New UNESCO publication on Internet and Freedom of Expression
México, December, 9th, 2016 (UNESCO). The Communication and Information Sector of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences for Latin America and the Caribbean launched a new electronic publication on Internet and freedom of expression. Written by widely acclaimed expert on this subject, Andrew Puddephatt, the paper raises unavoidable questions about humanity’s ability to continue protecting and promoting human rights in a digital era, as defined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of 1948. "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; This right includes not to be disturbed by their opinions, to investigate and receive information and opinions, and to disseminate them, without limitation of frontiers, by any means of expression." For the editors, the minds behind the Declaration were not limited to the communication technologies available at the time of the drafting and approval of this fundamental document. Instead, they explicitly stated that the principles defined therein would continue to be valid regardless of the technological changes that might take place. The publication is the 6th edition of UNESCO's Communication and Information Discussion Notebooks (Cuadernos de Discusión de Comunicación e Información) and thelaunching event was coordinated by the UNESCO Montevideo Office, the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression of the United Nations, with the support of the DEMOS Institute and the Ford Foundation. You can download the publication here.
Communication Lab in Africa
Nairobi, October, 19th, 2016 (Emma Mulwa). A group of vibrant young people from 11 different countries in Africa are currently attending a workshop organized by SIGNIS at Don Bosco Youth Educational Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. Coming from different journalistic backgrounds, the group is here to share and learn more on the various forms of communication with the aim of raising awareness through media platforms on the various concerns experienced in their countries and world at large and to create a platform to evangelize. Through this, they hope to create a culture of peace and love in their own little way, in a world torn apart by conflict and division. The workshop began on 17th October and will come to an end on 28th October. More info on the official Facebook Page and on Twitter with the #CommLabAfrica