Free Press and Rights of Journalists

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was formed on November 16, 1945. The core role of UNESCO is to coordinate international cooperation on education, science, culture and communication with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for its projects.

Although UNESCO cannot enforce their decisions, policies or recommendations, the agency relies on the cooperation and participation of its member states and the practical support of other UN agencies. UNESCO’s fundamental role is the agency’s responsibility to provide guidance to its members in the best practices and to share expertise to achieve the similar aims of the SDGs.

This committee discusses and analyzes the many conflicts surrounding free speech and journalist rights. Worldwide, these rights are being revoked, and it is an ongoing problem in society. Countries such as North Korea, China, and many others are putting forth new policies which suppress journalism and speech as a whole.

Background Guide

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Chair: Lucas Sirovich

Hi! I'm also a junior at Fieldston and this is my third year doing MUN. Outside of school, I play chess with Sam and Peter, and I'm on the basketball team. 

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Chair: Sam Gold

Hi! I'm a junior at Fieldston and this is my third year doing Model UN. Outside of school, I like playing chess with Peter (left).

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Crisis Director: Daniel Sagarna

Hey! My name is Daniel Sagarna and I am a junior at Fieldston and this is my second year doing MUN. Outside of school, I like playing chess, video games and running.