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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.

‘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.

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.

In 'post truth' era, leaders must defend objective, independent media, UN says on Press Freedom Day

In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations today said.

UNESCO chief deplores killing of television journalist in Afghanistan

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today spoke out against the murder of a broadcast journalist in Afghanistan's Helmand province on 4 November.