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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

UN Chief Urges Nations To Stop Targeting Media And The Truth

The United Nations chief warned on the eve of World Press Freedom Day that the media is under attack in every corner of the world and urged all nations to stop the targeting of truth and those who report it, Edith M. Lederer reported for the Associated Press (AP).


Photo Insert: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the 50% increase in the killing of media workers in 2022 “unbelievable,” stressing that freedom of the press “is the foundation of democracy and justice” and it is under threat.



Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the 50% increase in the killing of media workers in 2022 “unbelievable,” stressing that freedom of the press “is the foundation of democracy and justice” and it is under threat.


At least 67 media workers were killed in 2022. In addition, digital platforms and social media have made it easier for extremists to push false narratives and harass journalists.



The UN also announced that its premier prize for press freedom has been awarded to three imprisoned Iranian female journalists “for their commitment to truth and accountability.”


The winners are Niloufar Hamedi who broke the news that 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died last September while being held by the morality police for wearing her headscarf too loosely, and Elaheh Mohammadi who wrote about her funeral. Amini’s death touched off months-long protests in dozens of cities across Iran.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

The demonstrations posed one of the most serious challenges to the Islamic Republic since the 2009 Green Movement protests drew millions to the streets. The third winner is Narges Mohammadi, who has worked for many years as a journalist and is one of Iran’s most prominent activists.





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