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Academic Conference on the Safety of Journalists

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Date: Thursday 29 April 2021

Place: Windhoek, Namibia / online

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Programme of the Academic Conference


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The sixth edition of the Academic Conference on the Safety of Journalists, jointly organised by the University of Namibia, UNESCO and the Government of Namibia, will take place on 29 April, as part of the global celebration of the 2021 World Press Freedom Day.

The Academic Conference is an integral part of the World Press Freedom Conference and has been organized since 2016 to bring together researchers from different disciplines working on issues related to the safety of journalists. It aims to inspire more research on the topic and to offer the possibility for researchers to connect with decision-makers and media practitioners.

At the Academic Conference, researchers come together to exchange knowledge on the safety of journalists, to strengthen the field of research and ultimately, contribute to safer environments for journalists. According to UNESCO research, nearly 900 journalists were killed during the past decade. Journalists throughout the world face safety threats, online and offline, diverse types of attacks, and in the worst cases, killings. Attacks against journalists hamper freedom and expression and of the press and require urgent and concerted actions to tackle the issue. 

The event aims at bridging the gap between academic research, the experience of journalists on the ground and policy makers, in order to support joint efforts to protect journalists and journalism. The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2021 is “Information as a Public Good - 30 years of the Windhoek Declaration”. 

This year, the event will take place in Windhoek and be broadcast online globally. Join us as academics from around the world present and discuss their ground-breaking research on the topic of safety of journalists. Register now.

The Academic Conference on Safety of Journalists is an integral element of the World Press Freedom Conference, please find FAQ regarding the conference here