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.

13.11.2018 4 min read

Brazil: Report shows journalists and communicators are killed with impunity

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13.11.2018 1 min read

The cycle of silence: Impunity in murders of communicators in Brazil

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13.11.2018 10 min read

Open letter: Civil society urge global governments to support resolution to protect human rights in Iran

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13.11.2018 3 min read

Event: Turkey’s continuing crisis – Freedom of expression and the rule of law under threat

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12.11.2018 4 min read

Turkey: Kafkaesque Taraf trial confirms extent of Turkey’s lack of rule of law

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06.11.2018 7 min read

Myanmar: Open letter to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on detention of Reuters journalists

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02.11.2018 4 min read

MENA: NGOs call for action to stop impunity for crimes against journalists

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02.11.2018 8 min read

Cambodia: CSOs call on authorities to step up the fight against endemic impunity

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Ending impunity for crimes against journalists
02.11.2018 22 min read

Ending impunity for crimes against journalists

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