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Guy Berger

Guy Berger is Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO. His remit includes the world press freedom day, safety of journalists, internet freedom, media pluralism, journalism education and grant-making by the International Programme for the Development of Communication. Before joining UNESCO, he was the Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, where he led the development of the Africa Media Matrix facility, the Highway Africa conference, and the Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership. In September 2011, he convened the Pan African Conference on Access to Information to mark the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s Windhoek Conference on a Free, Pluralistic and Independent Press. Berger has published extensively on and in the news media. He has won several awards, including the Fulbright Alumnus Award, the Fulbright African Research Fellowship Award, the Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity from the South African National Editors Forum, and the Allan Kirkland Soga Lifetime Achiever award. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Rhodes University.