Category Archives: WPFD ’14 Paris

WPFD’14 delegates adopt the Paris Declaration

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Everything that starts must comes to an end but the fight on impunity and for journalist safety will not stop as it was evident in the Closing Plenary Session and Adoption The Paris Declaration. The session picked the brains of the panelists about the possible outcomes of the event. Frank La Rue said, “The priority on freedom of speech is on government, and the issue of transparency of the government to the media”

“The access of information and freedom cannot be done by the media organization alone” Ying Chan, Founding Director Journalism And Media Studies Centre Hong Kong University, said in reference to the all the media organization working together with UNSECO.  Similarly to the beginning the ending was sweet and simple.

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Measuring & assessing Indicators for Sustainable Developments Goals

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Every seat was taken during the working session on measurements assessment and indicators for sustainable development goals.  The contributors and audiences both interacted to discuss media techniques of measurements. The questions covered during the session were: what should be the targets? What research is needed and what monitoring and reporting mechanisms are possible

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Many of the contributors stated their arguments a few highlighted some key elements. Abdeljalil Alami, Chair, Doha Center For Media Freedom, stated “establishing a frame work for the agenda” is the key element in achieving the goals of a measurable component. James Deane the Director Policy And Learning BBC, said, “ it [agenda] needs to be meaningful to the media, to the citizens, it needs to speak to the people.” Further more adding about Article 19 measures the frame work however it also faces difficulty to attain the numbers. While Caroline Giraud the Coordinator of GFMD remarked, “Simplicity is a major issue” in establishing a framework that sets to implement at it, theorizes, with that the moderator, Fackson Banda opened the floor to audience. The audience members shared their experiences and opinions about the discussion, Ying Chan, Founding Director Journalism And Media Studies Centre Hong Kong University, remarked that while everyone theorizes thoroughly the big picture tends to missed, “we have look broader and see the frame work.” An other member added a vital point in regards to the inner workings of the media, while the session is discussing ways to measure the out comes, researchers tend to forget, Corruption and how with freedom of expression is intertwined with corruption. Magda Walter, an independent consulter, “the real measurements of a true, vibrant and healthy media is a good solid link between the government and the media outlets”

_MG_6982 The session came to an end with a member of the audience raising a valid   point, that even though corruption is an elephant in the room, most researchers tended to forget that a huge factor that aids as form of corruption is poverty. Many journalists in developing countries are living in poverty, and they only way the government can get media coverage is to pay the journalist. And with that the working session came to a close.

Interview with Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of RSF

The Junior Reporters interviewed the Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders, Christophe Deloire, During the Al Jazeera Media Network and Doha Centre for Media Freedom Sponsored Lunch, World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

The reporter asked the following questions:

Question: What was your experience with World Press Freedom Day 2014?
Question: How do you think the Social media will affect Media Freedom?

UNESCO signs partnership agreement with Aljazeera Media Network

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The Signing of The Memorandum of understanding between UNESCO and Aljazeera media network began on with a friendly conversation between, Mr. Mostafa Souag and Mr. Getachew Engida.

The Deputy director general of UNESCO, Mr. Getachew Engida, stated that not only it symbolic, it is proof of the active effort of organizations fight against impunity. The signing during the international conference of world press freedom day, show cases how vital it is that to maintain freedom of the press.

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Mr. Mostefa Souag, the acting-managing Director, Al Jazeera Media Network in Qatar reaffirmed this relationship by stating that, “it’s not about protecting a particular organization, it is about protecting the freedom of the media.” Mr. Souag further added, the importance of collaboration with other news organization it maintain the fight for Press freedom. Mr. Souag, added “Its about letting the people know the truth” it is the fight for the people’s right to know.

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Interview with Mr. Mogens Schmidt

The Junior Reporters interviewed the Former Director of Freedom of Expression, Mogens Schmidt. During the Al Jazeera Media Network and Doha Centre for Media Freedom Sponsored Lunch, At World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

The reporter asked the following questions:
Question: What is your experience with the start of the UNESCO press Freedom Day?
Questions: How do you think the social media will affect the Media Freedom?