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September 14th, 2016

Call upon the UN to appoint a Protector of Journalists!

type:NGO, Petition
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Remember Omran? The five-year-old Syrian boy placed in an ambulance after a bomb attack, in shock and bleeding, rescued amid the rubble of a crumbled building?

The only reason you or I can even picture this innocent boy and know his story is because journalists risked their own lives to capture this moment and to shine a bright spotlight on the need for dramatic action in Syria to help save lives. But there’s a frightening growing trend in the journalist community – and we need your help today to reverse the tide.

In the last 10 years alone, nearly 800 journalists have been killed in the line of duty. Many more have been kidnapped, tortured or reported missing.
And when journalists die, the information that they are struggling to get out to the world, dies with them.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is leading the effort as part of a worldwide coalition of organizations to defend journalists’ lives by calling upon the UN to appoint a politically powerful Protector of Journalists, a Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists.

Journalists endure risk after risk – and sometimes pay the ultimate price with their lives to share their stories with us. Join the campaign of RSF #ProtectJournalists by signing their letter today!

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