Security Council holds debate on protecting journalists in armed conflict

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Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addressing the Security Council. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

More than 600 journalists have been killed in the line of duty over the past decade, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Council members are holding a meeting on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, with specific focus on journalists.

The Deputy Secretary-General said every journalist murdered or intimidated into silence is one less observer of efforts to uphold rights and ensure human dignity.

"The least we can do when a journalist is murdered, is to ensure that the death is investigated swiftly and that justice is served. It is shocking and unacceptable that more than 90 per cent of the assassinations of journalists go unpunished."

The Security Council will also hear briefings from journalists from the United States, Somalia and Iraq.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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