The Use of Sanctions to Protect Journalists

This the panel seeks to provide recommendations to governments on how to better protect journalists and address abuses of media freedom in line with international human rights law.

Members event, Panel Recording
13 February 2020 — 12:30PM TO 1:45PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

Attacks against journalists and challenges to media freedom are urgent and global. The sharp decline globally of democratic values which are underpinned in international values highlights the need for a free press and the necessity for states to take concerted action to protect media freedom.

The High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom is an independent body convened at the request of the UK and Canadian governments in July 2019.

Drawing on the panel’s new report, the speakers discuss the use of targeted sanctions to protect journalists and a free press.

  • Can the threat of targeted sanctions help curb the trend of increasing abuses against journalists?

  • And what legal frameworks and mechanisms will be necessary to ensure targeted sanctions achieve their goal of identifying, preventing and punishing abuses against journalists?

This event is organized in collaboration with the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute which acts as the secretariat to the High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom.

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