On 13 September UNESCO Chair on Media Freedom, Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity, Professor Jackie Harrison, joined discussion on how to end impunity for crimes against journalists at the 2022 Forum for Media and Development Symposium “Dealing with the past and preparing for the future- Media Assistance in Conflict Mitigation, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding” (held on 13-14 September).

The session was hosted by Reporters Without Borders and focused on ending impunity for crimes against journalists as one of the most pressing issues to guarantee freedom of expression and access to information for all citizens. The panel discussed perks and shortcomings of existing national, regional and international initiatives and approaches in the fight against impunity for the crimes against journalists.

Jackie Harrison highlighted the role of academia in implementing the UN Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity and academic consultations that have been hosted by the Journalism Safety Research Network at the Centre for the Freedom of the Media during 2022, to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the UN Action Plan. Harrison also showcased work undertaken to take stock of the research conducted since the adoption of the UN Action Plan in 2012.

The recorded live stream of the event can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy5XAv6harY

The event programme can be found here: https://fome.info/symposium-2022-program

More information on the Academic Consultations on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the UN Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity can be found here: https://cfom.org.uk/2022/07/15/cfom-co-hosts-second-academic-consultation-on-the-un-action-plan-on-journalists-safety-with-unesco-for-iamcr-2022/