k.sow@unesco.org)

Title: Celebration in Rome of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2019

Dates: 25 October 2019

Place: Italian Senate, Palazzo Madama, Piazza Madama, 00186 Roma (Italy)

Description: For the official celebration in Rome of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Ossigeno will organise a public conference held in a prestigious hall of the Italian Senate, with representatives from inter-governmental organizations, public institutions at the national and international level, NGOs, media organisations, academia. The conference will be an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom as milestone of democracy, assess the state of press freedom in Italy with a look at the international level; defend the media from attacks on their independence and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The conference will discuss the recent developments and pressing challenges related to press freedom and the safety of journalists.

Contacts: Alberto Spampinato, president of Ossigeno per l’Informazione; email: direzioneossigeno@gmail.com; tel.: +393357164282

Title: On ending impunity in Iraq, challenges and ambition in light of safety of journalists mechanism

Dates: 4 November 2019

Place: Baghdad-Communication and Media commission

Description: The roundtable will bring together the senior staff from security forces, local Media development NGOs, media outlets and the national committee of journalists safety of Iraq. They will discuss the violence faced by journalists at 1-10 October’s events and why the criminals are free right now! When ? How ? the authorities will end impunity? This is the main question for the roundtable. In the same time the roundtable will cover the high level of impunity for the whole unsolved cases of killed journalists since 2004, more than 498 confirmed cases by the IJS and CMC. At the end of the roundtable the participants will address media community message to Prime Minister to sign the decree of the safety of journalists mechanism which is waiting in his office since 15 April 2019.

Contacts: Dhea Subhee (Email: d.subhee@unesco.org)

Title: Day of Afghan Youth in Kazakhstan: Journalism in Afghanistan

Dates: 18 October 2019

Place: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Description: On October 18, 2019, UNESCO Almaty supported the day of Afghan Youth, organized by Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, as well as a memorial evening dedicated to Said Samim Faramarzu, a graduate of the faculty of pre-university education in 2011 and the faculty of Journalism in 2015. Said Samim Faramarz, a student at KazNU al-Farabi in 2011-2015, an activist of the UN Model New Silk Road program, a talented journalist and correspondent for TOLOnews (TBC), died on September 5, 2018 in Kabul in the line of duty together with his colleague Razim Ahmadi due to explosion. Read more

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Title: Almaty: Training on Fostering the Relationship Between Security Forces and Journalists

Dates: 9 December 2019

Place: Conference hall, UN House in Almaty, 303, Baizakov str., 050040, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Description: UNESCO Almaty jointly with UNODC and Kazakhstani Media Alliance are organizing training workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 30 participants from law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, journalists from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as the International IT University, the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communications of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University are going to learn how to improve the relationship between security forces and journalists; how security forces play a vital role in protecting and ensuring an environment conducive to freedom of expression, access to information and other fundamental freedoms. The training is consistent with the goals and priorities defined in the UN Action Plan for the Safety of Journalists and the issue of impunity.

Contacts: Krista Pikkat (Email: k.pikkat@unesco.org)

Title: Almaty: Training on Fostering the Relationship Between Security Forces and Journalists

Dates: 9 December 2019

Place: Conference hall, UN House in Almaty, 303, Baizakov str., 050040, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Description: UNESCO Almaty jointly with UNODC and Kazakhstani Media Alliance are organizing training workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 30 participants from law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, journalists from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as the International IT University, the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communications of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University are going to learn how to improve the relationship between security forces and journalists; how security forces play a vital role in protecting and ensuring an environment conducive to freedom of expression, access to information and other fundamental freedoms. The training is consistent with the goals and priorities defined in the UN Action Plan for the Safety of Journalists and the issue of impunity.

Contacts: Krista Pikkat (Email: k.pikkat@unesco.org)

Title: International seminar "Strengthening regional cooperation to end impunity for crimes and attacks against journalists in Latin America"

Dates: 7 November 2019

Place: National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Description: For the official celebration in Rome of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Ossigeno will organise a public conference held in a prestigious hall of the Italian Senate, with representatives from inter-governmental organizations, public institutions at the national and international level, NGOs, media organisations, academia. The conference will be an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom as milestone of democracy, assess the state of press freedom in Italy with a look at the international level; defend the media from attacks on their independence and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The conference will discuss the recent developments and pressing challenges related to press freedom and the safety of journalists.

Contacts: Guilherme Canela de Souza Godoi (Email: g.godoi@unesco.org); Gabriela Velázquez Álvarez (Email: g.velazquez-alvarez@unesco.org); Mehdi Benchelah (Email: m.benchelah@unesco.org)

Title: OSCE Mission to Montenegro marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

Dates: 30 October 2019

Place: Cetinje, Montenegro

Description: To mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (2 November), the OSCE Mission to Montenegro delivered the final package of vests and jackets with the “PRESS” insignia to the local public broadcaster in Cetinje on 30 October. Three-hundred vests, ensuring additional visibility while reporting on live events, were distributed to 13 commercial and public service media houses throughout Montenegro over the last 2 years. The Mission also launched a public awareness campaign on the importance of the safety of journalists and their right to work without fear and under safe conditions. A one-minute video will be broadcast on national television in Montenegro for several days.

Title: Keeping Safe on the Journey

Dates: 7 November 2019

Place: Rockview Royal Hotel, Abuja

Description: One-day interactive symposium. The event will shed a spotlight on how should journalists and media professionals approach a complicated and diverse issue such as migration. The ethical and professional challenges journalists face as they report on the flow of refugees and migrants from Africa to Europe and its impact. A candlelight for the deceased journalists will also be held.

Contacts: Olushola Macaulay (Email: o.macaulay@unesco.org)

Title: Screening of the documentary "The City of Ghosts", Human Rights Film Festival

Dates: 5 December 2019

Place: Bahria University Islamabad (TBC)

Description: A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists/citizen journalists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. See trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBeqGcMaC-A . The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on safety of journalists and the importance of media.

Contacts: Maliah Shah (Email: ma.shah@unesco.org)

Title: Launching the National Mechanism for Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity

Dates: 3 November 2019

Place: Grand Park Hotel, Ramallah

Description: The mechanism will be launched under the patronage of Prime Minister, Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh. The participants will be the member of the mechanism, these include: - Government working group: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of justice, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Interior and the Prime Minister Office.
- CSOs: Al-Haq, Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), Mezan Center for Human Rights, Palestinian Center for Human Rights and Palestinian Journalists Syndicate.
- Journalists to cover the event.
- UNESCO partners from UN bodies and international organizations.

Contacts: Hala Tannous (Email: h.tannous@unesco.org) ; Riham Abu Aita (Email: r.abuaita@unesco.org)

Title: Regional workshop of Supreme Courts' Judges in West Africa on the safety of journalists

Dates: 24-25 September 2019

Place: King Fahd Hotel, Route des Almadies, Dakar, Senegal

Description: UNESCO's Multisectoral Regional Office for West Africa-Sahel and the Supreme Court of Senegal organized a regional workshop to strengthen the capacity of Supreme Court Judges on international and African standards for freedom of expression and the safety of journalists. These two-day workshop featured intense discussions between participants from several ECOWAS countries, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and some civil society organizations, including ARTICLE19, on the issue of freedom of expression and the safety of journalists. This workshop was an opportunity to exchange and popularize case law on freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.

Contacts: Michel Kenmoe, (Email: me.kenmoe@unesco.org)

Title: South Sudan Media Freedom Symposium, “Building Trust in Media and Countering Disinformation”

Dates: TBC

Place: Juba, South Sudan

Description: Participants will be drawn from various relevant line ministries and arms of government (like the Ministry of Information, the Media Authority, Parliament, the judiciary, the police, Human Rights Commission), academia, journalists, CSOs, a media associations etc. The conference will be made up of presentations/panel discussions by experts on issues related to impunity especially targeted at journalists, issues of journalists safety and protection, a review of the state of media and freedom of expression in South Sudan etc.

Contacts:

Title: Seminar on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists for Judges in Africa

Dates: 28-29 October 2019

Place: Speke Resort and Conference Centre, Wavamunno Road, P. O. Box 446, Kampala, Uganda

Description: A two-day regional seminar will be held in Kampala, Uganda from 28 – 29 October 2019, prior to the 4th African Union Judicial Dialogue which will gather judges and actors from African judiciaries and the AU from 30 October to 1 November 2019. The seminar is co-organized by UNESCO and GIZ, and in partnership with the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, on the occasion of the 2019 edition of the International Day to End Impunity for crimes against journalists (IDEI), taking place every year on 2 November. It will aim at fostering freedom of expression, public access to information and safety of journalists in Africa by reinforcing the capacities and knowledge of judges and other actors of judicial systems on international norms and existing jurisprudence on the continent. The event will also help to foster exchange and relations between the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court) and the regional courts in Africa - ECOWAS Court of Justice and the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) - on these issues.

Contacts: Karin Pluberg (email: karin.pluberg@giz.de) from GIZ ; John Bosco Mayiga (Email: jb.mayiga@unesco.org); Mehdi Benchelah (Email: m.benchelah@unesco.org)

Title: International Journalism week 2019 - "Seen and Unseen Barriers to Media Freedom"

Dates: 14 November 2019

Place: University of Sheffield, 9 Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 4DT, United Kingdom

Description: International Journalism Week (IJW) provides journalism students with a wide range of expertise and insights from frontline journalists and acknowledged experts concerning seen and unseen threats to free, independent journalism today. All events are open to University of Sheffield staff, undergraduate and postgraduate Journalism Studies students, and invited guests. IJW 2019 will address core issues for journalists related to impunity and a lack of access to impartial justice. Sessions include (on 11 November) the lecture ‘Guarding the Guardians: The UN’s Evolving Approach to Protecting Journalists’ by Sejal Parmar, assistant professor of law at Central European University; a film screening (on 13th) of ‘Under The Wire’, documenting the fateful 2012 mission of Paul Conroy and Marie Colvin to report on the plight of civilians trapped in the city of Homs under siege from the Syrian army; and a Panel organised by Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) on ‘Seen and Unseen Barriers to Media Freedom’ (on 14th), which will explore the practical limitations to reporting and the dangers of impunity in three contemporary environments – with presentations by Maria Ordzhonikidze of Justice for Journalists (Russia), Dr Sanae Fujita of Essex University’s Human Rights Centre (Japan) and Jon Silverman, Professor of Media and Criminal Justice at University of Bedfordshire (West Africa).

Contacts: Professor Jackie Harrison (Email: j.harrison@sheffield.ac.uk) ; William Horsley (Email: wh@williamhorsley.com)

Title: Workshop for the Operationalization of the National Mechanism for Monitoring and Reporting on Safety of Journalists in Tanzania

Dates: 4-8 November 2019

Place: Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania

Description: The commemoration of IDEI 2019 in the United Republic of Tanzania will be officiated by the Minister of Information, Culture Arts and Sports, Hon. Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, under the theme Keep Truth Alive. The commemoration will see the establishment of a joint working group for monitoring and reporting on safety of journalists in Tanzania. Importantly, a free and open source, locally developed application and dashboard for monitoring and reporting on safety of journalists will also be launched. The training and awareness raising workshop to follow will as well bring together stakeholders in a national consultation to sensitize them on issues around impunity and their impact on democracy and create a widely endorsed road map on developing a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the safety of journalists.

Participating in this meeting, will be, the UNESCO Head of Office and Representative, Tirso Dos Santos and Hon. Mrisho Gambo, the Arusha Regional Commissioner. Other participants include the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, the Directorate of Information Services (MAELEZO), Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG), Tanzania Police Force, Tanzania Editors Forum, Media Council of Tanzania (MCT), MISA Tanzania, Tanzania Media Women’s Association, Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation and Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation (public broadcasters for mainland and Zanzibar), Community Media Network of Tanzania, Uhuru Media Group, Mwananchi Communications (private media), Millard Ayo Media (leading online media agency), Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) and regional information officers.

Title: "Dessiner pour ne pas tirer un trait" (Draw so as not to write them off)

Dates: 28 October to 8 November 2019

Place: UN Headquarters, New York

Description: The work of 17 international press cartoonists will compose the exhibition, to honor the memories of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon. The two French journalists from Radio France Internationale were murdered in Mali on 2 November 2013.

Contacts: Ricardo de Guimaraes Pinto (Email: r.de-guimaraes@unesco.org)

Title: IDEI Zimbabwe 2019 Commemorations

Dates: 1st November 2019, 8.30am-1 pm

Place: UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe

Description: Zimbabwe will join the rest of the world to commemorate the 2019 IDEI under the theme, Journalists Security: For Free, Open and Informed Societies. The event will be a half-day stakeholder engagement meeting wherein the issue of crimes against journalists with impunity will be addressed. The meeting will bring together The Ministry of Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, The Zimbabwe Republic Police, Civil Society Organisations, Zimbabwe Media Commission, the UN System, media stakeholders and organisations that work with journalists.

Contacts: Mrs Ingrid Tagwireyi, CI (Email: i.tagwireyi@unesco.org)