UN / MEDIA FREEDOM AMAL CLOONEY

25-Sep-2019 00:02:15
Human Rights Activist and Lawyer Amal Clooney today said, “abuses of media freedom around the world are stifling speech and shredding the very fabric of democracies,” adding "if democracy, as we know it, is to stand a chance of survival, we need leaders who believe in liberal values to step up.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

25 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Amal Clooney, Human Rights Activist and Lawyer:
“Abuses of media freedom around the world are stifling speech and shredding the very fabric of democracies. No state is perfect, and no region is untouched. But if democracy, as we know it, is to stand a chance of survival, we need leaders who believe in liberal values to step up.”
4. Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Amal Clooney, Human Rights Activist and Lawyer:
“It is clear to me that although more than 170 States have signed up to the international treaty in which they promise to protect free expression, the international system that is supposed to enforce this promise is broken. We know this because record numbers of journalists are being abused across the world through vilification, threats, surveillance, imprisonment, even murder and because all too often, the abusers are governments themselves.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amal Clooney, Human Rights Activist and Lawyer:
“Targeted sanction regimes to impose serious financial consequences on State officials who abuse media freedom; enhanced counselor assistance to journalists who are detained abroad; the deployment of an international team to investigate attacks on journalists when the States authorities are unwilling or unable to act; a commitment to increase transparency so that we know when a journalist is arrested and we can get into a courtroom when they are being put on trial; and a system of visas for prosecuted journalists who need to seek safety abroad.”
8. Wide shot, conference room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Amal Clooney, Human Rights Activist and Lawyer:
“I hope we can help to switch the default from impunity to accountability, and that we will witness the consistent use of targeted sanctions when journalists are prosecuted or killed. I hope that we can begin to shine a light on what is happening in the dark so the sunlight can play its role as disinfectant.”
10. Wide shot, conference room
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Human Rights Activist and Lawyer Amal Clooney today said, “abuses of media freedom around the world are stifling speech and shredding the very fabric of democracies,” adding "if democracy, as we know it, is to stand a chance of survival, we need leaders who believe in liberal values to step up.”

Speaking today (25 Sep) in New York on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, Amal Clooney, human rights activist and lawyer said, “it is clear to me that although more than 170 States have signed up to the international treaty in which they promise to protect free expression, the international system that is supposed to enforce this promise is broken.”

She explained, “we know this because record numbers of journalists are being abused across the world through vilification, threats, surveillance, imprisonment, even murder and because all too often, the abusers are governments themselves.”

The human rights activist and lawyer also listed new tools to help protect media freedom.

She said, “targeted sanction regimes to impose serious financial consequences on State officials who abuse media freedom; enhanced counselor assistance to journalists who are detained abroad; the deployment of an international team to investigate attacks on journalists when the States authorities are unwilling or unable to act; a commitment to increase transparency so that we know when a journalist is arrested and we can get into a courtroom when they are being put on trial; and a system of visas for prosecuted journalists who need to seek safety abroad.”

Clooney reiterated, “I hope we can help to switch the default from impunity to accountability, and that we will witness the consistent use of targeted sanctions when journalists are prosecuted or killed. I hope that we can begin to shine a light on what is happening in the dark so sunlight can play its role as disinfectant.”

The event called “Media Freedom – A Global Responsibility” was organized by the Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nation.
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