At a time when fair and accurate news coverage is more essential than ever, 2006 marked one of the deadliest years on record for journalists. Surprisingly, despite the fierce fighting in Iraq, most of the slain journalists did not die in combat. They were deliberately targeted, hunted down, and murdered for investigating corruption, crime, or human rights abuses in countries around the world. In Requiem, FRONTLINE/World essayist Sheila Coronel looks at the dangers journalists confront as they try to tell their stories and pays special tribute to reporters working in the Philippines, Russia, Turkey, Zimbabwe, China and Iraq who have been killed, jailed, or exiled for daring to speak truth to power.
UNESCO is the lead agency in the United Nations system supporting Freedom of Expression. Its Communications and Information program includes components promoting
- Freedom of Expression,
- Press Freedom,
- Independence and Pluralism of the Media,
- Democraty, and
- Peace and Tolerance.
- Director-General condemns the killing of Iraqi journalists Hamid al-Duleimi and Hussein al Jaburi (March 26)
- Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi journalists Mohan al-Zaher and Jamal al-Zubaidi (March 9)
- Director-General condemns killing of Haitian press photographer Jean-Rémy Badio (January 29)