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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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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Tuesday 26 January 2010, 16:20
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...
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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