Hu XianhongOrganizer Entity
Human Rights / Freedom of Expression on the InternetConsise description
Parallel to unprecedented diffusion of online media and digital communication worldwide, there is a worrying trend that websites of news media, human rights organizations, critical bloggers, and other individuals or organizations that disseminate information have increasingly become targets of illegitimate surveillance, hacking and attacks from various sources ranging from states to third parties. More extremely, some bloggers and online media actors are being killed for their online journalism.
Understanding threats to journalistic freedom and safety online requires us to revisit who counts as a journalist in digital era. The UN Human Rights Committee in its general comment No. 34 has put the emphasis on an important aspect: the distinctive communications activity itself – rather than the occupational status of the actor. This is by defining journalism as “a function shared by a wide range of actors, including professional full-time reporters and analysts, as well as bloggers and others who engage in forms of self-publication in print, on the Internet or elsewhere.” In this concept note, “journalists” is used as a broad term that includes all online media actors who do journalism.
Opening and Introductory Remarks by Chair 10’ Mr Guy Berger Director of freedom of expression and media development, UNESCO Presentation of speakers (35 minutes) Ms. Jennifer Henrichsen, UNESCO commissioned researcher on online safety Ms. Gabrielle Guillemin, ARTICLE 19, UK Mr. Eduardo Bertoni, CELE, Argentina Ms. Joana Varon-Ferraz, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil Mr. Budi Putra, Chief Executive Officer of The Jakarta Post Digital Mr. Bambang Harymurti, Press Council for Indonesia Mr. Enda Nasution, Indonesian blogger Questions and Answers (45 minutes, also open to remote participation)Moderator
Guy BergerRemote Moderator
Xianhong HuHave you organized workshops at previous IGFs?
Conclusions drawn from the workshop and further comments
UN Human Rights Committee’s new concept defining journalism as “a function shared by a wide range of actors, including professional full-time reporters and analysts, as well as bloggers and others who engage in forms of self-publication in print, on the Internet or elsewhere” was agreed and applauded by all participants. And built on this consensus, participants called that main protections that apply to journalists should apply to bloggers (right to protect sources, accreditation and guarantee of safety). For this regard, complexities of the legal frameworks, digital and physical attacks as well their social impacts should be further studied. Debates continue on the self-regulatory approach of developing and adopting code of ethical standards for bloggers.
Xianhong HuEstimate the overall number of women participants present at the session
About half of the participants were womenTo what extent did the session discuss gender equality and/or women's empowerment?
Discussion affecting gender equality and women's empowerment
It was one of the main themes of the session
Women and girls bloggers and journalists were paid much attention by the session.Workshops Staticals
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