Thursday, 28 May 2015

New Security Council resolution on protection of journalist

The Security Councilhas passed a new resolution on the protection of journalists yesterday. Resolution 2222 (2015) builds on Resolution 1738, adopted on 23 December 2006, which is the only Council decision to specifically address the safety and protection of journalists, media professionals and associated personnel. The new resolution was adopted unanimously by the Council. The full text can be found here. Background on the drafting of the resolution can be found here.

In addition to the Council debate, an open debate and panel discussion was held open to all UN member states and civil society entitled "Protection of Journalists and Media Freedom - Key to Sustainable Future". The open debate was co-hosted by Lithuania and Latvia. Latvia currently holds the EU president presidency until 1 July 2015. The recording of the open debate is available here (note there are three parts). The concept note for the open debate circulated by Lithuania, the Council president in May 2015, is available here.

/ Sally