GENEVA / BACHELET SOMMARUGA PRESS FREEDOM

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UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet urged all countries to do more to protect journalists, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, as their work helps save lives. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / BACHELET SOMMARUGA PRESS FREEDOM
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DATELINE: 01 SEPTEMBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, UN Geneva flag alley, flags fluttering

01 SEPTEMBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, UN Geneva Room XX
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “Journalism enriches our understanding of every kind of political, economic and social issue; delivers crucial – and, in the context of this pandemic - life-saving information; and helps keep governance at every level, transparent and accountable.”
4. Close up, Michelle Bachelet in TV camera viewfinder and in rear of shot, blurred
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “When journalists are targeted in the context of protests and criticism, these attacks are intended to silence all of civil society, and this is of deep concern.”
6. Med shot, TV cameraman
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In several countries, increasing politicisation of the pandemic and efforts to blame its effects on political opponents, have led to threats, arrests and smear campaigns against journalists who maintain fact-based information about the spread of COVID-19 and the adequacy of measures to prevent it.”
8. Med shot, Press photographer taking photograph with zoom lens.
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Media reports are an essential tool for officials to quickly learn where measures are being inadequately applied and what concerns are uppermost in the public's experiences.”
10. Med shot, participants seated in Room XX.
11. Close up, TV camera viewfinder with podium speaker in rear of shot (blurred).
12. Med shot, participants wearing masks, seated, Room XX.
13. Wide shot, Room XVII, venue for Press conference with Simonetta Sommaruga, Swiss President, shows podium speakers and large TV screen above them.
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Simonetta Sommaruga, President, Switzerland:
“The freedom of the Press is not something that you just have, it’s something that you have to defend and continue to defend.”
15. Med shot, press photographer and video journalists, one kneeling to take photograph.
16. SOUNDBITE (French) Simonetta Sommaruga, President, Switzerland:
“In our country, the economic situation for the press is very, very difficult, so we are looking at ways how we can better support it, because we think that the press, the media, provides the infrastructure for democracy, and if we want this infrastructure to exist, we also need to support it, while also ensuring its independence.”
17. Med shot, cartoonist Patrick Chappatte, wearing mask, seated.
18. SOUNDBITE (French) Simonetta Sommaruga, President, Switzerland:
“We want to increase support for distribution of the printed Press, for newspapers. And the second pillar involves increasing support for radio and private TV stations. Also, support for online media that are starting something to give it, for example, some support and infrastructure. The third pillar, it’s new and I think quite innovative, it’s support for online media. There too, it’s not to support what’s written, we can do the same thing, supporting its distribution, even if online it’s a slightly different matter than for newspapers.”
19. Wide shot, press conference
20. Med shot, participants wearing masks, seated.
21. Med shot, participant wearing mask, seated.

STORYLINE:

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet today (1 Sep) urged all countries to do more to protect journalists, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, as their work helps save lives.

Speaking at an event in support of Press freedom in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights noted that around 1,000 journalists have been killed in the last decade – and that nine in 10 cases “are unresolved”.

Her comments, on the eve of the trial of alleged accomplices of extremists who killed 12 people at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in 2015, were echoed by political cartoonist Patrick Chappatte.

“We live in an open world with closed minds,” he told participants at the UN General Assembly side-event for the freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the work of the media is paramount, High Commissioner Bachelet insisted, as their reporting is “an essential tool for officials to quickly learn where measures are being inadequately applied”, and what concerns are most important to people.

Without naming them, she said that several countries had seen “increasing politicisation of the pandemic and efforts to blame its effects on political opponents, have led to threats, arrests and smear campaigns against journalists who maintain fact-based information about the spread of COVID-19 and the adequacy of measures to prevent it”.

She added, “when journalists are targeted in the context of protests and criticism, these attacks are intended to silence all of civil society, and this is of deep concern. Journalism enriches our understanding of every kind of political, economic and social issue; delivers crucial – and, in the context of this pandemic - life-saving information; and helps keep governance at every level, transparent and accountable.”

At a press conference after the event, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga echoed the High Commissioner’s concerns over threats to freedom of expression.

Even in Switzerland, where people have the opportunity to vote multiple times a year, the concept should not be taken for granted, Sommaruga explained, in response to a journalist’s question and earlier comments about the shrinking space and threats to the Press being “not always from dictators (but) also from business models.”

“The freedom of the Press is not something that you just have, it’s something that you have to defend and continue to defend.” the Swiss President maintained.

At a time when Swiss newspapers face increasing pressure from the online news sector and a declining readership, Sommaruga explained that a three-pronged approach was being implemented to help all media in the country, leaving editorial policy aside.

She said, “we want to increase support for distribution of the printed Press, for newspapers. And the second pillar involves increasing support for radio and private TV stations. Also, support for online media that are starting something to give it, for example, some support and infrastructure. The third pillar, it’s new and I think quite innovative, it’s support for online media. There too, it’s not to support what’s written, we can do the same thing, supporting its distribution, even if online it’s a slightly different matter than for newspapers.”
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