After pressure from campaign groups such as A Day Without News? (ADWN), the UN Security Council will today be holding an open debate on the protection of journalists in conflict situations.
Attacks on journalists and media personnel were condemned in Security Council Resolution 1738, passed in December 2006, but in a media briefing announcing the debate, acting US ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo said that since 2006 “worldwide violence against journalists has worsened and there has been a particular increase in murders and imprisonment arising from conflict situations”.
Speaking at the debate will be Associated Press executive editor Kathleen Carroll, vice chair of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalist and AP executive editor; Mustafa Haji Abdinur, a Somali journalist from Radio Simba and Agence France Presse; Iraqi journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad of the Guardian; and NBC’s Richard Engel.
The council will be briefed by U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and the debate will be webcast live from the UN’s webtv channel at 10am EST.