It is our honor and pleasure to host you at the Jerusalem Press Club, in our first conference on Freedom of the Press: Old Commitments, New Challenges.
Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, many resolutions have been adopted, trying to safeguard the freedom of the press and the safety of journalists covering combat zones and areas of conflict. Nevertheless, these measures are often contravened by repressive governments, who do not allow freedom of speech or freedom of the press, while other countries impose rigorous censorship laws. Furthermore, the safety of journalists working on dangerous assignments is not always guaranteed, even if international law provides adequate protection on paper, and In 2014 alone, 97 journalists have been killed while trying to carry out their duties. The recent terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris and the beheading of journalists by IS only highlighted the seriousness of the problem.
With these grave developments in mind, we decided to invite to Jerusalem, from all around the world, leading journalists with experience in covering war zones, editors and publishers, representatives of organizations working to safeguard freedom of the press and the protection of journalists, government officials and scholars. During the conference you will examine case studies, review existing charters on the freedom of the press and the protection of journalists, discuss ways and means to improve the existing situation, and will conclude with resolutions which will be presented at other world forums. This unique gathering will also give us an opportunity to salute distinguished individuals, who have paid dearly while trying to uphold the values of free press.
I wish you a fruitful conference, and I urge you not to miss the opportunity to enjoy the charms of our beloved city, Jerusalem.
Uri Dromi, JPC Director
And the team of the Jerusalem Press Club
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