For a Protector of Journalists
"I agree on the importance of the proposal for a special representative on journalist safety, within the Office of the United Nations Secretary General."
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO - February 5, 2016
"I support Reporters without Borders in its demands that the UN should appoint a special representative responsible for overseeing issues concerned with the safety of journalists. Correspondents must be protected against attacks and I’m sure that a special representative could accomplish a great deal if given a clear and strong mandate."
Cilla Benkö -Swedish Radio's Director General - March 11 2016
" I believe that safety of reporters covering worldwide conflicts and raising awareness by reporting on everyday atrocities and human rights violations needs to be enhanced and better guaranteed.
Therefore, I intend to publicly state my support to the initiative to appoint a Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the safety of journalists. "
Prof. Dr. Vesna Pusic, Deputy Speaker, Croatian Parliament
"A UN Special Representative for the safety of journalists working closely with the UN Secretary General would have political weight and legitimacy to advocate for and implement changes needed to protect press freedom and our courageous journalists."
Diane Foley, mother of Jim Foley, President/Founder of The James W. Foley Foundation
"It is an urgent needed action in light of the current harsh and unprecedented situation the world's media and journalists are facing."
Faisal Mohamed Salih, Journalist, Media Freedom Activist
Director of Programs, Teeba Press, Khartoum, Sudan
"Freedom of the media is a core value of the EBU but that freedom cannot be protected unless journalists are able to carry out their work without the threat of harassment and physical danger. We are therefore keen to add our voice to the calls for a UN Special Representative that will have the political weight, legitimacy and capacity for rapid action to help protect journalists worldwide."
EBU President, Jean-Paul Philippot
"There has been a lot of discussion about protecting journalists and combatting impunity over the years but media workers continue to be killed. INSI supports the campaign for a UN Special Representative to focus efforts for the safety of journalists."
Sue Inglish, Chair INSI UK
“We strongly support the Reporters Without Borders campaign for the United Nations to appoint a Special Representative responsible for the safety of journalists. This impunity for the killing of journalists in many parts of the world has to stop."
Professor David Robie, director of the Pacific Media Centre and editor of Asia Pacific Report, Aotearoa/New Zealan
Adil Soz - International Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech
Afghanistan Journalists Center
Albanian Media Institute
Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain
Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers
Association of Independent Electronic Media
Bahrain Center for Human Rights
Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism
Cambodian Centre for Independent Media
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Cartoonists Rights Network International
Committee to Protect Journalists
Gulf Centre for Human Rights
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union
Independent Journalism Center - Moldova
Index on Censorship
Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety
International Publishers Association
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
Media Foundation for West Africa
Media Institute of Southern Africa
Media Rights Agenda
Pacific Freedom Forum
Pakistan Press Foundation
Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms - MADA
PEN American Center
South East European Network for Professionalization of Media
Vigilance pour la Démocratie et l’État Civique
West African Journalists Association
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters - AMARC
World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers