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.

21.09.2018 3 min read

Uganda: Continued harassment and arbitrary arrest of journalists must end

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21.09.2018 5 min read

HRC39: Oral statement on the adoption of Russia’s UPR outcome

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UN must translate words into action on journalists’ safety
20.09.2018 7 min read

UN must translate words into action on journalists’ safety

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19.09.2018 4 min read

HRC39: Oral statement on violations to the rights of indigenous communities in Mexico

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Myanmar: Respect freedom of expression, free jailed journalists
17.09.2018 5 min read

Myanmar: Respect freedom of expression, free jailed journalists

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HRC39: What’s at stake for freedom of expression?
10.09.2018 15 min read

HRC39: What’s at stake for freedom of expression?

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Bahrain: 127 rights groups call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab
29.08.2018 15 min read

Bahrain: 127 rights groups call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab

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24.08.2018 5 min read

Uganda: Vicious crackdown on protest, journalism, and opposition around by-election

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23.08.2018 8 min read

NGOs raise concerns about Bahrain’s human rights mechanisms in case of Hassan Mushaima

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