Free speech

Life or death challenges of a major TV broadcast union in the COVID era

How do you keep the cameras rolling as a member of one of the biggest TV broadcast organizations in the world, in the middle of a global health crisis?

That’s been the challenge for Liz Corbin, Head of News at the European Broadcasting Union, a public service provider, whose members' programmes reach more than a billion people in dozens of countries.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson in Geneva to coincide with the World Press Freedom Conference 2020, she explains how it became necessary to push back against efforts to politicise the pandemic, while also ensuring that “life or death” information reached all those anxiously looking for it.

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Rights experts call on Tanzania to end ‘crackdown’ on civic space

Tanzania should allow peaceful gatherings to take place ahead of elections in October and step back from “draconian” laws, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday.

Ban calls for free media, including on the Internet, in message to Asian forum

Access to free media is a fundamental human right, yet in many countries in Asia and elsewhere journalists risk intimidation, detention and even their lives, simply for doing their jobs, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a regional forum today in Beijing.