safety of journalists

Press freedom more important than ever, as UN condemns killing of 59 media workers

At least 59 media workers have been killed this year, four of them women, the UN said on Wednesday, in a call to stand up for access to information and factual reporting “as a public good”.

Life or death challenges of a major TV broadcast union in the COVID era

How do you keep the cameras rolling as a member of one of the biggest TV broadcast organizations in the world, in the middle of a global health crisis?

That’s been the challenge for Liz Corbin, Head of News at the European Broadcasting Union, a public service provider, whose members' programmes reach more than a billion people in dozens of countries.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson in Geneva to coincide with the World Press Freedom Conference 2020, she explains how it became necessary to push back against efforts to politicise the pandemic, while also ensuring that “life or death” information reached all those anxiously looking for it.

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Journalism under fire: UNESCO raises alarm over surge of attacks on media workers covering protests

Clampdowns on the media have increased sharply in 2020, the UN cultural agency said on Monday, highlighting 21 protests around the world this year in which State security forces have violated journalists’ rights.

Yemen: Human rights violations against journalists, coming ‘from all quarters’

Unparalleled rights violations and abuses against journalists are being carried out by all parties to the armed conflict in Yemen, the UN human rights chief said on Thursday

News in Brief 3 August 2020

  • No coronavirus ‘silver bullet’
  • Crisis-resilient supply chains needed
  • ‘Gunpoint censorship’ cannot go unpunished
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News in Brief 20 January 2020

  • WHO-backed study outlines benefits of quitting smoking prior to surgery
  • UNESCO laments impunity for journalist killings
  • Top humanitarian officials urges continued support for occupied Palestinian territory
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