<
 
 
 
 
>
You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) using Archive-It. This page was captured on 05:47:26 Jan 03, 2016, and is part of the UNESCO collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page.
Loading media information hide
Print this page
UNESCO’s General Conference endorses press freedom declarations
UNESCO’s General Conference today endorsed the principles contained in two declarations on “Assistance to Media in Conflict Areas and Countries in Transition” and ‘Media and Good Governance”, adopted at World Press Freedom Day (3 May) in Belgrade, in 2004 and Dakar, in 2005.

News
     

UNESCO’s General Conference endorses press freedom declarations

20-10-2005 (Paris)
UNESCO’s General Conference today endorsed the principles contained in two declarations on “Assistance to Media in Conflict Areas and Countries in Transition” and ‘Media and Good Governance”, adopted at World Press Freedom Day (3 May) in Belgrade, in 2004 and Dakar, in 2005.
The Belgrade Declaration calls on authorities to respect the freedom of media outlets in the zones they administer, including in times of conflict, and calls upon UNESCO to reinforce its coordinating role in supporting media initiatives in conflict and post-conflict zones. The Dakar Declaration recognizes the central role played by a free, professional, and unhampered – either through legal, political, financial or physical persecution-- media in ensuring open and democratic societies.

Together, the two declarations specify holistic and coordinated assistance to media in conflict and countries of transition and describe the foundations and benefits of freedom of expression, as well as how to create an environment conducive to independent, pluralistic media, and universal access to information.

As the Declarations make clear, these in turn are the keys to good governance and set in motion currents in favor of increased transparency, openness and empowerment, all of which are keys to poverty reduction. UNESCO is requested to assist, along with other United Nations agencies, in promoting security and peace building efforts within the overall governance and human rights approach adopted by the UN.

Related themes/countries

  • This item can be found in the following topics:
          · World Press Freedom Day 2005
          · Freedom of Expression: News Archives 2005
          · Serbia: News Archives 2005
          · Press Freedom: News Archives 2005
          · Senegal: News Archives 2005


  • Contact information
    Related Links
    More resources
    portal1.org
    we are portal 1
    Community of Practice Software Solutions - Powered by Tomoye Simplify Version 3:01b
    UNESCO-CI
    Have feedback? Email the Chief Editor
    Portal Statistics: 23295 knowledge objects - 6499 topics