The UNESCO Chair on Media Freedom, Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity, Professor Jackie Harrison, took part in the ‘Future of Media and Communication’ Forum that was organised by the  Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ). 

Above image: Professor Harrison (right)

The event was held from the 17th until the 19th September in Amman, Jordan. Professor Harrison spoke in the session: ‘When Journalists become targets: Journalists who lost their lives on the frontline’. She spoke about UNESCO’s mandate to monitor the killings of journalists to deal with targeting journalists. She also noted how the targeting of journalists varies across the world, but there are particular commonalities that link these violations together. Professor Harrison also discussed the work UNESCO has undertaken as an international umbrella to protect journalists. 

CFOM has been working with UNESCO on journalism safety for a number of years. Most recently, CFOM led the academic consultation on the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity on occasion of its tenth anniversary. You can find out more about the work CFOM has undertaken on journalism safety below.