UN / JOURNALISTS PROTECTION

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Following an Arria Formula meeting of the Security Council on the issue of protection of journalists, Ireland’s Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason said, “journalists are civilians, journalists are key to sustainable peace and to upholding democracy, and journalists should never, ever, ever, be the targets.” UNIFEED


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DATELINE: 24 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

24 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Irish Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason walks up to podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ireland:
“Journalists are civilians, journalists are key to sustainable peace and to upholding democracy, and journalists should never, ever, ever, be the targets.”

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4. Close up, reporter taking notes

24 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ireland:
“In many situations in the Security Council’s agenda, journalists continued to be attacked. Less than two weeks ago in Jenin, in the occupied Palestinian territory, Shireen Abu Akleh was killed while wearing a blue press vest and a helmet. Journalists reporting on Russia's war against Ukraine have been targeted or silenced. In Afghanistan last year, the Taliban takeover saw the space for a free press diminished overnight, with women in particular bearing the brunt.”

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6. Close up, reporter taking notes

24 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ireland:
“We want to stand in solidarity with journalists and media workers. And we want to draw attention to the active responsibility of the Security Council to protect journalists and to implement Security resolution 2222.”
10. Pan left, Byrne Nason walks away

STORYLINE:

Following an Arria Formula meeting of the Security Council today (24 May) on the issue of protection of journalists, Ireland’s Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason said, “journalists are civilians, journalists are key to sustainable peace and to upholding democracy, and journalists should never, ever, ever, be the targets.”

Byrne Nason said, “in many situations in the Security Council’s agenda, journalists continued to be attacked,” and noted that “less than two weeks ago in Jenin, in the occupied Palestinian territory, Shireen Abu Akleh was killed while wearing a blue press vest and a helmet.”

Journalists reporting on Russia's war against Ukraine, she said, “have been targeted or silenced.”

In Afghanistan, she added, “the Taliban takeover saw the space for a free press diminished overnight, with women in particular bearing the brunt.”

The Ambassador said Ireland wants “to stand in solidarity with journalists and media workers” and “to draw attention to the active responsibility of the Security Council to protect journalists” and to implement Security Council resolution 2222.

Resolution 2222 was adopted on 27 May 2015 recognizes that the work of journalists, media professionals, and associated personnel often puts them at specific risk of intimidation, harassment and violence in situations of armed conflict, and reaffirms that parties to an armed conflict bear the primary responsibility to take all feasible steps to ensure the protection of affected civilians, including those who exercise their right to freedom of expression by seeking, receiving and disseminating information by different means, online as well as offline.
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