4. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt entering news conference with Amal Clooney and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland
4. Hunt, Clooney and Freeland seated for news conference
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Amal Clooney, international human rights lawyer: ++AUDIO AS INCOMING++
"It's an honour to be asked to assist on this important and ambitious campaign to protect journalists and freedom of the press today. We are here because it's never been more dangerous to report the news. According to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, in the last five years we've seen the highest number of journalists imprisoned than in any time since their records began almost three decades ago, the highest number as well of journalists who've been reported missing, and we also know of many situations where journalists are not just dying because the walk into conflict zones unarmed for the most part, but actually because they've been targeted for assassination for their work. Among the five countries where this is happening at the highest rates are two of the world's largest democracies, India and Brazil. This is also happening in Europe where in recent years, we've seen the murder of journalists in Malta and Slovakia. And six months ago, as of course has been mentioned, the Washington Post journalists was brutally murdered and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul."
6. Wide of news conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Foreign Minister: ++AUDIO AS INCOMING++
"Now is a moment when open societies, when liberal democracies are facing real threats. I think probably greater threats than at any time in my lifetime inside our own liberal democracies. And we're seeing a real effort in many parts of the world, and even around the world, to undermine the whole notion of an open society, to undermine the idea of liberal democracy. We believe that it's essential for liberal democracies to push back and those of us who appreciate the absolute importance of liberal democracy need to really start taking some concrete action to defend open society and to defend liberal democracy."
9. News conference
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Hunt, British Foreign Secretary:
"Well, I think the G7 is very very important. We all have very regular contacts with Mike Pompeo (US Secretary of State) anyway, but it's a very important grouping (the G7) because it is the world's leading democracies, and therefore we have an alliance of values inside the G7, and certainly the UK in terms of our role, whether it's Brexit or no-Brexit, we have always thought the G7 is an extremely important forum and we'll continue to do so."
11. Hunt, Freeland and Clooney leaving press conference
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Friday launched a media freedom campaign alongside international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney from the sidelines of the Group of Seven foreign ministers' meeting in the French Atlantic resort of Dinard.
They said the issue was of global importance, especially in the wake of the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October last year, the deadliest year on record for journalists.
Clooney will be Hunt's Media Freedom special envoy and chair a panel of legal experts that will offer advice to governments who want to strengthen journalists' rights.