Fostering Freedom of Expression

As the United Nations agency with a specific mandate to promote “the free flow of ideas by word and image”, UNESCO works to foster free, independent and pluralistic media in print, broadcast and online. Media development in this mode enhances freedom of expression, and it contributes to peace, sustainability, poverty eradication and human rights. Read more

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1 May 2011 Joint Message by UN Secretary-General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO Director-General on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2011
20 January 2011 International Symposium on Freedom of Expression, 26 January 2011, UNESCO, Paris
4 March 2010 UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) allocates more than US$2.1 million for 84 media development projects
25 January 2008 UNESCO is calling for nomination for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2008
11 December 2007 How Does Access to Information Help Citizens Realize their Rights?
1 November 2007 Director-General condemns murder in Kyrgyzstan of Uzbek journalist Alisher Saipov
3 October 2007 Tajikistan ratifies the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
14 May 2007 Defamation and respect for values among topics at training for legal media professionals
3 May 2007 World Press Freedom Day in Kazakhstan promotes open dialogue between journalists, UN Agencies
7 April 2007 2007 UNESCO / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize awarded posthumously to Russian reporter Anna Politkovskaya
4 April 2007 IPDC Bureau finances three Central Asian media projects in 2007
25 December 2006 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will enter into force on 18 March 2007
10 December 2006 "Human Rights remain at the heart of UNESCO's mandate." Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2006
24 October 2006 Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006
14 September 2006 Fostering integration of the Central Asian Freedom of the Press and Expression Network into global and regional networks