Press

News In Brief 23 April 2018

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UNESCO award for Dawit Isaak 'sign of hope' to free imprisoned Eritrean journalist

An imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish journalist who was arrested in a crackdown on the media in September 2001 and was known for his critical and insightful reporting has been chosen to receive a prestigious United Nations prize dedicated to promoting press freedom.

'Radio provides accessible, real-time medium to bridge divides,' UNESCO says on World Day

Radio has never been so dynamic, engaging and important in the midst of deep change in ways to share and access information, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, World Radio Day.

UN human rights chief expresses concern about Viet Nam's crackdown on blogger

The United Nations human rights chief today expressed concern about a growing crackdown by the Government of Viet Nam on human rights defenders, including the arrest this week of popular blogger and Government critic Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known online as Mother Mushroom.

In crisis, Venezuela is “cracking down” on its media

Venezuela is “cracking down” on media workers during a time of economic and political crisis and failing to meet its obligations under international human rights law.

That’s according to David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.

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Yemeni journalist’s death in air strike deplored by UNESCO

Deploring the death of Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli, who was killed by shrapnel in an air strike in Sana’a, the capital, the United Nations agency responsible for defending media freedom today called on all sides in the strife-torn country to ensure the safety of all journalists.

UN Gender Focus: African women, women in media and equality through education

African women “more effected” by climate change

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'We need to find a way to live together,' says UN chief in special plea for tolerance

Making an impassioned appeal for tolerance, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for understanding among all communities to heal the tensions within societies – a particularly poignant plea following yesterday's horrific attack on the staff at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and in the face of ongoing sectarian violence across Africa's Sahel region being fuelled by Boko Haram.

UN mourns slain French cartoonists

The United Nations agency tasked with defending freedom of expression, in solidarity with France, today joined the country in mourning those killed in the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.

UNESCO condemns killing of journalists in the Philippines and Syria

The head of the United Nations agency in charge of defending press freedom condemned today the recent murders of journalists in the Philippines and Syria and called on authorities to investigate the crimes thoroughly.