New pledges not credible without action, say press freedom groups

On 9 July, 33 press freedom and media development organisations met in London in advance of the Global Media Freedom Conference to call on all participating States to ensure the protection and safety of all journalists and media workers in compliance with their existing obligations and international standards. 

The group, representing and working with hundreds of thousands of journalists and media workers, said new pledges will only be credible if States immediately:

  • Release all imprisoned journalists; 
  • Stop killing, attacking and denigrating journalists;
  • Investigate and prosecute all murders of journalists. 

The group demands all States hold themselves and their counterparts accountable and show demonstrable progress. Several States attending the Conference currently have journalists in prison and unsolved murders.  

The group put forth 11 recommended commitments for States attending the Global Media Freedom Conference, hosted by the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada.

Read the recommendations

Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom


Association of European Journalists

Centre for Freedom of the Media

CFI, French Media Development Agency

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Commonwealth Journalists Association

DW Akademie

English PEN 

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Freedom House

Free Press Unlimited (FPU)

Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP)

Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

Global Voices 

Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)

International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

International Media Support (IMS)

International Press Institute (IPI)

International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)


Media Diversity Institute

Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)

Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA)

PEN America

PEN International

Reporters Without Borders

Rory Peck Trust

Samir Kassir Foundation – SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom

South Asia Media Defenders Network

World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)


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