Why is Monitoring Important?

Monitoring is important because it provides us with comprehensive information to allow for an in-depth analysis examining why attacks are taking place, in addition to raising awareness to them. It can also help us develop targeted interventions towards safeguarding journalists if we are to understand the types of threats they face and the reasons behind them. 

Sustainable Development Goal 16.10.1

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.10.1 can be found within the SDG Agenda that was produced by the United Nations (UN) and adopted by the General Assembly in 2017. The SDG’s are described by the UN as “a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” by tackling challenges we face such as poverty, inequality and peace and justice. SDG 16.10 focuses on ensuring that the public have access to information and fundamental freedoms are protected in line with legislation and international agreements. Indicator 16.10.1 calls for a focus on monitoring to measure this target by considering the:

Number of verified cases of killing, kidnapping, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture of journalists, associated media personnel, trade unionists and human rights advocates in the previous 12 months

Above Image: World Press Freedom Day 2018. Below Image: UNESCO Special Consultation