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World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

About the Report

In 2011, UNESCO General Conference issued a resolution requesting the Organization to monitor the status of press freedom and safety of journalists worldwide, and to report on the developments in these fields to the General Conference. 

Following this request, UNESCO produced two global editions of the World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development in 2014 and 2018. At each instance, the main reports were accompanied by six regional reports covering freedom of expression and media development trends respectively in Africa, Arab Region, Asia and the Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Europe and North America. The main edition of the World Trends Report is published every four years.

In 2015, an In Focus report exploring the  emerging opportunities and challenges for press freedom in the digital age was published for the first time.

The In Focus reports differ from the global and regional reports. They usually analyze an emerging issue, closely related to media development or freedom of expression. Their findings are included in the main edition of the World Media Trends Report. 
The three In Focus reports, prepared in 2019, are the continuation of UNESCO's work to report on media trends. The implementation of 36 C/ Resolution 53 is reported to the General Conference and can be consulted in the link below.

They were presented at the Communication and Information Commission of the 40th Session of the General Conference on 18 November 2020.

The next edition of the World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development main report is expected to be published in the end of 2021.