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Media Freedom: A Global Responsibility
25 Sep 2019 -  The world is becoming an increasingly hostile place for journalists and media workers. 2018 was one of the deadliest years with at least 99 journalists worldwide killed, almost 350 detained and 60 held hostage.
In response to the UN Secretary-General’s appeal to all Governments to defend a free media, the UK and Canada have initiated a global campaign to champion media freedom and increase the costs to those that are attempting to restrict it.
This event will bring together high-level representatives from a range of Member States, journalists, media professionals and civil society partners to discuss how to translate political commitments into practical action to address the challenges around media freedom. It will:
- Launch the Media Freedom Coalition, announcing its membership and how it will operate to reinforce global commitments, international initiatives and regional fora;
- highlight the opportunity for funding contributions and bids to the Global Media Defence Fund, administered by UNESCO;
- Share experiences in the development of National Action Plans on the safety of journalists