Tajikistan and Central Asia: World Press Freedom Day 2022

5 May 2022

On 5 May 2022, Tajikistan United Nations Country Team including UNESCO will co-organize the event jointly with OSCE and EU for the celebration of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), countering new threats to communications, the viability of media, and public trust. The hashtag of the event #WorldPressFreedomDay, #, .

The event contributes to the implementation of principles outlined in the Windhoek+30 Declaration on Journalism as a Public Good, recently endorsed by the UNESCO General Conference. As well as the measures proposed by Tajikistan's media organizations at the 2021 meeting and the regional Alma-Ata+29 meeting.

The following topics are covered the conference in Dushanbe:
  • Media of the future perspectives and challenges
  • Transparency as a public good
  • Media viability and public trust
  • Information resilience: from fact-checking and health literacy to the impact of COVID-19
  • Role of youth in countering new, digital challenges online hate speech and cyber-bullying
The conference used this timely moment to take stock of these trends and what can be done about them.


Photos of the conference work:

Conference opening moderator Shahlo Akobirova, Khoma Media NGO
Inclusive performance by Afghan refugee artist on the theme of freedom of the press
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, Ms Matlubakhon Sattoriyon
Ms Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan
Ambassador Vuk Zugic, Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe
Video-address of Ms Teresa Ribeiro, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM)
Session Transparecy as a Public Good
Mr Sergey Karpov, UNESCO, speaking on Media Viability
Mr Joscha Weber, Head of Deutsche Welle Fact-checking Team
WPFD-2022 Conference Participants, Dushanbe

This years global event focus on the theme Journalism under Digital Siege, to spotlight the multifaceted ways in which recent developments in surveillance by state and non-state actors, as well as big data collection and artificial intelligence (AI), impact journalism, freedom of expression and privacy. Also under the spotlight will be the associated challenges to media viability in digital times, and threats to public trust that arise from surveillance and digitally-mediated attacks on journalists, and the consequences of all this on public trust in digital communications.

Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2022

(English / Russian)

UNESCO Resources

Draft Programme

of the conference in Uruguay on 3 May


in the Global event in Punta Del Este, Uruguay on 3 May

Global Visual Identity

Download the visual identity packs (zip)


Declaration on Journalism as a Public Good

World Trends Highlights

in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

Threats that silence

trends in the safety of journalists

Quality reporting

Journalism Education and Training by Theme

Roundtable (material from Asia Plus)

On the celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Tajikistan in 2021

Video Explainers

on the Role of Media and Freedom of Expression

For Society

UNESCO and UNITAR have jointly launched a new short online course for young people aged 16 to 24. Experts break down complex concepts of disinformation, freedom of expression and privacy into simple actions, building on young people's daily interactions with technology. UNESCO Almaty translated both courses into Russian

For Policy Makers

For State Bodies

Training of Police, Judiciaries, Prosecutors

Global Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for police officers and members of law enforcement agencies


UNESCO and the International Police Association (IPA) unveiled a new partnership to build skills among police and security personnel in upholding freedom of expression and protecting journalist safety. The partners will launch a global Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) open to police all around the world.

UNESCOs MOOC on AI and the Rule of Law


Judicial systems worldwide are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) on an increasing basis: analyzing large amounts of legal data to identify precedents in case law, enabling administrations in streamlining judicial processes and supporting judges with predictions on issues including sentence duration and recidivism scores are just a few examples on how AI can impact the daily work of judicial operators.

To register for the course, please visit: www.judges.org/ai-rol

For Journalists

UNESCO Chair on Journalism and Communication of the Al-Farabi Kazakh State University will develop four MOOCs under the IPDC project "Journalism education and training platform" based on the following courses UNESCO/IPDC:

Permanent link: http://en.unesco.kz/journalism-under-digital-siege-world-press-freedom-day-2022