Denouncing the acts of psychological and emotional violence through cyber-attacks, data breaches, intimidation, undue surveillance and invasions of privacy of journalists and press people, they said, "Such assaults not only limit the right to freedom of expression and threaten the safety of online journalists and their sources – they undermine the ability of all people to benefit from a free and open Internet.”
A shocking fact a has been brought forth by UNESCO about the assaults on press by stating that more than 600 journalists have been killed in the past decade, many while reporting in non-conflict situations. Impunity is also widespread as nine out of 10 cases of killings of journalists go unpunished.
“As we mark World Press Freedom Day, let us pledge to do our utmost to enable all journalists in all media to do their jobs,” urged Ban.
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