This Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) event, supported by the Justice for Journalists Foundation, will examine the safety risks faced by journalists searching for the truth against powerful interests. The event will focus on what steps can be taken to help prevent attacks on journalists, increase their security and find ways to deter those who would wish to stop their work through violent means. It will examine the main obstacles faced by those attempting to investigate violent crimes against journalists.
The event will examine the UK Government’s emerging initiatives on protecting journalists and the role of international mechanisms and strategies such as the Council of Europe’s Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.
It will look at the role international civil society and media can play to help expose, pressure and potentially bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against journalists, both in their countries and internationally.
IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union) Room, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA (Please note this is a room change from what was originally advertised)
Maria Ordzhonikidze, Director of Justice for Journalists Foundation
Rebecca Vincent, UK Director of Reporters Without Borders and FPC Research Fellow
Lord George Foulkes, Council of Europe General Rapporteur on media freedom and the safety of journalists
Professor Philip Leach, Director, European Human Rights Advocacy Centre
Chair: Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, former Culture Secretary and FPC Political Council Member
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