World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

Across the world, journalism is under fire. While more individuals have access to content than ever before, the combiantion of political polarization and technological change have facilitated the rapid spread of hate speech, mysogyny and unverified 'fake news', often leading to disproportionate restrictions on freedom of expression. In an ever-growing number of countries, journalists face physical and verbal attacks that threaten their ability to report news and information to the public.

In the face of such challenges, this new volume in the World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development series offers a critical analysis of new trends in media freedom, pluralism, independence and the safety of journalists. With a special focus on gender equality in the media, the report provides a global perspective that serves as an essential resource for UNESCO Member States, international organizations, civil society groups, academia and individuals seeking to understand the changing global media landscape.


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The full report will be available in December 2017, alongside the Internet Governance Forum


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Presentation of World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development:
Global Report 2017/2018

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, 6 November 2017
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris
This event, held alongside the CI Commission of the General Conference, featured a presentation of the main findings of the Report and a panel of experts to provide unique insight into specific trends. The session aimed to highlight the Report’s findings to Member States as part of UNESCO’s continued efforts to promote and defend freedom of expression.
Opening Remarks:
Ms Alice Bah Kuhnke,Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy
Mr Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary-General of the European Action Service
Mr Frank La Rue, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information
Presentation of Key Findings:
Mr Guy Berger, Director of UNESCO's Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development
Panel Discussion:
Moderator: ​Ms Chadia Khedhir, Editor-in-chief of cultural news, Watania2
​Mr Marius Dragomir, Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society, Central European University
Ms Zoe Titus, Strategic Coordinator, Namibia Media Trust
Mr Carlos Lauria, Head of Free and Safe Journalism, Open Society Foundation
Closing Remarks:
Ms Sylvie Coudray, Chief of Section of UNESCO's Division of Freedom of Expression





This publication was supported by Sweden.