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.

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UN: End humanitarian catastrophe in the occupied Gaza Strip

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Event: Free speech implications of the ICJ South Africa v. Israel case
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Event: Free speech implications of the ICJ South Africa v. Israel case

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UK: Protect media freedom and free Julian Assange

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​​Senegal: Protect freedoms during democratic crisis

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Thailand: Release journalists unconditionally
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Thailand: Release journalists unconditionally

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