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More than 800 journalists killed in past decade, UN panel hears

Information, and the pursuit of it, is becoming more and more dangerous with over 800 journalists killed in the past decade alone.

That’s one of the headlines to emerge from a panel discussion on the safety of journalists working in the field held at UN Headquarters in New York.

The panel heard that journalists should not be treated like combatants, but seen as professionals searching for the truth, on the public’s behalf.

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More protection needed for foreign nationals facing death penalty

Countries should do more to protect their citizens facing the death penalty abroad. That’s according to a new report released by the UN’s top expert on executions.

The UN Special Rapporteur on executions, Christoph Heyns, has highlighted that hundreds of foreign nationals face the death penalty after trials that fail to reach the highest – or in some cases – even the lowest standards of fairness.