UNESCO highlights need for safety of foreign correspondents

UNESCO released a report on the safety – and increasing threats to it – for foreign journalists. The report at the end of July 2021 emphasized the crucial role of foreign reporting and the specific threats and political hostility that have been particularly visible during the Covid 19 pandemic.

The report was co-written by Meera Selva of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and William Horsley, AEJ media freedom representative and international director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield.

Horsley notes that “threats faced by journalists who report across international borders represent an existential challenge to people’s right to live in free and democratic societies. State authorities, lawmakers and civil society actors everywhere must ensure that breaches of international rules protecting the safety and work of journalists have real-life consequences. This is one of the most urgent tasks of our time.”