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Wednesday, September 3 • 9:00am - 10:00am
WS20: Launch UNESCO publication Digital Safety of journalists

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A worrying and widely observed trend is that websites of news media, human rights organizations, critical bloggers, and other individuals or organizations disseminating information have increasingly become targets of illegitimate surveillance, hacking and attacks from various sources ranging from State-based actors to third parties. It falls into an emerging Internet governance concern to explore the digital safety of journalists and its significant human rights implication, particularly on freedom of expression and related privacy protection.

Built on its previous discussion as triggered at IGF 2013, UNESCO takes the occasion to launch the new research which provides a qualitative picture of cases around the world linked to guaranteeing the safety of journalists and other media actors using digital media as well as the guidelines, good practices and policy recommendations on how to respect the right to freedom of expression in the digital environment. The workshop will discuss these outcomes of the publication and how to use them to inform and empower stakeholders on the digital safety protection of journalists and new media actors. It also contributes to Organization’s on-going efforts to implement the UN Inter-Agency Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.


5’ opening remarks by Chair
10’ Presentation by Ms Jennifer Henrichsen, UNESCO commissioned researcher
5’ Comment by Mr Geoffrey King, Internet Advocacy Coordinator and Digital Security Specialist, Committee to Protect Journalists, United States of America
5’ Comment by Mr Eduardo Bertoni, Researcher, Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) of the University of Palermo, Argentina
5’ Comment by Ms Laura Tresca, Brazil Freedom of Expression Officer, Article 19
30’ Discussions

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Guy Berger

Director for Policies and Strategies in the field of Communication and Information, UNESCO
I am director for Policies and Strategies in the field of Communication and Information at UNESCO. I work with colleagues on UNESCO's report "World Trends on Freedom of Expression and Media Development", and taking forward UNESCO Member States' agreement to the concept of Internet... Read More →


Eduardo Bertoni

Eduardo Bertoni (Phd, Buenos Aires University) is the Director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Palermo University School of Law, Argentina. He was the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission... Read More →

Silvia Grundmann

Silvia Grundmann works for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as Head of the Media Division in the Information Society Department of the Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law. She holds both German law degrees with distinction, followed by a Master of Common Law from Georgetown... Read More →
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Geoffrey King

Technology Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Geoffrey King joined CPJ in 2013 to coordinate the organization's Internet and technology policy efforts. Based in San Francisco, he protects the rights of journalists through advocacy, public education, and engagement with policymakers worldwide. Prior to joining CPJ, King, an attorney... Read More →

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Wednesday September 3, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am EEST
Workshop Room 10 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 7 + 8)

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