UN High Commissioner prepares protection model for journalists

The Technical Mission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Oacnudh) in Bolivia has launched a cycle of workshops and consultations in the main departmental capitals to develop a model of prevention, protection and justice for journalists and media professionals.

The work of the Technical Mission is led by Advisor Guido Ibargüen, who started a dialogue with journalists affected by attacks, union leaders from the cities of La Paz and El Alto and representatives of journalists’ associations this Thursday, September 2nd.

The workshop includes a review of the international standards for the protection of journalistic work and the Political Constitution of the State (CPE) in the chapters on freedom of expression and rights to protect information work.

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The proposal evaluates work on disseminating reports of attacks and training journalists and officials normally held responsible for attacks (police).

The analysis takes into account legal support for journalists and the training of judicial officers who are aware of lawsuits against journalists and the media.

During the workshops, they discuss the importance of creating a national mechanism independent of the government to defend and protect journalists who are exposed to attack, pressure and other interference with their information work.

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