press freedom

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.

UNESCO chief deplores killing of another Filipino journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of Philippine journalist Aresio Padrigao, the sixth media professional to be murdered in the South-East Asian nation this year.