World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

Across the world, journalism is under fire. While more individuals have access to content than ever before, the combination of political polarization and technological change have facilitated the rapid spread of hate speech, misogyny, and unverified mis- and disinformation, often leading to disproportionate restrictions on freedom of expression. In an ever-growing number of countries, journalists face physical and verbal attacks that threaten their ability to report news and information to the public.

In the face of such challenges, the World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development series offers a critical analysis of the trends in media freedom, pluralism, independence, and the safety of journalists. The Global Report (released every five years) along with the Issue Briefs and other associated publications provide a macro-level perspective that serves as an essential resource for UNESCO Member States, international organizations, civil society groups, academia, and individuals seeking to understand the changing global media landscape.

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The 2021/2022 edition of the World Trends Report, which builds on research carried out with researchers and universities in partnership with Economist Impact, monitors the evolution of Freedom of expression in the World since 2016.


Recently released

UNESCO's World Trends Report Insights discussion paper “Threats that Silence: Trends in the Safety of Journalists”, presents key findings related to a broad range of contemporary challenges to the safety of journalists. The discussion paper is part of its upcoming World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development Global Report 2021/2022.


Threats that silence

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