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William Horsley William Horsley is the international director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media and media freedom representative of the Association of European Journalists Blog posts in total 18

  1. Pakistani journalist murder attempt flags a wider struggle for press freedom

    Thursday 24 April 2014, 16:36

    The assassination attempt last weekend on Pakistani TV anchorman Hamid Mir looks like becoming a symbol of a wider challenge to the survival of free journalism.

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  2. Jailing of al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt highlights need for new defences

    Friday 24 January 2014, 15:42

    The jailing of three al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt heralds an age of high risk for journalism and an urgent need for new defences: is help on its way?

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  3. Turkey protests are also a showdown for the media

    Tuesday 18 June 2013, 15:05

    June 2013 may go down as the month when the prime minister of Turkey lost the image of political invincibility that helped him to win three landslide elections.

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  4. Journalists in danger: signs of a breakthrough?

    Monday 20 May 2013, 15:37

    In this oppressive landscape for free expression across large parts of the world, I found signs of hope while taking part in the UN meeting to mark World Press Freedom Day and in a debate at the Frontline Club in London, on Stamping out Impunity.

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  5. Europe guilty too as World Press Freedom Day targets growing threats to journalists

    Tuesday 30 April 2013, 12:51

    World Press Freedom Day celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday 3 May. And the United Nations has decided to make protecting journalists from increasing threats of violence the key theme of this anniversary.

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  6. Global media to monitor a UN plan to protect journalists from assassination

    Friday 23 November 2012, 17:52

    On Friday the United Nations fired the starting gun for a global campaign to reverse the toll of murders and attacks on media workers which has risen alarmingly in recent years.

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  7. UN says journalists’ work is ‘in the public interest’

    Monday 1 October 2012, 14:38

    Here is some relief for much-battered journalists: after months of uncertainty and sometimes tense diplomatic negotiation, the main human rights body of the United Nations has adopted a resolutions which raises the banner of the particular role of journalists on matters of public interest.  

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  8. BBC to host global editors' meeting on life-and-death issues

    Friday 21 September 2012, 10:34

    The United Nations has recognised the growing patterns of violence and legal harassment of journalists as a pressing problem which deprives whole populations of the right to reliable information.

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  9. UN plan to protect journalists opens rifts between nations

    Wednesday 28 March 2012, 15:26

    Two years ago, after some NGOs and media organisations complained about evasion and delay, the United Nations started to focus on the task of improving the safety of journalists. And last week, the first UN plan for effective safeguards against targeted killings and attacks on journalists was put to...

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  10. UN calls on journalists to help stop the killing of journalists

    Monday 3 October 2011, 15:38

    It is high time journalists, media owners and editors stopped being passive in the face of the continued slaughter and silencing of journalists. They should demand protection for their colleagues who face violence and suppression.

    That was the surprising message from a recent United Nations meeting aimed...

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  11. BBC to remember the cost of news in human lives

    Thursday 28 April 2011, 18:26

    Journalists are by reputation busy people. Hard-bitten, cynical even. But in times like these it's obvious how much everybody owes to their courage and skill, working in war zones like Libya, and in dangerous places - especially for journalists - from Mexico to Russia.

    Next Tuesday, 3 May, is World...

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  12. UK media blind with indignation at Strasbourg court

    Monday 21 February 2011, 11:51

    The Prime Minister says he feels physically sick about letting some prisoners vote in elections, as the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) insists the UK should. And Parliament has forcefully expressed its opposition to prisoners' votes.

    David Cameron is also "appalled" at a UK Supreme Court decision...

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  13. Who cares about human rights when it's hard to get the story?

    Monday 26 July 2010, 15:52

    The 30-year Sri Lankan civil war ended last year with government forces crushing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels. Some reports say there may have been as many as 30,000 civilian casualties in the final months of the war. Calls for an international war crimes inquiry were rejected by...

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  14. A day to remember journalists killed for their work

    Friday 30 April 2010, 18:11

    This is something new: on Monday 3 May, the spring bank holiday in the UK, journalists in newsrooms in many parts of the world will stand for a minute's silence at 11am to honour other journalists who have died in the course of their work.
     
    It's an initiative of UNESCO, the lead United Nations agency...

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  15. The TV debate: a great escape for politicians

    Friday 23 April 2010, 13:33

    So they were wrong. Some of the political commentariat said the TV debates would reveal nothing and change voters' minds hardly at all. Now it's hard to deny that they've turned the election picture upside down. Or blown it wide open, at least. 
     
    For the parties, the debates are vastly magnifying...

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  16. The SOS for watchdog journalism in the UK and USA

    Tuesday 26 January 2010, 16:20

    A kind of loya jirga of the British media tribe (or tribes) just took place: the Oxford Media Convention.

    The young bloods - Google, the Tweeters and believers in 'street-level solutions' - are brazenly celebrating the birth of an era. But the tribal chiefs and elders, most of them, sounded rather...

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  17. Limits on press freedom in Europe

    Monday 14 December 2009, 13:00

    A leading Dutch newspaper editor told journalists from across Europe that his government "is trying to intimidate journalists to keep us quiet". Freedom of the press is under threat every day, he thundered. He accused the Dutch government of erecting barriers to information "thicker than the Berlin Wall...

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  18. WH test

    Monday 23 November 2009, 12:25

    WH test

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