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GFMD at World Press Freedom Day 2022

Join GFMD sessions at World Press Freedom Day Global Conference “Journalism under Siege” (2-5 May) in Uruguay where our Perugia Declaration for Ukraine will be used as the basis for collective advocacy efforts

Posted by: Communications Gfmd | 2. May 2022

Update on the Perugia Declaration for Ukraine

GFMD, together with members and partners, launched the Perugia Declaration for Ukraine at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia on 9 April. The declaration is currently available in 10 languages!

English – Perugia Declaration for Ukraine

Italian – Dichiarazione di Perugia per l’Ucraina

Spanish – Declaración de Perugia para Ucrania

French – Déclaration de Pérouse pour l’Ukraine

German – Perugia-Erklärung für die Ukraine

Arabic – إعلان بيروجيا من أجل أوكرانيا

Ukrainian – Перуджійська декларація у підтримку України

Russian – Перуджийская декларация в поддержку Украины

Belarusian – Перуджійська декларація у підтримку України

The declaration has already been signed by 11 Ukrainian media organisations and  204 international media organisations. It will be used as the basis for collective advocacy efforts at and around World Press Freedom Day.

“We continue to stand in solidarity with Ukrainian and all other journalists and media workers around the world who work in areas of conflict or where freedom of expression is limited, who deliver trusted information in the public interest. We will use the recommendations of the Perugia Declaration for Ukraine to ask all states that care about the media freedom, private and public donors and funders, and private companies to act and do everything they can to support our Ukrainian and international colleagues’ ability to continue reporting and serving the urgent needs of their audiences,” said Mira Milosevic, Executive Director of GFMD

Join our call for increased support of independent media and journalists in Ukraine by signing the declaration here. If you have already signed it, please encourage others to do the same. 

Share the declaration using #PerugiaDeclaration4Ukraine, #PressFreedom  #WorldPressFreedomDay, #WPFD2022 and #MediaDev.

For more details on Perugia Declaration for Ukraine see here.

GFMD’s activities at UNESCO World Press Freedom Day

"High-Level Session. Safety of journalists in Ukraine war"

You can find the full programme here.

In order to follow the sessions online please register here.

May 2 – Consultation on “Developing Principles for Effective Media Assistance”

Organisers: Center for International Media Assistance and GFMD

Co-conveners: UNESCO and the Government of Uruguay’s National Service for Audiovisual Communication

Location: Sala Jaguel 2,  Convention Center in Punta del Este (Centro de Convenciones de Punta del Este), Uruguay.

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 UYT

Description: This invitation-only meeting will help to produce guiding principles for international donors supporting media development and press freedom. With input and feedback from interested international donors, key implementing agencies, and media support organisations, CIMA and GFMD have outlined the rationale and timeline for this initiative in a concept note, which highlights the urgent need to foster more effective, locally-driven international cooperation in the media sector.

Participants: International organisations, government representatives, media development organisations, and news outlets.

Aim: Participants from various regions will drive interactive sessions and discussions over a morning of reflection and exchange of experiences. These discussions will shape the principles and help to produce recommendations for implementation.

For more background see here.

May 3 – Panel discussion  on “Developing Principles for Effective Media Assistance” 

Organisers: Center for International Media Assistance and GFMD

Time: 22:00 – 23:00 (CET)  | 17:00 – 18:00 (UYT)

Panellists:

Moderator: Nick Benequista, Senior Director for the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy. 

Description: This event will bring together media development practitioners and experts to further inform deliberations about renewing the principles for effective media development. This conversation with media development practitioners and experts will discuss root problems with the crisis confronting independent media and how international and national support to the media sector can be most effective.

Background: Please find the background, timeline and the concept note for this process here:

May 4 – High-Level Session. Safety of journalists in Ukraine war

Time: 15:30 – 16:30 (CET)  | 10:30 – 11:30 (UYT)

Organisers: UNESCO and the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

Speakers: 

Moderator: Tom Law – Head of Policy and Learning, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

Description: Free and independent media are critical for ensuring civilians have access to potentially life-saving information, debunking disinformation and rumours, particularly in times of conflict. Journalists are frontline witnesses to the war in Ukraine, risking their lives to keep their fellow citizens and the international community informed.

Aim: To provide a forum for discussions on the current challenges facing journalists in Ukraine, presenting perspectives and experiences from media workers both within and outside of the country, as well as responses from the international community.

Check out more about GFMD coordination activities to support independent media and journalists in Ukraine here.

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