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Statement by Lithuania on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic countries in the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Ms. Irene Khan

Created: 2021.10.18 / Updated: 2021.11.18 18:05
    Statement by Lithuania on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic countries in the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Ms. Irene Khan

    Statement by Lithuania on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic countries in the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Ms. Irene Khan, UN General Assembly Third Committee, 18 October 2021.

    Mr. President,

    I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and my own country Lithuania.

    We thank Ms. Irene Khan for her important work, and in particular for the report on the challenges that women face in exercising their right to freedom of opinion and expression.

    The enjoyment of the right to freedom of opinion and expression is key to the promotion and protection of all other human rights and fundamental freedoms. It is likewise essential for peace, democracy, intercultural dialogue, cooperation and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    The UN community is witness to the increasing threats to and violations of the right to freedom of opinion and expression through deteriorating security situations, repressive environment for independent media, and a shrinking space for civil society in many parts of the world. The practice of killings, arbitrary detentions, harassment, intimidation, and violence against journalists and media workers continues, as does the impunity for such attacks in numerous countries.

    We are united in the belief that the right to freedom of opinion and expression, including media freedom, is crucially important in all societies and communities to remain resilient to misinformation and disinformation, and to overcome the challenges of today. It is our duty to unite and enhance our efforts for a global response to safeguard freedom of expression and opinion, and to ensure the safety of all journalists and media workers, both online and offline.

     

    Ms. Khan In your view, what  steps should the UN take to reverse the trend of increasing violence and harassment, online and offline, against journalists and media workers in general, and female journalists in particular?

    The safety of both male and female journalists are threatened in the course of their work, women are at much higher risk of sexualized violence and online violence including doxing. 

    I thank you.

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