As part of this visit, a letter from the Fahmy Foundation and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression's President Alice Klein formally requesting the appointment of a UN Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists was presented to Ambassador Rosemary McCarney.
The need for a Special Representative is critical as threats to journalists increase around the world. According to Reporters Sans Frontieres, 787 journalists and media professionals were killed on the job in the last 10 years, including 77 in 2015.
The Fahmy Foundation has joined a worldwide coalition of NGOs, media outlets, and journalists by supporting the initiative for the creation of a Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary General for the safety of journalists.
According to Reporters Sans Frontieres, this “is an urgent issue for all those who want to end violence against reporters and defend access to information around the world”.
This coalition is urging the United Nations and its Member States to give this position the “political weight, capacity for rapid action and legitimacy” to coordinate UN efforts for the safety of journalists. The goal is to enforce international law and reduce the number of journalists killed every year.
In addition to presenting this initiative, Mohamed Fahmy also discussed the Fahmy Foundation's Protection Charter with Ambassador McCarney.
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