Recommendations for a free press worldwide

23.11.2012 - 10:20

On the eve of International Day to End Impunity, United Nations organized a two-day conference on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalistswas the main subject of the discussions. Media organizations such as WAN-IFRA proposed some recommendation on how to better protect journalists.

The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalistsaims to create a safe work environment for journalists and media workers worldwide. The meeting focused on how the UN’s plan can be implemented at regional and local level. “We are delighted that the United Nations recognizes that more needs to be done to ensure that journalists can carry out their work without fear of attack,” said Larry Kilman Deputy CEO of WAN-IFRA. “The key for the success of this plan will rest on the degree of cooperation from UN member states, who carry the responsibility of tackling a culture of impunity by bringing the attackers and killers of media professionals to justice. We hope the UN’s approach will contribute to more engagement from national authorities” said the Deputy CEO.

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum, along with the International Press Institute (IPI) and the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield (CFOM) proposed recommendations on how to better protect journalist. The recommendations know also as “London Statement” were endorsed by 40 media organisations at a meeting in London in October. The “London Statement” condemns violence, killings and attacks against journalists. Furthermore, the Civil society organizations proposed their recommendations for a free press worldwide.