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GENEVA: Qatar has called for a comprehensive and coordinated legal approach to provide adequate protection to journalists and bring to justice those who violate their rights, Qatar News Agency reported.
This came in a speech delivered by the Third Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the UN Office, Jassim al Ma'awda before the twentieth session of the UN Human Rights Council during which two reports on the issue of impunity for violations of journalists' human rights were reviewed.
Jassim said protecting journalists has become a major issue in light of the volatile political, economic and social environment in a number of countries and increased attacks against journalists, and pointed to the lack of ability or willingness to bring those responsible for attacks on members of the press.
Qatar calls to end impunity as one if not the main cause of the high number of journalists killed or attacked every year, Jassim said.
He said Qatar welcomes the two reports released by the UN Special Rapporteurs urging relevant state and non-state actors to secure journalists' rights by implementing and monitoring international human rights law. Bernama