Press Freedom





The resolution also repeats calls for the release of all arbitrarily detained journalists, and also urges States to ensure an enabling environment for journalism through legislative measures, calling for specific reforms to laws on national security, counter-terrorism, and defamation and libel, to bring them in line with international human rights standards. Notwithstanding this call being made in previous resolutions, a record number of journalists are behind bars, including in countries, such as Egypt, who cosponsored this resolution. The continued judicial harassment of journalists in Turkey, including through the abusive application of anti-terror laws, as well as persecution of the media in Cuba, must be condemned by all States who cosponsored this resolution. Notably, neither Cuba or Turkey is among the cosponsoring States.


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