UN Warns of Rising Violence Against Environmental Journalists

UN Warns of Rising Violence Against Environmental Journalists
UN Warns of Rising Violence Against Environmental Journalists
UN Warns of Rising Violence Against Environmental Journalists
UN Warns of Rising Violence Against Environmental Journalists

UN Warns of Rising Violence Against Environmental Journalists

UN Warns of Rising Violence Against Environmental Journalists

UN Warns of Rising Violence Against Environmental Journalists

Key Highlights:

  1. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasizes the increasing danger faced by journalists covering environmental issues.
  2. UNESCO reports reveal that environmental journalists have faced around 750 attacks in the past 15 years.
  3. Guilherme Canela from UNESCO stresses the vital role of journalists in raising awareness about environmental challenges and holding powerful actors accountable.

On World Press Freedom Day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres drew attention to the growing threat against journalists reporting on environmental issues, highlighting the rising violence faced by media professionals in this field. Guterres emphasized the crucial role journalists play in educating the public about the global environmental and climate emergency, which poses a threat to future generations.

Recent reports from UNESCO shed light on the alarming situation faced by environmental journalists, with around 750 attacks recorded over the past 15 years. Guilherme Canela, UNESCO’s chief of freedom of expression and safety of journalists, revealed that 70% of environmental reporters have experienced some form of violence, with 44 journalists killed in the last 50 years.

In light of these challenges, UNESCO reiterates its commitment to defending press freedom and supporting journalists worldwide. World Press Freedom Day serves as a reminder of the vital importance of journalism and freedom of expression, particularly in addressing the current environmental crisis plaguing the planet.

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