State of global press freedom report released at UN

A man holding up a sign which says “Stop killing journalists”.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will present the 2014 edition of its annual assessment on the state of press freedom at the United Nations in New York.

The launch of the report entitled "Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Frontlines" will be followed by a briefing to the press.

The event is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

According to a statement released by CPJ, the 2014 edition of "Attacks on the Press" contains analysis of the transnational threat to press freedom posed by mass surveillance and censorship.

Other topics include impunity in journalist killings and the role of a strong, independent media in global development.

Last year's report contained analytical essays on topics such as journalist casualties at the front line of conflicts in hot spots like Syria, Nigeria and Somalia.

It also included reports on the status of investigations into the disappearances of 35 journalists worldwide, and why more than half went missing in Mexico and Russia.

CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom globally.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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