press freedom

Conviction of Filipino journalist ‘a new low’, says independent UN expert

The conviction of prominent Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has been described by an independent UN expert as “a new low in the Philippines’ protection of the freedom of expression” and “the ability of an independent media to function in the country”.

World Press Freedom Day

Journalists and media workers are crucial to helping us make informed decisions.

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‘No time to blame the messenger’ warns UN rights chief, amidst media clampdowns surrounding COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has spawned new threats to press freedom in some countries, according to the UN human rights chief, who declared on Friday that “credible, accurate reporting is a lifeline for all of us”.

Iran: BBC and other broadcast journalists harassed; families threatened – UN experts 

Threats, unlawful surveillance and harassment by the authorities, are just some of the concerns facing journalists in Iran, prompting a group of independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday, to once again sound the alarm.

News in Brief 27 January 2020

  • Societies must unite against ‘global crisis of antisemitic hatred’
  • Libya: UN report urges accountability for deadly migrant attack
  • UNESCO chief demands justice for killing of Iraqi reporters
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News in Brief 22 July 2019

  • ‘Deep sadness’ at passing of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano
  • UN peacekeeping in Mali boosted with addition of 250 UK troops
  • UNESCO chief condemns killing of Afghan radio journalist
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News in Brief 3 June 2019

  • Catastrophic’ healthcare costs that put mothers and newborns at risk
  • UNESCO chief condemns journalist killing in Chad
  • Canada exhibition set on awakening need for sustainability
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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.