Lithuanian journalists trained for reporting from conflict zones
/ Updated: 2017.06.07 10:22
On 5 June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), organized training for Lithuanian journalists reporting from conflict zones or for journalists who report on conflicts.
When welcoming the participants, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius stressed that Lithuania attached great importance to the safety of journalists in conflict zones.
“Journalists reporting from conflict zones are doing important jobs – communicating with the public and raising public awareness of human rights abuses. Journalists contribute significantly to the prevention of armed conflict, the prevention of human rights violations and investigation into them. Therefore, the countries have a duty to ensure their safety,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister.
Lithuania consistently speaks up in favour of strengthening international standards in the field of freedom of expression and safety of journalists. Thanks to Lithuania’s efforts, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) adopted journalists’ safety guidelines in 2011, and the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on the protection of journalists, media professionals and associated personnel in armed conflicts in 2015. Journalists’ safety is one of the key priorities of Lithuania’s candidacy campaign for the UN Human Rights Council for the term 2022–2024.