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Hate-speech and the Safety of Women Journalists

02/11/2021

On the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, UNESCO, the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, the Permanent Mission of Greece, the Permanent Mission of Lithuania, and the Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists are organizing a High-level event, titled “Hate-speech and the Safety of Women Journalists”.

The event will take place virtually on Tuesday, 2 November, between 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. New York time. Following high-level opening remarks, a moderated panel discussion will aim to address why, when it comes to online violence and harassment, the gaps in properly investigating and prosecuting crimes against journalists are particularly significant.

Moderated by Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development of UNESCO, the panel will be joined by journalist Ms. Jineth Bedoya Lima via a video message. Ms. Bedoya Lima will discuss her case that recently received a historic ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, pronouncing the state of Colombia responsible for the violation of the rights to personal integrity, personal freedom, honor, dignity, and freedom of expression that the journalist suffered two decades ago. Judge Ricardo Pérez Manrique from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights will also be joining the panel via a video message to address this significant step towards ending impunity for crimes against journalists around the world. 

Furthermore, the event will provide a platform for the presentation of a Joint Statement on the Political Leaders’ Narratives about the Press, by Mr. Pedro Vaca, OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.

Prior to the panel discussion, a high-level segment will feature the participation of H.E. Mr. Nikos Dendias, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

The event will take place virtually, with a simultaneous live webcast on UN Web TV. 

Programme: 

High-Level Segment 
Opening remarks: Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations and co-Chair of the Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, H.E. Ambassador Maria Theofili

Pre-recorded Statement: H.E Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the General Assembly, United Nations 
Pre-recorded Statement: H.E Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations 
Pre-recorded Statement: H.E Ms. Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO 
Pre-recorded Statement: H.E. Mr. Nikos Dendias, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic
Pre-recorded Statement: H.E Dr. Mantas Andomėnas, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
Pre-recorded Statement: H.E. Ms. Delphine Borione, French Ambassador for Human Rights. 

Discussion with Mr. Pedro Vaca, OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression about the Joint Statement on the Political Leaders’ Narratives about the Press.

Interactive Discussion Panel
Introduction video:
Judge Ricardo Pérez Manrique, Interamerican Court of Human Rights (by video)
Jineth Bedoya Lima, Journalist at El Tiempo, Columbia (by video)

Panelists

  • Rebecca Vincent, Director of International Campaigns for Reporters Without Borders
  • Khadija Patel, Chair of the International Press Institute, Head programs International Fund for Public Interest Media
  • Silvia Chocarro, Head of Protection ARTICLE 19 

Moderated by Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development
Questions and Answers / Concluding Remarks
 

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