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.

Annual report 2017: Defending freedom of expression and information around the world
19.04.2018 1 min read

Annual report 2017: Defending freedom of expression and information around the world

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Six months on, London NGOs renew calls for justice for murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia
17.04.2018 7 min read

Six months on, London NGOs renew calls for justice for murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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Tajikistan: Pre-trial detention of journalist extended
12.04.2018 4 min read

Tajikistan: Pre-trial detention of journalist extended

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11.04.2018 5 min read

Russia and Azerbaijan: Serious deterioration in freedom of expression on- and offline ahead of UPR

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Event: Pursuit of justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia
10.04.2018 1 min read

Event: Pursuit of justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

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29.03.2018 8 min read

Turkey: Immediately release staff from Kurdish newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi

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29.03.2018 6 min read

Ethiopia: Joint civil society letter on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders

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28.03.2018 2 min read

Kenya: Attack on journalists adds to concerns for press freedom

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23.03.2018 5 min read

UNHRC 37: Iran must cooperate with Special Rapporteur following renewal of mandate

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