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Friday, April 1 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Building Digital Safety for Journalists

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Parallel to the growing digitization of journalism which brings unprecedented benefits to both producers and consumers of journalism, there are worrying trends that have emerged. UNESCO has released a research “Building Digital Safety for Journalism” and intend to trigger discussion on following crucial questions with participants:
1.What are major and emerged digital threats to journalists and media actors on Internet?
2.What kinds of gender-based harassment and threats have emerged and how to address them particularly?
3. What are existing actors and initiative working to address digital safety globally, regionally, nationally and locally?
4. What are gaps in knowledge and practices for protecting digital safety of journalists?
5. What enabling policy recommendations and good practices can be shared in this regard?

Background documents:

Link to UNESCO digital safety publication:

Link to Outcome documents of UNESCO conference News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals: http://en.unesco.org/safety-media-professionals

Moderator: Ms Xianhong Hu, UNESCO

Speakers (3-minutes each):
Mr Guy Berger: Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
Mr David Kaye: UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Ms Courtney Radsch: Committee of Protecting Journalists
Ms Lisl Brunner: Policy & Learning Director of GNI (Global Network Initiative)
Representative from Facebook

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Guy Berger

Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
I am director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO. Oversee UNESCO's report "World Trends on Freedom of Expression and Media Development", and taking forward UNESCO Member States' agreement to the concept of Internet Universality, and options for Internet action on access to information & knowledge online; freedom of expression; privacy; and ethical dimensions of the Information Society... Read More →

Xianhong Hu

Assistant Programme Specialist, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO
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David Kaye

Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, United Nations
Prof. Kaye’s scholarship and teaching focus on public international law, especially international human rights law, international humanitarian law, accountability for violations of human rights, and the law governing the use of force. He is just as interested in efforts to translate international law—especially human rights law—in a domestic American context, whether in courts, legislatures, or the executive branches of... Read More →
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Courtney Radsch

Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Dr. Courtney Radsch, USA, is the Advocacy Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). As a journalist, researcher, and freedom of expression advocate, she writes and speaks frequently on the nexus of technology, journalism, and rights. She is the author of Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change. She has led advocacy missions to more than a dozen countries, U.N. bodies, and the... Read More →
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Mark Stephens, CBE

Independent Board Chair, Global Network Initiative
Mark Stephens, CBE is the Independent Board Chair of the Global Network Initiative. A British lawyer specializing in international commercial dispute resolution, media law, human rights and intellectual property, Mark has undertaken some of the highest profile cases in the UK and around the world defending the free expression rights of artists, journalists, and the rights of online publishers in libel cases. He currently heads the international... Read More →

Friday April 1, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Lab

Attendees (54)