"Across the global agenda, the media are critical. Yet journalists face growing efforts to silence their voices – through harassment, censorship and attacks. Journalists are not criminals. But they are often mistreated or even killed because they have the courage to expose criminal acts," Ban
said in his remarks upon receiving the German Media Prize in Baden Baden in southwestern Germany yesterday.
He said last year alone, 105 journalists lost their lives and while the murders of Western journalists by ISIS and other violent extremists claimed global attention, 95 per cent of the journalists killed in armed conflict are locally based.
"Last month, Mexican journalist Moises Dagdug Lutzow was killed in his home in the city of Villahermosa. Elvis Ordaniza, a crime reporter in the Philippines, was shot. So was Karun Misra, a district bureau chief at the Jan Sandesh Times in India."
"Each time a journalist is killed, each time the press is silenced, the rule of law and democracy get weaker.  I encourage you to participate in the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists," Ban said.


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