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Professor Ivor Gaber

University of Sussex – Professor of Political Journalism

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An Accredited Expert, Professor Ivor Gaber represents the UK government on the IPDC, the UN body dedicated to supporting media and communication in developing countries.

An independent media consultant and the first Professor of Political Journalism at the University of Sussex, Ivor Gaber is an elected member of UNESCO’s inter-governmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

An expert practitioner, teacher and researcher in political journalism, Professor Gaber has been widely published, is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences worldwide, and has devised and run training courses and media projects for journalists in new and post-conflict democracies in Africa, Asia and Europe.

In addition to former academic roles at Goldsmith’s London and the University of Bedfordshire, Ivor’s previous experience as a reporter, producer and programme editor spans the major news channels including BBC TV and Radio, ITN, Channel Four and Sky News and national newspapers. He is currently an election consultant for ITV News and has advised UK Government departments, the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Described by Guy Berger (UNESCO’s Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development) as ‘the father of the United Nations Plan to protect journalists’, Pofessor Gaber has made a major contribution to the work of the UN and is a passionate advocate of freedom of expression.

#Institution

University of Sussex
Professor of Political Journalism

SINCE 2019

#Alma-Matter

University of London
MA, PhD..

1955 – LONDON

#Role at UNESCO

IPDC – International Programme for the Development of Communication

SINCE 2006

QUOTE

“On one hand I am deeply honoured to represent the UK on such an important international body that defends, and seeks to extend, media freedom; on the other hand I am saddened that such campaigning is still required.”

Professor Gaber, Speaking of his re-election to the IPDC

All accredited experts within our network are elected onto a specific international committee or programme within UNESCO’s framework

ROLE AT UNESCO

Professor Ivor Gaber, represents the UK government on the IPDC, the UN body dedicated to supporting media and communications in developing countries

Institutions

University of Sussex
Professor of Political Journalism

SINCE 2014

Goldsmith, University of London
Emeritus Professor of Broadcast Journalism

SINCE 2014

Media Sector UK
Broadcast Journalist

SINCE 2019

Role at UNESCO

UK Representative on the IPDC – International Programme for the Development of Communication

SINCE 2006

COMMISSION

UKNC Representation: IPDC – International Programme for the Development of Communication

ESTABLISHED 1998 – PARIS, FRANCE

An Intergovernmental Council composed of 39 member states is elected by UNESCO’s General Conference, taking into account the need to ensure equitable geographical distribution and appropriate rotation. The Council normally meets in a regular plenary session once every two years. Extraordinary sessions may be convened as specified in the Council’s Rules of Procedure.

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SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK

Read some of Ivor’s published work on our website, as well as other material, news and articles

LATEST

INTERNATIONAL DAY International Migrants Day 18.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 18 We celebrate the International Migrants Day on December 18. READ MORE BELOW MIGRANTS DAY Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nicola Fioravanti, UNESCO Migration is a global phenomenon driven by many forces. These start with aspirations for…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Persons with Disabilities 03.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 3 We celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. READ MORE BELOW DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nathan Anderson, Arisa Chattasa. The annual observance of the…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 29 We celebrate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29. READ MORE BELOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE Photo credit, from top to bottom: Ahmed Abu Hameeda, Cole-Keister.…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 25 We celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. READ MORE BELOW END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Photo credit, from top to bottom: United Nations, Karl…
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QUOTE

“I hope that when my term of office expires, the IPDC can turn to prioritising other pressing media issues, not least the growing problem of the spread of fake news.”

Professor Gaber, Speaking of his re-election to the IPDC

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