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Press freedom more important than ever, as UN condemns killing of 59 media workers

At least 59 media workers have been killed this year, four of them women, the UN said on Wednesday, in a call to stand up for access to information and factual reporting “as a public good”.

News in Brief 23 December 2020

  • Fears grow over pre-election violence close to Central African Republic capital 
  • Press freedom more important than ever, says UN body, condemns killing of 59 media workers 
  • Rights expert: Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court of appeals’ must consider minority rights  
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Misinformation and COVID-19

As the world fights the deadly COVID-19 pandemic – the most challenging crisis we have faced since the Second World War – we are also seeing another epidemic -- a dangerous epidem

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Media can play ‘pivotal role’ bringing a divided world together

Emily Kasriel, editor of the BBC's Crossing Divides web series, spoke with UN News’s Natalie Hutchison in the SDG Media Zone during the General Assembly high level week.  

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Lack of media diversity an ‘effect of slavery’, BuzzFeed beauty director

As the beauty director of digital media giant BuzzFeed, Essence Gant makes sure its content is inclusive and sensitive – helping to balance representation and reflect diversity. Highlighting lack of diversity as a “direct result of the effects of slavery that we're still dealing with”, Ms. Gant told UN News's Ana Carmo what media needs to do to change the narrative.

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Communities need ‘vibrant, independent and free press’ to safeguard democracy: UNESCO

Marking World Press Freedom Day on Friday, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is launching a campaign highlighting the vital role journalists play in maintaining a healthy democracy. Speaking to UN News’s Li Zhang, UNESCO media chief, George Papagiannis, underlined that “communities need to have a free, independent and vibrant press” so that citizens can “participate intelligently in their civic duties” especially when it comes to election time.

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A free press is ‘cornerstone’ for accountability and ‘speaking truth to power’: Guterres

At a time when disinformation and mistrust of the news media is growing, a free press is “essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights”, said the UN Secretary-General, in his message for World Press Freedom Day, marked on Friday.

70 years of reporting from the UN: celebrating the ‘the first draft of history’

On Monday, a new photography exhibition was officially opened in Geneva that celebrates the work of journalists over the last 70 years or so. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Nina Larson, President of the Association of UN Correspondents in Geneva (ACANU), describes what it’s like writing the “first draft of history” day in, and day out. 

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Attacks on women journalists on the rise, online and off – UNESCO

Over the past 15 years there has been “a marked increase” in cyber harassment, making the safety of women journalists a major issue for reportage in today’s digital era, participants highlighted Thursday at a United Nations event.

'Conflicting trends' see journalists under fire as global struggle for media freedom continues

Just because more laws are being passed protecting media freedom across the world, it doesn’t mean that governments will respect them, or allow citizens to use them.

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