Journalists at Risk: How diplomatic missions can effectively protect journalists and safeguard media freedoms

Side event on the margins of the 54th session of the UN Human Rights Council

3rd October 2023, 17:00-18:00

Room XXV, Palais des Nations

As we celebrate this year the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, freedom of opinion and expression, and its corollary media freedom, remain crucial for the realization of other human rights. Yet, everywhere, attempts to silence journalists and media workers can be witnessed with persisting killings and detention targeting them, as well as growing attacks online and offline, legal harassment and increasing surveillance. In this context, diplomatic missions have a key role to play to protect journalists around the world. A toolkit developed by the Community of Democracies, and recently updated with the support of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, aims at raising the awareness of States and diplomatic missions on the actions they can take to protect journalists at risk.

The hybrid event will serve to present the toolkit as well as to discuss media freedom as a key pillar of democracy and how diplomatic missions can be pivotal to protect journalists on the ground.

Please see event’s agenda below