On November 16, 2020, The High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom released their report authored by the Honourable Irwin Cotler, Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Canada. In his opening remarks, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau emphasized the importance of the Panel’s work in promoting media freedom. The Report examines State practices on consular assistance for journalists at risk and recommends consular protection by States where they reside, and are being hosted, emphasizing that the international community should be protective of journalists’ rights, and not look on while violations occur. The Report was endorsed by all Members of the Panel, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, among other entities.
The High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom is an independent body that was convened by the Chair Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury at the request of the UK and Canadian governments. The High-Level Panel comprises a diverse group of leading lawyers from around the world, including the Deputy Chair, Amal Clooney, the IBAHRI Director Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Professor Dario Milo and Catherine Anite.
The launch was organized by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, which is the Secretariat to the High Level Panel, as part of the Global Conference for Media Freedom 2020, co-hosted by Canada and Botswana.
Watch the event here.