The Use of Sanctions to Protect Journalists
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.
The remit of the panel is to provide recommendations to governments on how to better protect journalists and address abuses of media freedom in line with international human rights law.
Drawing on the panel’s new report, the speakers will 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.
Professor Sarah Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights; Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
Amal Clooney, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Chair, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights; Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Canada (2003-06)
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Director, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute
Lord Neuberger, President, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (2012-17)
Maria Ressa, CEO, Rappler Online News Network
Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG, Distinguished Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House
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‘In the last three years, more than 130 journalists have been killed and 300 have been imprisoned for their work.’ . ‘Even leading democracies with strong traditions of protecting free speech are in some cases clamping down on those who publish sensitive stories.’ . ‘If world leaders are becoming more united, more determined and more innovative in finding ways to silence the press, shouldn’t we as defenders of the press do the same?’ . Today, Amal Clooney outlined recommendations from the High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom. Watch the event by tapping on the link in our bio. . 📸: @suzanne_plunkett #CHevents #AmalClooney #journalism #pressfreedom #humanrights
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