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CFOM. Centre for Freedom of the Media Jackie Harrison William Horsley. Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM): Why journalists should know about safety. THE UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. UN coordination among agencies and bodies

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CFOM

Centre for Freedom of the Media

Jackie Harrison

William Horsley

the un plan of action on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity
THE UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity
  • UN coordination among agencies and bodies
  • Actions by States with primary responsibility for guaranteeing freedom of expression and journalists’ safety
  • Mobilising efforts by IGOs, associations, media houses and academics
journalists safety and democratic life journalism educators and the bigger picture
Journalists safety and democratic life: journalism educators and the bigger picture
  • Attacks against journalists and impunity lead to self-censorship, loss of faith in the judicial system and undermine the rule of law.
  • Intimidation and controls on media make fraudulent elections more likely and are linked with increases in corruption, crime and human rights violations.
  • The unsafe environment in many countries requires review/reform of legislation; judicial independence; public engagement and concerted actions by stakeholders
a role for journalism educators the un identifies a need
A role for journalism educators? The UN identifies a need
  • Promote inclusion of the issue of freedom of expression … (at university level), including the safety of journalists, in journalism education institutions
  • Partner with academic institutions and journalism programmes…to incorporate a module on the safety of journalists and impunity within the teaching curricula at under and post-graduate level.
  • To encourage journalism strategies that develop safety skills in investigative journalism, including data journalism