UNESCO chief voices ‘grave concern’ over death of jailed journalist in Turkmenistan

The head of the United Nations organization entrusted with defending freedom of expression and the press today voiced “grave concern” over the death in jail of a Turkmen journalist and called on the authorities of the former Soviet Central Asian country to investigate the circumstances and try those responsible in the event of foul play.

From the fire of battle to the trenches of poverty, UN marks Press Freedom Day

From the deadly front line of the war in Iraq to the subtler trenches of the battle against poverty, the United Nations marked World Press Freedom Day today with awards, exhibitions, and clarion calls for the protection of journalists after a year that saw a record number of media professionals killed or injured in the line of duty.

On eve of Press Freedom Day, UN Iraq envoy urges end to deadly toll of reporters

In a message ahead of World Press Freedom Day in a country where more than 70 journalists have been killed in the past three years, the top United Nations envoy in Iraq today called on the new Government to reaffirm its commitment to protect the right of journalists to do their work free from intimidation and threats.