The UN Human Rights Council adopted on 29 September 2016 a comprehensive ground-breaking resolution regarding the safety of journalists. The resolution calls on the member states to end impunity for attacks on journalists and to maintain, in law and in practice, a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work without interference.
The resolution calls upon member states to develop and implement strategies for combating impunity, including through the use of a number of good practices, and notably:
- Creation of special investigative units or independent commissions
- Appointment of specialised prosecutors
- Establishment of information-governing mechanisms such as databases on threats and attacks against journalists
- Creation of early warning and rapid response mechanisms to protect journalists
Furthermore, the resolution calls on the member states to release journalists and media workers who have been arbitrarily arrested or detained. It calls upon member states to pay particular attention to the safety of journalists during period of elections and to ensure that measures to combat terrorism do not unduly hinder the work and safety of journalists.
The adopted text of the resolution is available here.