Joint Statement on the Safety of Journalists in support of a forthcoming Austrian government Resolution on Safety of Journalists, which is expected to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2012.
Journalists play a special role in society as providers of information on matters of public interest. To preserve the important role of journalists is in the interest of the society as a whole. To guarantee their safety is inextricably linked to the universal, inalienable right to freedom of expression and press freedom. Measures to limit the freedom of expression and press freedom can only be taken in strict accordance with human rights instruments.