Press for the Planet: debrief from World Press Freedom Day 2024

Jun282024
Location: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
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On June 28, 2024, Chile as the host of the World Press Freedom Day Conference 2024, alongside Estonia and Germany as co-chairs of the Media Freedom Coalition, organised a follow-up discussion on the outcomes of the conference and future perspectives at the UNESCO headquarters, Paris.

The event featured a discussion on key takeaways from the conference in Chile, moderated by Antoine Bernard, Director of Advocacy and Assistance, Reporters without Borders (a Consultative Network member). The speakers were: 

  • Tawfik Jelassi, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO
  • Raúl Fernández Daza, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Chile to UNESCO
  • Jamil Chade, climate journalist (by video)
  • Ms. Simona Mirela Miculescu, Ambassador, President of the General Conference of UNESCO (TBC)

This was followed by a panel discussion titled “Five years of Media Freedom Coalition – have we made progress?” moderated by Guilherme Canela, Chief of the Section for Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists, UNESCO. The panelists were: 

  • Katrin Kivi, Ambassador at large for Human Rights, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Johannes Metzler, Deutsche Welle Academy, Germany
  • Omar Faruk Osman, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists, President of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ)

This discussion covered various aspects of the MFC’s work, including the provision of emergency visas to journalists at risk and the Global Media Defence Fund administered by UNESCO. 

The final session looked at “Building synergies and complementarities”, with a focus on cooperation between multilateral organizations in protecting journalists. 

This session was moderated by Antoine Bernard, RSF, with: 

  • Catherine Anderson, Team Leader and Senior Policy Analyst in Development Cooperation Directorate , OECD
  • Sylvie Coudray, Director of the Division Freedom of Expression, Media development and Media and Information Literacy and Secretary of the International Programme for the Development of Communication, UNESCO

Image credit: Ambassador Jean Manes on X/Twitter

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