World Press Freedom Day

Press freedom critical to countering COVID-19 ‘pandemic of misinformation’: UN chief

Journalists are key to countering the “dangerous outbreak of misinformation” accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday during a virtual dialogue on promoting press freedom amid the global crisis.

Journalists provide ‘antidote’ to COVID-19 misinformation, UN chief says ahead of World Press Freedom Day

The UN Secretary-General is calling for greater protection of journalists who are providing the “antidote” to what he has characterized as a pandemic of misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 crisis.

A free press is ‘cornerstone’ for accountability and ‘speaking truth to power’: Guterres

At a time when disinformation and mistrust of the news media is growing, a free press is “essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights”, said the UN Secretary-General, in his message for World Press Freedom Day, marked on Friday.

News in Brief 03 May 2018

  • On international day, UN chief upholds ‘invaluable’ role of a free press
  • UN chief ‘optimistic’ over peace efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula
  • CAR authorities urged to investigate recent deadly violence
  • UN agencies appeal for global support to save lives in the Sahel
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News in Brief 02 May 2018

  • Rights experts issue call for media protection in Press Freedom Day declaration
  • Ninety per cent of the world breathing polluted air: WHO
  • Affordable vitamin A supplements could save millions of young lives: UNICEF
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‘Fake news’ challenges audiences to tell fact from fiction

The emergence of so-called “fake news” has created “competing versions of information and the truth,” a situation which is challenging for audiences across the world; that’s according to a senior journalist who is joining a panel of

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News in Brief 3 May 2017 (AM)

Security Council demonstrates “commitment” to UN Mission in Colombia

The UN Security Council has embarked on an official visit to Colombia to “demonstrate its commitment” to the special UN Mission established there in support of the peace process.

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Media critical to development and peace in Afghanistan: UN official

Without freedom of the press, an “informed and engaged” public would not be possible, the head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, said on Wednesday.

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