Palestine: National consultation on Model Course on the Safety of Journalists
The UNESCO Ramallah Office, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, is organizing a national consultation to present a Model Course on the Safety of Journalists developed by UNESCO in partnership with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and to discuss its adoption/adaptation by universities teaching Media Studies in Palestine. The Model Course on the Safety of Journalists is specifically designed for journalists in the Arab region and was developed in 2015-2016 through a series of regional consultations attended by university representatives and media experts from throughout the Arab region, including Palestine.
The purpose of this national consultation, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the European Union, is to seek the commitment of Palestinian universities to integrate a standard course on the safety of journalists within their journalism education curricula, tailored to the needs and conditions of Palestinian students, and associating policy makers, media institutions, civil society as well as journalists themselves in fostering a safer environment for future journalists, in line with the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. A similar approach is being used throughout the Arab region to further strengthen the role that universities and media faculties play in building the capacities of journalists to protect themselves against violations and understand both their rights and responsibilities.