Freedom of Expression and Public Order. For Journalists and Members of Security Forces
تاریخ انتشار: 03.07.2015
ثبت شده توسط: MichaelF
دردسترس در: ENنوع منبع: راهنما و دستورالعملها
This training manual is a tool to help members of security forces and journalists better understand their rights and obligations. It aims to raise awareness among members of security forces about the right to freedom of expression, and to provide them with concrete answers and solutions as to how be to perform their mission of maintaining order while also respecting freedom of expression and media freedom.
The training manual “Freedom of Expression and Public Order” aims to provide security forces with both theoretical and practical tools to carry out their mission of maintaining order while respecting human rights, freedom of expression and the security of journalists. It elaborates on international standards on freedom of expression and the conditions in which this fundamental freedom can be restricted. It also highlights the important role of journalists in a democratic society and why safety of journalists has become a priority for organisations promoting freedom of expression. It is essential that journalists be able to access information of public interest, so that they can analyse and provide this information to the public.
Comprised of seven modules, each providing a different focus/entry point into the topic, this manual aims to raise the awareness of members of security forces regarding their duties and obligations in relation to freedom of expression, press freedom and the safety of journalists. It illustrates how their mission of maintaining public order is not incompatible with respect for freedom of expression and the work of journalists, and how, instead, that mission is often essential for their full realisation.
This manual helps security forces understand better the importance of freedom of expression and the central role that this right plays in democracy. It also highlights the specific role played by the press in a democracy, ensuring that members of the public are informed and can exercise their rights as citizens.
In terms of approach, some modules specifically target members of security forces, while others envisage joint training sessions for members of security forces and journalists. These joint sessions aim to promote greater mutual understanding of the reality and the needs of, respectively, members of security forces and journalists in a democracy.