UNESCO publishes report on journalists’ safety


Paris, June 2016 – The just-published study on the safety of journalists in Kenya is the culmination of a collaborative effort between UNESCO and the African Media Initiative. It is essentially an assessment of Kenya’s environment based on UNESCO’s Journalism Safety Indicators (JSIs) published on 25 July 2013.

The indicators themselves relate to UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDIs), which were endorsed by the Intergovernmental Council of the organization’s International Programme for the Development of Communication in 2008 as a unique diagnostic tool for evaluating media landscapes.

They Kenyan study, Supporting Safety of Journalists in Kenya: An assessment based on UNESCO’s Journalist Safety Indicators, was commissioned by UNESCO and entailed both quantitative and qualitative research, two stakeholder workshops and a rigorous peer review. It builds on previous studies such as the 2012 Baseline Survey on Safety and Protecting Journalists in Kenya, which yielded the seminal manual, Safety and Protection of Kenya Journalists: Is it common sense of common cents, and a 10-Point Charter for Media Owners and Managers, and which had been commissioned by the Kenya Media Programme.

In 2012, the United Nations endorsed what became known as the UN Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. It was within that context that the Kenyan study was undertaken. It highlights critical gaps that impact on the safety of journalists and makes a number of recommendations.

For a more detailed version of the announcement of the publication, click on this link: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/news-and-in-focus-articles/all-news/news/unesco_publishes_report_on_safety_of_journalists_in_kenya_b/