CFOM in new initiative to protect journalists

The Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) has taken part in the launch of a global initiative to strengthen protections for working journalists across the world.

CFOM – a research centre based in the Department of Journalism Studies – teamed up with the Council of Europe, the United Nation Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the European Lawyers Union to promote journalists' safety at a seminar in Strasbourg last week.

Violent attacks on journalists are on the increase in many parts of the world. The seminar, which took place at the European Court of Human Rights on 3 November, aims to enforce and upgrade legal protections for journalists everywhere, whose safety and security is threatened because of their work.

The event also marked the first official UN International Day to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which was declared by the UN's General Assembly in December 2013.

Practical support

William Horsley of CFOMCFOM's International Director, William Horsley (right), said: "Together with our partner organisations, CFOM aims to give practical support to international efforts to reverse the global trend of growing violence against journalists and impunity, where national authorities fail to prosecute and punish those responsible for such attacks.

"Frameworks of legal protection vary greatly between different regions of the world, and the seminar will see representatives from intergovernmental organisations and regional human rights courts in Europe, the Americas and Africa coming together with leading lawyers and NGOs to advance efforts to develop a consistent framework of protection and eradicate impunity."

More about the seminar