Media experts stress the need to enforce laws to protect journalists

Media experts stress the need to enforce laws to protect journalists

Media experts and journalists stressed the need and importance of activating international laws that protect journalists and ensure press freedom and the safety of journalists.
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Media experts and journalists stressed the need and importance of activating international laws that protect journalists and ensure press freedom and the safety of journalists.

Speaking at a panel session on media freedom and journalists right, at the international conference held under the title “Freedom of Expression: Facing up to the Threat” organized by National Human rights Committee in Doha, Jaber Bin Shafaa Al Marri, Editor in-Chief of DCMF website, stressed the need to activate the international laws to protect journalists and freedom of expression, and  called on media freedom defenders to work together ensure the protection of journalists and the enforcement of the international laws that punish and prosecute violators and prevent the impunity of perpetrators.

Bin Shafa'a said that there are serious challenges facing freedom of expression and press freedom, as journalists continue to face serious violations to their rights around the world.

 “The international conference organized by the National Committee for Human Rights in Qatar will support efforts that promote freedom of expression and information, and allow constructive discussion and exchange of ideas and proposals that will meet the challenges and risks facing journalists," said Ben Shafah

He added that the Doha Center for Media Freedom will continue to carry on its mission and commitment to protect and support journalists around the world and monitor the violations against media freedom and journalists.

Bin Shafaa stressed the importance and need to enhance international law to protect journalists and free media,  saying that enforcing such law remain the biggest challenge for organizations working in this field. The laws that have been formulated and fortified by international resolutions are constantly violated, areas of war and crisis and in stable countries as well.

Bin Shafaa presented numerous recommendations that would help protect  freedom of expression and press, including enabling  international mechanisms for the protection of freedom of expression and the implementation of their provisions, raising awareness among media professionals, combating government restrictions on press freedom, and encourage journalists and  media outlets  to improve the quality of journalism and to respect the ethics of journalism.

On his part, Dr. Mustafa Souag, Director General of the Al Jazeera Network, spoke about the challenges facing Al-Jazeera journalists, in particular, saying that they continue to face various kinds of violations in many countries.

Mostefa Souag said that he believed the Middle East would be a totally different place today without the work of Al Jazeera.

He stressed that journalists around the world need protection and that media outlets should take their responsibilities in ensuring the safety of their journalists and providing them with essential training before sending them to conflict zones.

 “Al-Jazeera network puts the lives of journalists and their safety first, and provide them with essential training before sending them to conflict zones”, he said.

 

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