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Honoring Slain Media Workers, UN Calls for End to 'Cycle of Impunity'


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Honoring Slain Media Workers, UN Calls for End to 'Cycle of Impunity'

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Safeguards for media workers must be strengthened to protect not only their work, but their lives, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

More than 700 reporters and other media workers have been killed in the past decade "simply for bringing news and information to the public," Ban said on Monday. But the risks they face go far beyond war zones—and are just as often homegrown.


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There are so many true Journalists working under threat of violence.
How the US Press has lost it's way.

Unless it comes with doggy treats they don't cover the story.
(my apologies to all dogs)

Now the Snowden's and Mannings do the heavy lifting.

Shame.


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Yes, people. This is where we are. Despite everything the UN attempts or pretends to do, and with a complete absence of effective action. It is not, and it has never been, good enough to naively bemoan the situation for journalists in other less 'democratic' or less 'developed' countries.

Our very own whistleblowers and investigative journalists, Assange, Manning and Snowden, are all in various states of 'persona non-grata'. Their rights of abode, freedom of movement, fair trial and access to health services, have been savagely ripped away from them. They have been abandoned for years now. Left incarcerated and/or in exile.

This is the responsibility of our very own, supposedly civilised, supposedly sophisticated Western governments. I weep for a humanity that probably was never there, in the upper echelons of power and privilege.