On 8 April 2021 Sweden and UNESCO signed an agreement to initiate the project “Strengthening Media Development and Freedom of Expression”, to be implemented in partnership with UN Human Rights. Sweden will contribute 23 million Swedish Kronor (around USD 2.8 million) to UNESCO.
This new strategic agreement includes activities that will be implemented in the next three years, which aim to foster a safe, free, pluralistic, and independent media environment conducive to greater freedom of expression and access to information in Cambodia. UNESCO’s work will focus in strengthening the legislative framework and media sector while addressing the urgent needs derived from the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes ensuring greater access to critical information, advocating for higher standards in ethical and professional reporting and promoting professional journalism to counter disinformation.
Mr Björn Häggmark, Sweden’s Ambassador to Cambodia explains “This contribution is an important part of Sweden’s development cooperation with Cambodia which focuses on human rights, democracy and rule of law. We are happy to partner with UNESCO Cambodia to build the capacities of the media sector to raise the professional standards of journalism and establish mechanisms for the safety of reporters. Special attention will be given to female journalists, who are particularly vulnerable in the media profession and lack equal professional development opportunities in the sector,”
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