Andrea Cairola

fellow

Faculty Associate

Andrea Cairola is a journalist and an expert in international cooperation in the field of media development and promotion of freedom of expression. His didactic activities include teaching video-journalism at the School of Journalism of the Catholic University of Milan as well as in other academic settings and in grass-root projects. He holds a first advanced degree in Economics at the Bocconi University of Milan, a MA in International Journalism from the City University of London, and a certificate as Media Law Advocate by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy of the Oxford University. He has participated to several conferences/academic-seminars in Europe and Asia on issues related to journalism and information; as well as he contributed, edited or reviewed publications about comparative media law, press freedom, investigative journalism, Internet and society, and freedom of information. Since 2012, he is holding the position of “Communication and Information Adviser” at the Beijing Office of UNESCO, the United Nations agency with the mandate to promote free flow of information. For UNESCO, he also worked based in Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan and in the “Freedom of Expression Division” at the Paris-headquarter, dealing with media-development and press freedom in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Balkans and the Transcaucasian countries and in other conflict/post-conflict/transition environments. Andrea also worked as a print and broadcast journalists, authoring video contributions aired on "Report" and "Presadiretta", prime-time investigative programmes on the Italian public broadcaster RAI; producing and hosting a current-affairs TV series for Current Tv Italy; collaborating with national newspapers and magazines such as La Stampa, D di Repubblica, and Il Fatto. In 2003, he has written and co-directed the award-winning documentary Citizen Berlusconi, produced by a pool of European and US public service televisions and aired in more than 20 countries around the world. He has participated to several conferences/academic-seminars in Europe and Asia on issues related to journalism and information; as well as he contributed, edited or reviewed publications about comparative media law, press freedom, investigative journalism, Internet and society, and freedom of information.