New UN resolution aims to promote protection of journalists

Mourners remember journalists attacked in Mexico during a candlelit vigil. Image from Article 19, one of the groups that spoke at the UN meeting.

Mourners remember journalists attacked in Mexico at a candlelit vigil. Image from Article 19, one of the groups that spoke at the UN meeting.

A new resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council has been approved in an attempt to promote the safety of journalists across the world by extending the laws which offer them protection from harm and persecution.

The resolution was voted on by members of the UNHRC after groups promoting the rights of journalists presented to the official body. The session was attending by several human rights defenders, as well as organisations representing journalists across the world.

The new resolution was supported by over 90 countries and will see journalists offered better protection under international law. The laws aim to prevent the assault and murder of journalists as well as authority meddling that prevents them from doing their jobs effectively.

Currently there are no solid plans on what the new protections will look like after they were voted on late last week as UN lawmakers now work to draft the laws that will be put into effect.

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