"Father of UN Plan to Protect Journalists" reappointed to global council

Ivor Gaber, Professor of Political Journalism at the University of Sussex, has been re-elected to serve on behalf of the UK on UNESCO’s Inter-Governmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

The IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the United Nations system designed to mobilise the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.

Professor Gaber was elected at the UNESCO General Conference in November 2017 to sit for four years on the Council. In nominating Professor Gaber, the UK representative at UNESCO highlighted the former journalist’s work in the ongoing battle to protect journalists from physical threats, harassment and murder.

Professor Gaber has been called “the father of the United Nations Plan to protect journalists” by Guy Berger, the head of UNESCO’s Media Freedom Division.

Regarding his election to the Council, Professor Gaber said:

On one hand I am deeply honoured to represent the UK on such an important body that defends, and seeks to extend, media freedom. On the other hand I am saddened that such campaigning is still required. I hope that when my term of office expires, the IPDC can turn to prioritising other pressing media issues, not least the growing problem of the spread of fake news.”

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