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New and Emerging Threats to the Safety of Journalists
On behalf of a cross-regional group of member states, that are members of the Geneva Group of Friends on the Safety of Journalists, together with ARTICLE 19, we have the honor to invite you to a Side Event on “New and Emerging Threats to the Safety of Journalists”.

A decade ago in 2012, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) consensually adopted a landmark resolution on the safety of journalists, setting out an ambitious international framework to prevent, protect and remedy all attacks against journalists. While over the past ten years, the international community has created an elaborate set of international standards, the threats faced by journalists and media workers are only growing more complex. Journalists are faced with increasingly insidious forms of legal harassment, such as strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs), from governments or wealthy private actors attempting to bankrupt and silence them. While digital technology has enabled groundbreaking investigative reporting and new models of cross-border collaboration, it has also given rise to unprecedented challenges and changes for journalists and media outlets, aggravating existing threats and creating new ones.

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression’s new report on media freedom and the safety of journalists in the digital age highlights new frontiers for the safety of journalists and provides recommendations to protect them as we look to the future.
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