(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - 9 June 2010 - ARTICLE 19 submitted an oral statement at the Panel Discussion on Journalists in Armed Conflict at the UN Human Rights Council's 14th session.
In the statement to the Human Rights Council on 4 June, ARTICLE 19 emphasised that journalists around the world have been subject to very serious attacks in situations of armed conflict and other violent circumstances. It is a human rights issue that "deserves more focussed attention and action by the Human Rights Council."
"Too often, a culture of impunity surrounds attacks on journalists. The denial of journalists' human rights during conflicts leads to a 'chilling effect' on journalists' freedom of expression, impedes the public's 'right to know' and is a significant restraint upon the media's role as a watchdog on the state," said Sejal Parmar, Senior Legal Officer, ARTICLE 19, in her address to the Human Rights Council.
ARTICLE 19 urged states to properly implement their existing obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law to protect journalists in conflict situations.
Read ARTICLE 19's statement:
un_protection_of_journalists_in_armed_conflict.pdf (49 KB)