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World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

Launches and events

UNESCO Headquarters

Brief description:
The key findings of the UNESCO World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Global Report 2017/2018 were presented alongside the Communication and Information Commission of the 39th session of the General Conference.
Date and Time:
6 November 2017
Venue:
UNESCO Headquarters
Media contact:
Oscar Castellanos, Associate Communications Officer. e-mail: o.castellanos@unesco.org

Switzerland

Brief description:
UNESCO brought together media experts and civil society organizations to discuss recent developments in freedom of expression and media development worldwide, particularly emerging digital trends, such as the rise in internet shutdowns, the impact of algorithms on diversity of content, and the production, circulation and responses to so-called ‘fake news’ (misinformation or disinformation).
Date and Time:
21 December 2017 
Venue:
Internet Governance Forum 2017, Geneva, Switzerland
Media contact:
Rachel Pollack, Associate Programme Specialist, e-mail: r.pollack@unesco.org

Palestine

Brief description:
The launch was hosted by An-Najah University in Nablus, in cooperation with Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences and the UNESCO Ramallah Office. It received high attendance, with about 300 participants, including representatives of different civil society organizations, universities and ministries as well as university students.
Date and Time:
6 February 2018 - 12:00 PM
Venue:
An-Najah University, Nablus, Palestine
Media contact:
Majd Beltaji, Public Information Officer ,UNESCO Ramallah Office. e-mail: m.beltaji@unesco.org

Pakistan

Brief description:
The event "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: A Pakistani Perspective on UNESCO Report" was co-organized by the University's Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) and by the Journalism and Media International Center (JMIC) at the Oslo Metropolitan University.
Date and Time:
27 Febrauryr 2018
Venue:
University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Media contact:
Camila Ferro, UNESCO Office in Islamabad. e-mail: c.ferro@unesco.org
Media resources:
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Uganda

Brief description:
The event was co-organised by Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, OsloMet, Norwegian National Commission of UNESCO, Makerere University and UNESCO. 
Date and Time:
14 March 2018
Venue:
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Media contact:
Lydia Gachungi, UNESCO Office in Nairobi. e-mail: l.gachungi@unesco.org

Kazakhstan

Brief description:
The event was co-organised by the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communications of the AL-Farabi Kazakh National University and UNESCO.
Date and Time:
10 April 2018
Venue:
Forum of Universities Alma-Mater of the Journalism, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Media contact:
Sergey Krapov UNESCO Office in Almaty e-mail: s.krapov@unesco.org

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Brief description:
The event was organized by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy of the University of Oxford & Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. Speakers included: Omar Al-Ghazzi, Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics; Monroe Price, Director of the Center for Global communicatiosn Studies, University of Pennsylvania; Nicole Stremlau, Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford.
Date and Time:
11 April 2018
Venue:
Manor Road Building Lecture Theatre, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Media contact:
Oscar Castellanos, Associate Communications Officer. e-mail: o.castellanos@unesco.org

South Africa

Brief description:
The event was organized by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy of the University of Oxford, under the Africa rounds of the Oxford Price Media Law Moot Court competition. Faculty and students from universities from across the continent, among them from Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania were present. 
Date and Time:
8 February 2018 
Venue:
University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Media contact:
Oscar Castellanos, Associate Communications Officer, e-mail: o.castellanos@unesco.org
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Ghana

Brief description:
World Trends Report was launched alongside the UNESCO global report on Re/shaping Cultural Policies at special session  during World Press Freedom Day 2018 International Conference in Accra, Ghana.
Date and Time:
2 May 2018 
Venue:
Kempinski Hotel. Accra, Ghana
Media contact:
Oscar Castellanos, Associate Communications Officer, e-mail: o.castellanos@unesco.org

UN Headquarters

Brief description:
UNESCO and the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) joined the 19 Member States composing the Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists at the UN Headaquartes in organizing an event that brought together the diplomatic community, academia, NGOs as well as journalist professionals and students of journalism to look into the state of Press freedom in the world. 
Date and Time:
3 May 2018 
Venue:
UN Headquarters, New York, USA
Media contact:
Ricardo de Guimaraes, Liason Officer, UNESCO Liason Office to the UN, e-mail: r.de-guimaraes@unesco.org

Thailand

Brief description:
A selected group of 18 artists, creators and communicators joined the UNESCO design workshop on Internet Universality and its associated ROAM principles from 3 to 5 May in Bangkok
Date and Time:
3-5 May 2018 
Venue:
Thailand Creative Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Media contact:
Misako Ito, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Office in Bangkok, e-mail: m.ito@unesco.org

Indonesia

Brief description:
The 2017/2018 World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Developement report, the Indonesian translation of the “Re|Shaping Cultural Policies: Advancing Creativity for Development”,  and the “Indonesian Press Freedom Index” were launched in a ceremony with the participation of the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as the Embassy of Sweden in Jakarta.
Date and Time:
8 May 2018 
Venue:
Universitas Siswa Bangsa International
Media contact:
Ming Kuok Lim, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Office in Jakarta, e-mail: mk.lim@unesco.org 

Italy

Brief description:
The Report was presented in the roundtable session: Journalism's perfect storm? Confronting rising global threats from "f*ke news" to censorship, surveillance, and the killing of journalists with impunity.
Date and Time:
13 May 2018 
Venue:
Hotel Brufani, Sala Raffaelo. Perugia, Italy
Media contact:
Oscar Castellanos, Associate Communications Officer, e-mail: o.castellanos@unesco.org 

Peru

Brief description:
The Report was presented at a special session to mark World Press Freedom Day, culminating the Orbicom conference “Communication, Public Space and Cities” which was attended by almost 900 registered participants.
Date and Time:
14 May 2018 
Venue:
Faculty of Communications at the University of Lima
Media contact:
Cesar La Serna, Public Information Coordinator, UNESCO Office in Lima. e-mail: c.laserna@unesco.org 

Belgium

Brief description:
The Report was presented during the celebration of Difference Day and World Press Freedom Day.
Date and Time:
3 May 2018 
Venue:
BOZAR. Brussels, Belgium
Media contact:
Adeline Hulin, Project Officer, UNESCO Office in Brussels. e-mail: a.hulin@unesco.org 
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IAMCR, Oregon, USA

Brief description:
The Report was presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Media and Communication Research, held in Oregon, USA. Among the outcomes of the discussion were strong expressions of interest by the participants to integrate the UNESCO Report into courses at their respective universities.
Date and Time:
23 June 2018 
Venue:
Oregon, USA
Media contact:
Oscar Castellanos, Associate Communications Officer. e-mail: o.castellanos@unesco.org 

Tunisia

Brief description:
The Report was presented in cooperation with l’Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l’Information (IPSI).
Date and Time:
26 June 2018 
Venue:
Hotel Belvedere, Tunis
Media contact:
Ikram Ben Sassi, Programme Assistant. e-mail: i.ben-sassi@unesco.org 

Russia

Brief description:
The key findings of the UNESCO World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Global Report 2017/2018 were presented at the Higher School of Economics University in Moscow.
Date and Time:
20 May 2018 
Venue:
The Higher School of Economics University in Moscow
Media contact:
Oscar Castellanos, Associate Communications Officer. e-mail: o.castellanos@unesco.org 
 

Ukraine

Brief description:
The key findings of the UNESCO World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Global Report 2017/2018 were presented at the OSCE Conference Strengthening media freedom and pluralism in Ukraine during times of conflict.
Date and Time:
26-27 June 2018 
Venue:
ArtHall D12, Kyiv, Ukraine
Media contact:
Oscar Castellanos, Associate Communications Officer. e-mail: o.castellanos@unesco.org 
 

Slovakia

Launch in Bratislava

Brief description:
The key findings of the UNESCO World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Global Report 2017/2018 were presented at the International Forum “Freedom of journalism in the context of human rights, new technologies and international information security."
Date and Time:
3-5 December 2018 
Venue:
Pizenok, Bratislava, Slovakia
Media contact:
Oscar Castellanos, Associate Communications Officer. e-mail: o.castellanos@unesco.org