France working to protect journalists and press freedom

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (2 November 2020) – Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpt)

Paris, 2 November 2020


Championing the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression are among France’s foreign policy priorities. It was at France’s initiative that the UN declared 2 November to be the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

France pays tribute to all those who risk their lives on a daily basis to convey the reliable information that is necessary to the exercise of democracy, and to those who have died in the course of exercising their profession.

Now more than ever, France is working to protect journalists, promote an environment in which they can do their job, and end impunity for crimes committed against them. Together with its European and international partners at the UN in New York and Geneva, at UNESCO in Paris, at the OSCE in Vienna and at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, it strives to defend media pluralism and independence, the right to inform and to be informed, and the ability to express critical views online and offline, which are vital to democratic debate.

Working with the Information and Democracy Initiative launched on 25 September 2019, joined to date by 38 states, France promotes access to reliable information from free and independent media outlets, particularly in this age of misinformation./.

Published on 02/11/2020

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