The Global Media Forum adopted the Bali Roadmap for the inclusion of media in the post-2015 agenda


The Global Media Forum today adopted the UNESCO-initiated Bali Roadmap recommending principles and actions to be considered in charting the future direction of media in the context of sustainable development.

Titled the ‘Bali Road Map: The Roles of the Media in Realizing the Future We Want for All’, the document emphasizes the “importance of including a goal on freedom of expression and independent media in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and of including this recognition in development practice more broadly.”

The road map details actions to key stakeholders, namely governments, media outlets, media professionals, users, UNESCO and the international community.

The road map calls on governments to review legal restrictions including criminal defamation laws on media content or structures; systematically collect and make accessible to the public, information related to development while protecting privacy, and make concerted efforts to ensure that those involved in production of journalism can work without fear or risk of attack.

Media outlets and professionals should promote respect for the highest professional and ethical standards in journalism, promote gender-sensitive policies and strategies to foster the participation of women and marginalized groups in all levels of media, and strive for appropriate time and resources for investigative reporting.

For the international community, the road map recommends that aid programmes take into account the importance of freedom of expression issues in all development efforts and where relevant, promote the safety of journalists.

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