As a prologue to the forthcoming UN General Assembly, the President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet held a panel discussion with journalists from around the world. These journalists will gave insights into their daily work, present challenges they face and proposed solutions in order to safeguard the right to freedom of opinion and expression and strengthen democracy. They called on States to respect, protect and fulfill the right to freedom of opinion and expression, in particular media freedom, and to respect their international obligations in this field while ensuring the human rights of journalists and other media workers.
- H.E. Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation.
- H.E. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Testimonies from journalists:
- Felix Marquez (online), Mexican photojournalist, recipient of the Breach-Valdez Prize in journalism and human rights.
- Bodi Hugger, Chinese journalist and president of the Assoc. of Accredited Correspondents at the UN.
- Maher Akraa, Syrian journalist and photographer in exile (supported by Reporters Without Borders).
- Gaëlle Borgia (online), Malagasy journalist and 2020 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.
- Chappatte, press cartoonist and founding-member of Cartooning for peace.
- Luisa Ballin, Vice president of the Press Emblem Campaign.
- Jamil Chade, Brazilian journalist.
- Serge Michel, Swiss journalist, Editorial Director of Heidi.news