MEDIA NOTE: UN Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: Protection of Journalists

New York, NY
July 16, 2013

As president of the UN Security Council this month, the United States will convene an open debate to focus on the protection of journalists in armed conflict this Wednesday, July 17, 2013, beginning at 10:00am. This session will provide Security Council members the opportunity to demonstrate the Council’s support for journalists in armed conflict, while learning about and considering the frequency of acts of violence against journalists and associated media personnel in many parts of the world.

In addition to a briefing from UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, the Security Council will receive briefings from Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC; Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, Associated Press and Vice Chair, Committee to Protect Journalists; Mustafa Haji Abdinur, Correspondent, Agence France-Presse; and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, foreign correspondent, The Guardian. This session will mark the first time that journalists will brief the Security Council in their capacity as media professionals.

The briefing will be webcast live at

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PRN: 2013/120