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.

11.12.2017 6 min read

Turkey: Second hearing in show trial of Zaman writers and staff

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11.12.2017 14 min read

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08.12.2017 1 min read

Turkey: Expert opinion on charges against Şahin Alpay

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EU: act to end Turkey’s abuse of criminal justice system against journalists and writers
07.12.2017 5 min read

EU: act to end Turkey’s abuse of criminal justice system against journalists and writers

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07.12.2017 6 min read

Turkey: Academics for Peace trials violate free expression

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Malaysia: Cartoonist Zunar barred from travel and facing new investigation
30.11.2017 4 min read

Malaysia: Cartoonist Zunar barred from travel and facing new investigation

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New ARTICLE 19 metric measures global threats to freedom of expression and information
29.11.2017 7 min read

New ARTICLE 19 metric measures global threats to freedom of expression and information

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22.11.2017 5 min read

UNGA resolution renews consensus support for human rights defenders

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UNGA resolution calls for an end to attacks on women journalists
22.11.2017 20 min read

UNGA resolution calls for an end to attacks on women journalists

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