Safety of journalists and human rights defenders

Journalists and human rights defenders around the world face major risks as a result of their work. Governments and other powerful actors, seeking to escape scrutiny and stifle dissent, often respond to critical reporting or activism with attempts to silence them.

Threats, surveillance, attacks, arbitrary arrest and detention, and, in the most grave cases, enforced disappearance or killings, are too often the cost of reporting the truth. The protection of journalists and human rights defenders, and ending impunity for attacks against them, is a global priority for safeguarding freedom of expression.

States are under an obligation to prevent, protect against, and prosecute attacks against journalists and human rights defenders. Creating a safe and enabling environment for their work necessitates legal reform, the creation of special protection mechanisms, and protocols to guide effective investigations and prosecutions where attacks occur. A free press and active civil society are essential to ensure the public’s right to know, so that governments and institutions can be held accountable.

23.04.2019 1 min read

Myanmar: Supreme Court upholds conviction of Reuters journalists

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Mexico: Report shows silencing of journalists and media freedom
17.04.2019 6 min read

Mexico: Report shows silencing of journalists and media freedom

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UAE: Free prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, now on hunger strike
15.04.2019 6 min read

UAE: Free prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, now on hunger strike

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Ecuador: Immediately release software developer Ola Bini
15.04.2019 3 min read

Ecuador: Immediately release software developer Ola Bini

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Saudi Arabia: UK, US and French acceptance of secretive trial undermines calls for accountability in Khashoggi killing
05.04.2019 5 min read

Saudi Arabia: UK, US and French acceptance of secretive trial undermines calls for accountability in Khashoggi killing

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Turkey: Nobel laureates and renowned professors call for freezing collaborations amid mass trials of academics
28.03.2019 4 min read

Turkey: Nobel laureates and renowned professors call for freezing collaborations amid mass trials of academics

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25.03.2019 12 min read

HRC40: Joint NGO end of session statement

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18.03.2019 5 min read

Turkey: Release activists Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu

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15.03.2019 3 min read

HRC40: Oral statement on Myanmar’s UPR Implementation

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