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THE ROLE OF THE JUDICIARY AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO FOSTER SAFETY OF JOURNALISTS – WHAT WORKS?
1 March 2021
For this conference, UNESCO and members of the Group of Friends on the Safety of Journalists will explore effective ways to strengthen international cooperation, such as special procedures, and the role of the judiciary – including judges, prosecutors and lawyers, as well as regional human rights courts and judicial training institutes – in fostering the safety of journalists and combatting impunity for crimes against journalists. While looking at gender dimension in each panel, a special spotlight will be shed on gender-specific and gender-based crimes and the particular challenges faced by women in finding justice. The event will also be an opportunity to highlight the importance of fostering the involvement and cooperation of Member States, UN agencies (UNESCO, UNODC, OHCHR) and regional courts to tackle the wide-ranging threats faced by journalists and the prevailing impunity for crimes committed against them.
Panel 1: Responses by national justice systems
- Kate O’Reagan (video message), Director, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford University; Former judge of the South African Constitutional Court
- Jeanette Manning, Director, NATGRI Center for International Partnerships and Strategic Collaboration. International Association of Prosecutors
- Yetnayet Desalegn, Representative of the Judicial Training Institute of Ethiopia
- Ricardo Sánchez Pérez Del Pozo, Special Prosecutor’s Office for Attention to Crimes committed against Freedom of Expression, Mexico
- Roberta Solis, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, UNODC
Moderated by: Guilherme Canela, Chief of Section, Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists, UNESCO
Panel 2: International and regional mechanisms and responses in combatting impunity
- Horace Adjolohoun, Principal Legal Officer, African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
- Baroness Helena Kennedy, Director, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)
- Irene Khan, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression
Moderated by: Guy Berger, Director, Division for Communication and Information Strategy and Policy, UNESCO
Panel 3: Spotlight on the safety of women journalists and the challenges of investigating and prosecuting gender-based violence faced by journalists
- Shiori Ito, Journalist and filmmaker
- Caoilfhionn Gallagher, Human Rights and Media Law Barrister, leading the international legal teams representing Maria Ressa and the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia
- Pedro José Vaca Villarreal, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
Moderated by: Julie Posetti, Global Director of Research, International Center for Journalists
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