Defending the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression, protecting journalists, and combating impunity for those who attack these fundamental principles are foreign policy priorities for France.
That is why we supported the initiative set forth in UN General Assembly resolution 68/163 establishing an International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.
Media pluralism, the right to inform or to be informed, notably on the Internet, as well as the ability to express critical views are crucial to democratic debate. Journalists and all media professionals help defend these fundamental liberties.
France works within the UN framework to ensure these principles are respected. It calls for the full implementation of resolution 1738 and resolution 2222 on the protection of journalists in armed conflict adopted by the Security Council on December 23, 2006, and May 27, 2015, respectively.
We also support the establishment of a special representative to the UN secretary-general for the protection of journalists, as the President stated at the General Assembly this past September, and we applaud UNESCO’s efforts to promote the security of journalists.