UNESCO promotes freedom of expression and freedom of the press and fosters media independence and pluralism by providing advisory services on media legislation and by making governments, parliamentarians and other decision-makers aware of the need to guarantee free expression.
In the past decade, more than 1000 media professionals have been killed in the exercise of their profession. There is a worrying tendency of increased political pressure in many countries. UNESCO promotes freedom of the press as a basic human right. It regularly protests acts of violence against members of the press.