UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday said there had been a rise in the “scale and number of attacks’’ against journalists around the world in recent times.
In a message to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, Guterres said, “societies as a whole pay the price’’ when journalists were targeted.
“Freedom of expression and free media are essential to fostering understanding, bolstering democracy and advancing our efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“ In recent years, however, there has been a rise in the scale and number of attacks against the physical safety of journalists and media workers.
“There are also growing incidents infringing upon their ability to do their vital work, including threats of prosecution, arrest, imprisonment, denial of journalistic access and failures to investigate and prosecute crimes against them.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria