Africa’s “forgotten crisis” is exacerbated by a breakdown in the media, which forces the population to live in an information blackout.
CATEGORY: United Nations
Freedom of expression and access to information included as draft UN development goals
Index welcomes the inclusion of targets for capable institutions, media freedom, and access to information by the United Nations member states now participating in the post-2015 development agenda dialogue
A club of censors at the United Nations
In a discretion well known to diplomatic circles, the United Nations so-called Committee on NGOs is meeting in New York this week. It is to select which NGOs fit the institution, Florian Irminger writes
We need a privacy rapporteur, says UN free speech boss
Frank La Rue also called for a coordinated effort from the UN human rights system to deal with the issue of privacy
Why US sanctions are a blow to free expression
If you live in Cuba, Iran or Sudan, and are using the increasingly popular online education tool Coursera, you are likely encounter some access difficulties from this week onwards. Coursera has been included in the US export sanctions regime. Milana Knezevic writes
UN makes 2 November International Day To End Impunity
A United Nations committee on human rights passed resolution on day recognising crimes against journalists
European Union to further reduce the UN human rights budget
In a joint letter to Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy and Vice-President of the European...
UN to vote on official day to end impunity
The Third Committee of the UN will take the first steps today on voting whether the International Day to End Impunity will become an official day in the UN calendar
Global development: “A matter of human rights”
Freedom of expression must be at the core of future global development, Milana Knezevic writes
Journalist’s safety key focus for World Press Freedom Day
Journalists, human rights activists and government representatives are gathered this week in San José, Costa Rica for the 20th annual World Press...
Joint declaration urges governments to safeguard freedom of expression
Freedom of expression rapporteurs launched a joint declaration encouraging states to safeguard freedom of expression against commercial and political interests during the global transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting. Brian Pellot writes from San Jose.
Journalists’ safety key focus for World Press Freedom Day conference
Journalists from around the world are marking at the 20th annual World Press Freedom Day in Costa Rica, where this year’s UNESCO-sponsored conference is dedicated to safety, Brian Pellot reports.