Building peace in the minds of men and women

UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity

The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity aims to create a free and safe environment for journalists and media workers, both in conflict and non-conflict situations, with a view to strengthening peace, democracy and development worldwide. Its measures include, among other undertakings, the establishment of a coordinated inter-agency mechanism to handle issues related to the safety of journalists as well as assisting countries to develop legislation and mechanisms favourable to freedom of expression and information, and supporting their efforts to implement existing international rules and principles.

To further reinforce prevention, the UN Plan of Action recommends working in cooperation with governments, media houses, professional associations and NGOs to conduct awareness raising campaigns on a wide range of issues such as existing international instruments and conventions, the growing dangers posed by emerging threats to media professionals, including non-state actors, as well as various existing practical guides on the safety of journalists.


UN Plan of Action (EN, FR, ES, RU, CH, AR, DE, PO)

See the brochure (EN, FR)

Resource Kit for UN Staff: "The UN and the Safety of Journalists" (EN)

Morris Tidball-Binz, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

Irene Khan, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

Reem Alsalem, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences