The Czech Republic participated in the Security Council debate on protection of journalists
19.07.2013 / 00:33
The Czech Republic participated in the Security Council open debate on Wednesday, 17 July 2013. Under agenda item Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, the Council discussed the issue of protection of journalists. In his statement, the Deputy Permanent Representative, Mr. David Červenka, chargé d'affaires, a.i., paid tribute to journalists, freelancers and other media workers for their dedicated work informing the public about happenings all over the world, often at great personal risk.
While noting activities of the UN Human Rights Council in this regard, he underlined the commitment of the Czech Republic to promote and defend freedom of expression and information for all. He also reminded UN Member States of their responsibility to protect journalists in conflict under existing provisions of International Humanitarian Law.
The open debate was organized by the US presidency of the Security Council for the month of July in follow-up to previous Council sessions on related topics, namely in December 2006 and February 2013. Interventions by the Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson and four eminent representatives of the media opened the debate, in which 44 UN Member States and the Representative of the European Union took part.
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