Media Freedom Coalition Statement on journalists in exile, delivered at the United Nations Human Rights Council

The following statement was delivered at the 56th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 26 June 2024, as part of Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Ms. Irene Khan.

Mr. President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition.

We thank the Special Rapporteur for her report and express our strong support to her mandate.

As the report verifies, globally increasing authoritarian trends pressure journalists and independent media outlets into exile, where they face various threats online and offline.

It is deeply distressing to read about the particular threats women journalists face in exile. We advocate for cooperation between governments, civil society, media companies and other partners to counter sexual and gender-based violence, rape threats and other means of targeting women journalists in exile.

We condemn all forms of sexual and gender-based violence and harassment, which are frequently used to silence women journalists and call upon all governments to uphold their international obligations and protect journalists.

Special Rapporteur,

In addition to recommendations for the UN and member states, the report makes recommendations for social media companies. How can the UN and member states work together to help social media platforms take up these recommendations?

Thank you!

Signed:

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Belize
Botswana
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czechia
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guyana
Honduras
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kosovo
Latvia
Lebanon
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Maldives
Montenegro
New Zealand
North Macedonia
Norway
Portugal
Republic of Korea
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine
Uruguay
the Netherlands
the United Kingdom
the United States

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