In the last two years, more than 50 journalists per year were killed while doing their work in war-torn areas. And increasingly caused the deaths of terrorists in one way or another where camps are targeted seeking out journalists as hostages and victims.
According to the statement made by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan who issued on the occasion of the UN Freedom of Expression Day, the red marks across the world today. This year, the United Nations decided to make the relationship between terrorism and freedom of the press to the theme of press freedom day.
“Terrorism threats on media freedom and independences can be carried out both directly and indirectly. Too often includes terrorism attacks on journalists and publishers, including killings, abductions, torture and bombings of media offices, “it said in the statement that Kofi Annan has issued together with the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Mary Robinson, and UNESCO Secretary General Koichiro Matsuura – “In the world press of freedom day we must once again say that press freedom is an inalienable dimension of the broader freedom of expression like it is every person’s innate right and one of the foundations for the progress of mankind,” concludes the statement.
In addition to Syria, it is dangerous to be a journalist in Somalia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico and Brazil. Here, as in many other places we still consider that the murders are only slightly investigated and the perpetrators prosecuted. As long as the authorities allow attacks on journalists to the extent that we see today, it is impossible to get these abuses stopped.
In Central Asian countries like Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, it is a general rule that journalists are murdered, imprisoned and tortured or exiled all so effectively that it kills any approach to a free press.
It’s not just about murder, but also to a much larger number of arrests, where Turkey has arrested journalists in bunches and at times the country had more than 70 journalists remained in prison while hundreds were waiting for a dubious trial. Even closer within the EU community we have noted the new constitutional clauses in Hungary including experienced action on press freedom, and if Hungary may be allowed, there is not a long way to several countries in the region that will follow. This is why it is so important that EU politicians not only rhetorically, but also in action makes it clear that it is the wrong way.
* Journalists under pressure in Southeastern Europe
Officially, freedom of the press has existed in Southeastern Europe for 20 years. But in reality, politics and business often exert undue influence on the media. The economic crisis has made the situation even worse. (03.05.2013)
* We live in two realities’ in Ukraine
Well-known Ukrainian journalist Mustafa Nayem talks with DW about the difficult working conditions for the press in his country. (03.05.2013)
* Turkish journalists imprisoned as ‘terrorists’
In an interview with DW, Turkish journalist Ragip Duran accuses his country’s government of imprisoning journalists without a sentence. (02.05.2013)
* Freedom of expression under threat in Europe
On the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, PEN International is warning about developments in Europe. Vice President Sascha Feuchert is particularly worried about Turkey and Hungary. (15.11.2012)
* Concerns over Internet censorship in Russia
Russia’s political opposition is active on the Internet, but maybe not for long. A new youth protection law allows the blocking of websites – and that could take critical opposition sites off the web. (13.11.2012)
Who will reveal the hidden truth?
United Nations is actually on the lookout for this oblique development and reality’s world may quickly turn into manipulation’s world which can be seen in a status where only 14% of the world’s countries have a total freedom of expression, according to their respective constitutions.
Many journalists already said “enough is enough” which is a worrying trend – the falsehood shall have the free opportunities to a greater extent and thus democracy is in danger of collapsing under the brutal rulers insane brains.
the rulers can be who-as-any – politicians, officials and cynical banks that have close links with the conspiracy which sees people as if they were sheep ruled by their own sheep herders.
The protectionism spreads at lightning speed and this phenomenon we have seen before when the manger has run out of money as well as the following consequences – anarchy and war!