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

 


Iraq: after reporters’ murder, free press is vital

Iraq: after reporters’ murder, UN envoy warns free press is vital for democracy

Condemning the recent murder of three Iraqi journalists, the top United Nations envoy in Iraq warned today that freedom of the press was an absolute prerequisite for democracy in a country that has become the most dangerous place in the world for journalists.

More than 70 journalists have been killed on duty in Iraq since the war began three years ago.

“Journalists should be granted security and freedom of speech so they can perform their duties,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi said, calling on Iraqi security authorities to fully investigate these crimes and bring the perpetrators before the law.

Prominent journalists killed over the last three weeks include Mohsen Khodeir, editor-in chief of the weekly Alef Baa, Amjad Hamid from Al Iraqia TV and Monsef Al Khaldi reporter at Baghdad Satellite TV.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), whose mandate includes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom, also condemned the latest murders.

“The level of brutality in Iraq has reached appalling proportions,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement. “It is essential for the consolidation of democracy and rule of law in Iraq that the authorities do all in their power to improve the safety of media professionals in the country.”

In the latest of his frequent condemnations of the murder of journalists around the world that he has issued in recent months, Mr. Matsuura today also condemned the murder of a Mexican freelance press photographer shot dead last week in the state of Michoacán.

Jaime Arturo Olvera Bravo, a former correspondent for the Morelia-based daily La Voz de Michoacán, was shot by an unknown gunman while waiting for a bus with his five-year-old son. His son was not hurt. Mr Olvera provided photographs and crime tips to local media on a free-lance basis.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports that four Mexican journalists have been killed in direct reprisal for their work in the last five years and that another reporter has been missing since last April and is feared dead.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Israeli Soldier Kills PA Minister At Non-Violent Protest

Yesterday, an Israeli soldier killed Palestinian Authority (PA) Settlment minister, Ziad Abu Ein, at a non-violent demonstration in the village of Turmusaya. More>>

ALSO:

  • Palestinian Centre For Human Rights - Ban on Palestinians claiming compensation against military
  • Pakistan School Killings

    GENEVA (16 December 2014) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday condemned what he described as “an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack on defenceless children” at a co-educational school ... More>>

    ALSO:


    Sobering Data On American's Apathy About CIA Torture

    Despite a scathing report on torture, a majority of survey respondents approve of the CIA's grisly methods. More>>

    Sea Shepherd Intercepts Toothfish Poachers

    Yesterday, at approximately 2152 AEDT, the Sea Shepherd conservation ship, Bob Barker, intercepted the illegal fishing vessel Thunder, at 62 15’ South, 81 24’ East, inside the CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) ... More>>

    The White House: Charting A New Course On Cuba

    We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent that live in the United States, and the 11 million Cubans who share similar hopes for a more positive future for Cuba. More>>

    ALSO:


    Journalist Most Recent Victim Of Israeli Military

    Bashar, a journalist from Palestine TV, was shot in the left leg at Kufr Qaddum on Friday the 5th of December 2014. More>>

    ALSO:

  • Palestinian Centre For Human Rights - Swiss government’s bid to convene a summit on Palestine
  • UN News - UN-backed reconstruction efforts continue in Gaza
  • UNICEF Mobilizes To Reach People Affected By Typhoon

    As Typhoon Hagupit wreaks havoc through the Philippines, UNICEF is acting quickly to support the Filipino government’s response to the emergency, providing lifesaving supplies and services for children and women in the areas hardest hit by cyclone-force ... More>>

    ALSO:

  • FAO - FAO praises government for early typhoon warnings
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news