‘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.