For Protectors 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

"We must make all journalists, including the photographers and visual journalists who bring us images from the front lines, more secure to do their vital work. For that we need practical measures to counter the dangers they face, and this is why the World Press Photo Foundation actively supports the call for a Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Protection of Journalists"

Lars Boering, Managing Director, World Press Photo Foundation


(WAN-IFRA network)

IFEX members

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

Freedom Forum

Freedom Foundation

Freedom House

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

Media Watch

Mizzima News

Norwegian PEN

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

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