press freedom

News in Brief 7 May 2019

  • Release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar welcomed 
  • Syria escalation being followed with “great concern” by UN Secretary-General
  • UN health agency targets 50 per cent reduction in snakebite deaths and disabilities
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News in Brief 25 April 2019

  • ‘Zero malaria starts with me’: UN health agency 
  • UN project to aid 140,000 in the Sahel 
  • ‘A dark day’ for media freedoms in Myanmar 
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UNGA meeting spotlights the ‘press behind bars’, as experts denounce record number of jailed journalists

Regularly threatened, attacked and killed, journalists are also being imprisoned in record numbers around the world, an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly highlighted on Friday. These practices undermine not only the fundamental human rights of the reporters themselves, but also the public’s right to receive and impart information, rights experts warn.

‘Standing up for our right to truth,’ UN celebrates press freedom

With journalism under increasing attack worldwide, top United Nations officials on Thursday joined a growing chorus of calls for the better protection of media workers.

Afghanistan: UN expert condemns killing of journalists as ‘attack on right to know’

A United Nations human rights expert on Tuesday strongly condemned the killing of nine journalists in Afghanistan who were among the victims of Monday’s terrorist attack in the country’s capital.

News in Brief 20 April 2018

  • Journalist deaths, kidnappings, constitute threat to Ecuador and Colombia: UN chief
  • UNHCR convoy delivers emergency aid to southern Libya town
  • Cameroon urged to stop deporting Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram
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News in Brief 16 April 2018

  • Gender-based discrimination ‘invisible driver’ of sexual violence: UN deputy chief
  • ‘No effort’ should be spared bringing killers of 3 Ecuadorian media workers to justice: UNESCO chief
  • South Sudanese opposition group releases seven aid workers
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UNESCO chief calls for investigation into killing of Nigerian photographer

The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom on Tuesday denounced the killing of a Nigerian photographer, calling for an investigation into the incident.

Rights chief Zeid to call for action on Venezuela

Democracy in Venezuela is “barely alive" and UN Member States should help prevent the situation from worsening, the UN’s rights chief said on Wednesday.

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UNESCO chief calls for probe into killing of Honduran video journalist in Mexico

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the recent murder of a Honduran journalist in Mexico.