World Press Freedom Day 2024: UNESCO sounds the alarm on attacks against environmental journalists

2024 04 09

UNESCO has dedicated World Press Freedom Day 2024 (3 May) to addressing the multiple threats
faced by journalists covering the environment and the impact of climate-related disinformation.
The Organization and Chile will hold an international conference in Santiago, bringing together
government representatives, experts, NGOs and media professionals.

What? UNESCO’s international conference “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the  Face of the Environmental Crisis” 

Where? The Gabriela Mistral Centre, Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 227, Santiago, Chile (and online)

When? 2-4 May, 2024 

Who? Gabriel Boric, President of Chile; Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO; Maria Ressa, Nobel-Prize Winning Investigative Journalist; Irene Khan, UN Special  Rapporteur on The Right to Freedom of Expression; Michelle Bachelet, Former Chilean  President, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Fatima Denton, the  Prosecutor in the case of the murder of The Guardian journalist Dom Phillips, also an  IPCC Representative, etc. 

Register for the UNESCO press briefing ahead of World Press Freedom Day, at  which UNESCO experts will highlight the main objectives of the conference and discuss  the key-findings of a new report examining attacks against environmental journalists – from harassment, detentions and arrests to physical violence and killings (embargoed until May 3, 00:01 am CET

In French: Monday, 15 April, 3:00 pm CET:  

With Dr. Tawfik Jelassi, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information

In English: Tuesday, 16 April, 3:00 pm CET: [link] 

With Guilherme Canela, Chief, Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists Section

Register here for accreditation to World Press Freedom Day Conference in Santiago You will first need to enter the password: Eventos.Chile@180

Should you need any assistance with the accreditation process, please contact Monia  Adjiwanou at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Objective, fact-based investigation and reporting on environmental issues has never been more critical. Without it we cannot hope to reduce and mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis. But journalists who  investigate these topics are facing significant and growing threats. 

The UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Conference – the first-ever UN conference dedicated to climate  disruption and press freedom – will analyze these threats and look at how to better support and protect environmental journalists. Participants will also discuss how to tackle disinformation, denial and distortion  of scientific facts. They will examine how to build media coalitions to lead international investigations  uncovering the powerful trans-national interests behind disinformation campaigns which hamper climate  action. 

The conference, to be opened by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, and the President of Chile,  Gabriel Boric, will bring together the key experts, advocates and stakeholders from all regions of the  world, including environmental journalist-activists, lawyers specializing in freedom of expression,  scientists concerned about climate-change disinformation and the leading civil society organizations  working on the protection of the environment.  

The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 

As in past years, journalists who have risked their lives to provide essential information to the public will be awarded the UNESCO/CANO Prize at a special ceremony at the conference.

Source, UNESCO



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