GFMD calls on the international community to reinforce its recognition of the importance of media and journalism for good governance and democratic institutions by firmly positioning support for the sector within the overall international development assistance and governance agenda.
Deadline: 8 February
An online consultation launched on the UN’s SDG Knowledge Platform seeks to gather inputs from Major Groups and other stakeholders on the SDGs that will be reviewed in depth at the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
Deadline: 15 February 2019
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is seeking nominations for its UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2019 which is funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia), the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland) and the Namibia Media Trust (Namibia).
On 23 January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, United for News, a global multi-stakeholder coalition of media, private industry and NGOs, which includes GFMD, is announcing pilot programs in Canada, Iraq and Ukraine to address the deficit of women in news reporting.
A recent report from the Fojo Institute describes and analyses how online propaganda against journalists across the world – through hate, harassment, threats and fabricated news – undermines independent reporting, sows doubt among the public and makes journalists, in particular female journalists, open for online attacks and physical abuse.
On 16 January, the European Parliament voted to adopt the annual report on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2017. We commend the EP for its strong focus on media and freedom of expression, and appreciate that the report recognised the provisions for media freedom in the EU’s external funding instruments.