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Safety of Journalists

Promoting the safety of journalists and combatting impunity for those who attack them are central elements within UNESCO´s support for press freedom on all media platforms.

Consequently, UNESCO is committed to advancing freedom of press and safety of journalists, both offline and online, through a variety of actions. These include awareness raising, promoting partnerships and co-ordination of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists.

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Since 1997, UNESCO’s Director-General has condemned each killing of a journalist, and every two years compiles a Report on The Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity to the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity


With the support of UNESCO, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance has translated core documents of the UN Plan of Action into Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Lao, Tetum, Thai, Vietnamese.

All translations are available online here