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UN/safety of journalists

Published on November 27, 2013
Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Paris, November 26, 2013

I welcome the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of a resolution on the safety of journalists.

It calls on states to prevent acts of violence against journalists, with due regard for their independence, and to combat impunity for the perpetrators of such acts.

At France’s behest, the resolution names 2 November the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. The date was chosen in tribute to Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, murdered in Mali on 2 November 2013.

It is our responsibility to do our utmost, in their memory, to ensure that such crimes against the fundamental freedom to inform and be informed do not go unpunished./.

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