Rights of media and human rights advocates
Initiative description: Respect and help protect the rights of media representatives and human rights advocates in relation to the FIFA World Cup 2022™
Human rights defenders are a group of persons whose rights may be at particular risk due to the very nature of their work. At the same time however, the work of human rights defenders at the FIFA World Cup 2022™ is essential for human rights-related efforts to succeed. Human rights defenders bring to our attention specific human rights risks and advise on the effectiveness of measures taken. In some instances, they act as legitimate representatives of people and groups who may be affected by FIFA World Cup 2022™ activities.
Under its Human Rights Policy, FIFA affirms that it will “help protect those who advocate respect for human rights associated with its activities… [and] respect and not interfere with the work of both human rights defenders who voice concerns about adverse human rights impacts relating to FIFA and media representatives covering FIFA’s events and activities.”
In accordance with the UNGPs, the scope of FIFA’s responsibility to respect and help protect the rights of human rights defenders and media representatives includes situations where FIFA may itself cause or contribute to a potential or actual adverse impact through its own activities and where a potential or actual adverse impact is directly linked to FIFA’s activities through its business relationships with third parties. FIFA further specifies its commitments in this regard in its statement on human rights defenders and media representatives.
FIFA has integrated respect for the highest standards of press freedom in its media accreditation processes. This involves avoidance of any restrictions with regard to the content of reporting and the facilitation of visa procedures.
The constitution of Qatar provides for freedom of speech and press, and a new press law has been drafted in line with the constitution in relation to this.