World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Journalists Are Working In Growing Insecurity

Journalists Are Working In Growing Insecurity - UNESCO

After a flurry of denunciations of individual murders, attacks and kidnappings of journalists, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has voiced increasing concern at the growing insecurity in which journalists in general exercise their profession.

“Attacks targeting journalists are blows against democracy, which depends largely on the media’s ability to gather information and communicate it to the public,” UNESCO Director-General Koachiro Matsuura said in a statement. “All too often, a journalist’s mission is carried out in intolerable security conditions.”

He then cited a slew of recent incidents, including an attack against an entire group of journalists in Wana, Pakistan, when assailants machine-gunned a minibus in which several journalists were travelling, killing Amir Nawab Khan of the Associated Press Television News and The Frontier Post and Allah Noor Wazir of Khyber TV in Peshawar, the Pakistani daily The Nation and the German news agency DPA.

Those injured were Anwar Shakir who worked in Wana for Agence France Presse and Zardad Khan from Al-Jazeera television.

“No society can function in a just and satisfactory manner if it betrays basic democratic principles to this degree,” Mr. Matsuura said, calling it “an act of terrorism, aimed at forcing rare observers to flee.”

He also noted the death of Iraqi journalist Abdel Hussein Khazaal who was killed with his three-year-old son last week in Basra, southern Iraq. “When journalists are targeted, it is an attack on freedom of expression, a right guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” he said.

Mr. Matsuura condemned, too, the murder of Kate Peyton of the BBC, shot down last week outside her hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, and evoked the kidnappings in Iraq of Guiana Serena of Italy and Florence Augends of France and her Iraqi interpreter Hussein Hanoi as more dramatic examples of the media’s perilous working conditions.

UNESCO’s mandate includes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news