On 10th September Jackie Harrison UNESCO Chair on Media Freedom, Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity participated in a Seminar on media freedom hosted by the British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union at the Palace of Westminster, London.

The Seminar brought together parliamentarians from a wide array of countries and other key stakeholders to discuss parliament-driven solutions to issues affecting the ability of journalists to report freely without fear of reprisals.

Jackie’s panel on “Ending Impunity” was chaired by Rt Hon. John Whittingdale OBE MP.

It reviewed national and international attempts to bring those who have murdered journalists to justice and considered how the rates of impunity can be reduced. Importantly, the panel explored parliamentarians’ ability to use their powers of scrutiny to ensure countries call out those who abuse the rights of journalists.  

Other panel speakers were Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau Director, Reporters Without Borders,  Matthew Caruana Galizia, Investigative Journalist and son of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Barrister specialising in human rights and media law.

Visit the British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union website for more information about the seminar.