Global Media Freedom Conference: new pledges not credible without action, say press freedom groups
10 July 2019
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and 32 other press freedom and media development organisations met in London in advance of the Global Media Freedom Conference on 10 July to call on all participating states to ensure the protection and safety of all journalists and media workers in compliance with their existing obligations and international standards.
The group, representing and working with hundreds of thousands of journalists and media workers, said new pledges will only be credible if states immediately:
- Released all imprisoned journalists;
- Stop killing, attacking and denigrating journalists;
- Investigated and prosecuted all murders of journalists.
The group demanded that all states held themselves and their counterparts accountable and showed demonstrable progress. Several states attending the conference have journalists in prison and unsolved murders. The group put forth 11 recommended commitments for states attending the Global Media Freedom Conference, hosted by the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada.
Jeremy Dear, IFJ deputy general secretary, who is attending the conference, said: "As governments meet in London, instead of more words, journalists demand action. Today states could release hundreds of jailed journalists, states could take action to prosecute all those who murder, attack and harass journalists. No more empty pledges, we need action."