A Day Without News?

An Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan, AP reports.

Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly, according to an AP Television freelancer who witnessed the shooting.

Kathy Gannon, the reporter, was wounded twice and is receiving medical attention. She was described as being in stable condition and talking to medical personnel.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to family, colleagues and friends.

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February 22nd 2014, marks the one year anniversary of A Day Without News? and two years since the deaths of our colleagues Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in Homs, Syria. 

 

It was their deaths at the hands of the Syrian Authorities that inspired us to launch the campaign to lobby for more support for our colleagues.

We set three objectives and with your support and that of our community we have achieved a great deal in just one year.

We ask you to continue to help us raise awareness and support our goal to end impunity and bring perpetrators to justice.

Register your support here.

Our thanks to our colleagues at CPJ and RSF

Watch the UN Secretary-General's message of support for A Day Without News?.

 

UN Panel on Protection for Journalists in Conflict Zones

‘We all suffer when freedom of information is stifled’ - UK Ambassador to the UN Sir Mark Lyall Grant. 

A number of important issues were raised during a UN panel convened today to discuss the safety of journalists working in conflict zones. The Security Council representative from Australia made the point that most victims of attacks on the press are local journalists, not foreign reporters.  UNESCO’s Irina Bokova reported that more than half of female journalists who responded to a UNESCO survey had experienced sexual harassment while working.

More information from the panel coming soon.

Support From Culture Secretary Maria Miller

Our thanks to the Culture Secretary Maria Miller who has given her support and said:

“If truth is said to be the first casualty of war then the important role that journalists play in conflict zones cannot be under estimated.

“These brave individuals risk their lives to reveal the fighting, the atrocities and even the genocides that continue to be inflicted upon people around the world.

“Last year saw a shocking rise in the number of journalists being killed and this campaign is a timely reminder of the terrible cost people pay to bring us news of war.

“I urge everyone to back A Day Without News? and to consider how much worse conflicts would be if no-one was watching.”