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When journalists are targeted society pays - Guterres

António Guterres

Nov. 4, 2019 1 min read

MASERU - The United Nations (UN) secretary general António Guterres says without journalists being able to do their jobs in safety, the society faces the prospect of a world of confusion and disinformation.

Mr Guterres made these remarks on Sunday during the commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity against Journalists. He said when journalists were targeted, societies as a whole paid the price, adding that without the ability to protect journalists, the society’s ability to remain informed and contribute to decision-making was severely hampered.
He said attacks on journalists and media workers, as well as incidents that make their work much harder, such as threats of prosecution, arrests, imprisonment and denial of information were rising rapidly.


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He cited a high-profile example of the murder of a Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, in 2017. The case is being followed by independent UN human rights expert Agnès Callamard, among others, who has suggested that too little has been done by the Maltese authorities to investigate the killing.
In July 2016, the former Lesotho Times Newspaper Editor Llyod Mutungamiri was shot and the case has not been heard since. Four members of the Lesotho Defence (LDF) were remanded in the Maseru Central Prison for attempting to murder Mr Mutungamiri.

In most countries, journalists are often murdered for reporting on politics, crime and corruption.

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