UNESCO is the only UN body with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom.
UNESCO promotes freedom of the press and freedom of expression as a basic human right. It fosters media independence and pluralism by advising on media legislation, sensitizing governments and decision-makers, and by monitoring threats to media freedoms worldwide.
The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) promotes public debate around challenging press freedom issues and advises government on action towards strengthening the protection of journalists in conflict situations. From 2005-2011 the UKNC was the leading organiser of World Press Freedom day activities in the UK. These events are now organised by the UK Press Freedom Network, under the accreditation of the UKNC.
Read more about our work around press freedom by selecting from the below list of topics.
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- World Press Freedom Day
- An opportunity to affirm the importance of press freedom and to remember media professionals who lost their lives in the pursuit of their profession. We're the lead organiser of activities to mark the Day in the UK
- Journalist Safety
- Over the past decade no less than 1,000 journalists and media staff have been killed while working. We're working to improve reporting conditions and safety for journalists globally