We were concerned to learn of the conclusions of the latest annual report by Reporters sans Frontières, which noted that around the world, 65 journalists had been killed and 326 journalists were imprisoned due to their professional commitments.
Hard hit with the Charlie Hebdo attack on January 7, 2015, France works to protect journalists and the freedom of the press.
Indeed, within multilateral bodies (the Security Council, General Assembly, Human Rights Council, and UNESCO, within the UN framework; the Council of’ Europe; the OSCE), we promote this fundamental liberty and fight impunity for crimes targeting journalists. We urge in particular the full implementation of Security Council resolutions 1738 (2006) and 2222 (2015) on the protection of journalists in armed conflicts. During the UN General Assembly Third Committee meeting, in 2017, France directly contributed as co-author to negotiations to adopt the resolution on journalists’ security and the fight against impunity. It currently supports establishing a mandate for a special representative for the protection of journalists, as President Macron noted in September during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.
By exercising their profession, journalists are defending our freedom.