The newly released report World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development reveals recent changes in media freedom, independence, pluralism and journalist safety, with each of these being explored at the international level in reference to gender and global media. The report acts as the basis of a summary report, presented to the General Conference of UNESCO Member States in November 2013, acts as a summary report on the current state of press freedom and the safety of journalists.
The report shows an overarching global trend for media freedom, pluralism, independence and safety of journalists of disruption and change evoked by technology and, to some extent, the global financial crisis. The new trends have seen impacts in traditional economic and organizational structures in news media, regulatory and legal frameworks, journalism practices, and media consumption and productivity. The full report and executive summary can be accessed here: