On May 3rd, during the Word Press Freedom Day celebrations in Accra, a network meeting with members of the Journalism Safety Research Network (JSRN) was held to gather ideas for continuing to develop the network and building research driven knowledge and capacity related to issues of journalism safety.

During the conversations, Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO, remarked that as the JSRN celebrates its third anniversary, the network is increasingly relevant and essential to the global agenda to protect independent journalists and journalism.

On the World Press Freedom day it was also announced that our CFOM Chair Professor Jackie Harrison has been awarded the first UNESCO Chair in Media Freedom, Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity. One of the key priorities of the Chair is to continue to build and strengthen the JSRN with a view to enable experts in different fields of knowledge and professional capacities to network and collaborate on issues of journalism safety. The JSRN will work to facilitate the exchange of ideas and publications as well as contribute towards promoting an academic voice in relation to the development of research agendas and policy proposals on the safety of journalists.

Read more about the Journalism Safety Research Network here,