press freedom

UN-backed media forum calls for concrete action on murders of journalists

Broadcasters attending the United Nations-backed fourth World Electronic Media Forum (WEMF 4) have called for sustained and concrete global action to address the murder of journalists in peacetime and in war.

UN mourns passing of US television anchorman committed to press freedom

The head of the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) today paid tribute to the United States journalist Walter Cronkite, best renowned for his work as a television anchorman, who has died aged 92.

Ban welcomes release of journalist Roxana Saberi from Iranian jail

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release from an Iranian prison of journalist Roxana Saberi, who was convicted of spying for the United States, a United Nations spokesperson said today.

UN lauds Sierra Leone move to create new independent broadcaster

The United Nations welcomed Sierra Leone’s announcement on World Press Freedom Day that it will relinquish control of its state-run broadcaster, in a move to support the creation of a new, independently-governed public broadcasting corporation.

Freedom and safety of journalists must be ensured, declare top UN officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has led a chorus of United Nations officials in paying tribute to all those who work in difficult conditions to ensure the rest of the world can have access to free and unbiased information, and in stressing the need to protect their freedom and safety.