UN adopts a new resolution for safety of journalists

A new resolution on the safety of journalists was adopted by consensus at the UN Human Rights Council on 6 October 2020. The resolution was led by a cross-regional core group of Austria, Brazil, France, Greece, Morocco, Qatar, and Tunisia, and co-sponsored by over 70 countries from all world regions, signalling strong international commitment to end all attacks, reprisals and violence against journalists worldwide.

This is the first Human Rights Council resolution on the safety of journalists since the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings’ investigative report into the extraterritorial murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was published.