Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Gaza: A Truce At All Costs?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Brazzaville ceasefire talks deliver fragile deal

Read more

FOCUS

Sluggish tourist season in Crimea

Read more

ENCORE!

Bartabas : Mixing Christ with Spanish music and dancing horses

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Shifts in the propaganda war waged between Israelis and Palestinians

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French MPs face quandary in pro-Palestinian rallies

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut

Read more

#TECH 24

Mind the Gender Gap : getting more women into the tech sector

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Bolivian children: heading to work aged 10

Read more

  • Live: France says missing Algerian plane 'probably crashed'

    Read more

  • 51 French nationals aboard missing Algerian plane

    Read more

  • Deadly Israeli strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Pope meets with Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy

    Read more

  • Algerian jet vanishes: 'We should eliminate the missile hypothesis'

    Read more

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to easy victory in 18th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament elects moderate Kurd as president

    Read more

  • US, European aviation agencies lift travel restrictions to Tel Aviv

    Read more

  • No end to fighting until Israel ends Gaza blockade, Hamas says

    Read more

  • Two foreign women shot dead in western Afghanistan

    Read more

  • At least 60 killed in attack on prison convoy near Baghdad

    Read more

  • Cycling is ‘winning the war on doping,’ says expert

    Read more

  • Ceasefire agreed for Central African Republic

    Read more

  • Can Jew-kissing-Arab selfie give peace a viral chance?

    Read more

  • Botched Arizona execution takes nearly two hours

    Read more

Americas

UN chief leads outrage over journalists killed on the job

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-05-03

UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed anger over a rise in the number of journalists killed in the line of duty at a World Press Freedom Day event on Thursday. The UN estimates that more than 60 journalists were killed in 2011.

AFP - UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Thursday led international outrage at the growing number of journalists killed in the line of duty amid widespread calls for greater protection for reporters.

Ban told a World Press Freedom Day event at the UN headquarters that journalists now face "dire threats" and highlighted that more than 60 were killed in 2011.

Amid international tributes to journalists such as Marie Colvin of the United States and Remi Ochlik of France who were killed in the Syrian protest city of Homs in March, some press freedom groups say this year could see an even worse media death toll.

© American war reporter Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik were killed in Homs on February 22.

Farhan Jeemis Abdulle, a radio reporter, was shot dead by gunmen in Somalia on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, police said. Abdulle was the fifth Somali journalist gunned down this year.

The UN secretary general said "countless" reporters "face intimidation, harassment and censorship at the hands of governments, corporations and powerful individuals seeking to preserve their power or hide wrongdoings and misdeeds."

"Impunity for those who attack or threaten journalists remains disturbingly prevalent -- including for assaults carried out in broad daylight, delivering the most brutal of messages.

"Such attacks are outrageous. I call on all concerned to prevent and prosecute such violence," Ban said.

Reporters Without Borders said that 22 reporters and six bloggers and "citizen journalists" have already been killed since the start of the year.

According to Reporters Without Borders, five journalists have been killed in Somalia this year, four in Syria -- including Colvin and Ochlik -- two each in Bangladesh, Brazil and India, and one in Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand.

The UN General Assembly held a minute's silence for journalists killed for their work.

"The first quarter of 2012 has clearly shown that the world's predators of the freedom to inform, led by Syria's Bashar al-Assad and Somalia's Islamist militias, are capable of behaving like outright butchers," Reporters Without Borders said.

The press freedom group also said that more than 280 journalists and bloggers have been imprisoned this year, including 32 in Eritrea, 30 in China and 27 in Iran and 14 in Syria. But five have been detained in Azerbaijan, which is the UN Security Council president for May.

Ban and press freedom groups have sought to stress the role of the media, and particularly the new social media, in covering the uprisings in Libya, Egypt and Syria over the past 18 months.

"Those new voices and new modes of communication have helped millions of people gain, for the first time, the chance at democracy and opportunities that had been denied to them for so long," Ban said.

Several governments also highlighted the role of the press from which they so often come under attack.

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague said the media death toll this year was "appalling".

"Today we remember them all, including Sunday Times Journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik, who died bringing us the truth about what is happening to the people of Homs," Hague said in a statement.

France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppe also paid tribute to Ochlik and two other French reporters and photographers killed in the Arab uprisings. But he also highlighted the case of Romeo Langlois, a France 24 broadcast journalist, abducted in Colombia last weekend.

The Freedom House rights group said the Middle East and North Africa experienced "dramatic if precarious gains" in press freedom last year after the uprisings. But it added that Bahrain and Syria launched "harsh media crackdowns" as part of government crackdowns on uprisings.

The group said that China, Russia and Iran have kept a tight grip on the media by detaining critics and shutting down media outlets.
 

Date created : 2012-05-03

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Kidnapped French journalists held hostage for eight months

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Bodies of Marie Colvin, Remi Ochlik arrive in Paris

    Read more

  • SYRIA - FRANCE

    French journalists land in Paris after Homs ordeal

    Read more

COMMENT(S)