-November 4, 2019, news/comments.
UN-The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonia Guterres has warned and reiterated the incessant attacks on Journalists all over the world, noting that it is a bad omen that must be curbed. He said this on Saturday, in a message to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, Guterres’s message further reads:
“Societies as a whole pay the price’’ when journalists were targeted. “Freedom of expression and free media are essential to fostering understanding, bolstering democracy and advancing our efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal
The UN Secretary-General however wondered why journalists who are doing their legal duties are victims of intimidation and arrest“In recent years, however, there has been a rise in the scale and number of attacks against the physical safety of journalists and media workers”
“There are also growing incidents infringing upon their ability to do their vital work, including threats of prosecution, arrest, imprisonment, denial of journalistic access and failures to investigate and prosecute crimes against them. “The proportion of women among fatalities has also risen, and women journalists increasingly face gendered forms of violence, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault and threats,’ he noted’
that the society would continue to loose woefully if journalists are not
protected to inform them of their government’s activities and decision-making.
“Without journalists able to do their jobs in safety, we face the prospect of a
world of confusion and disinformation. “On this International Day to End
Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, let us stand up together for
journalists, for truth and for justice,’’ he concluded.
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