55 MEDIA WORKERS KILLED SO FAR IN 2020 (see our page Casualties) -
AT LEAST 373 JOURNALISTS HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19 IN 48 COUNTRIES (read below our corona-ticker)

Since the beginning of March 2020, the PEC has started a corona-ticker to pay tribute to the journalists killed by the Covid-19
around the world. Media workers have an important role to play in the fight against the virus, they have to inform about
 the spread of Covid-19. The safety of media workers is particularly at risk in this crisis because they must continue to provide
 information on the ground and testify by visiting hospitals, interviewing political, economic and scientific officials, doctors,
 nurses and patients. A number of them died for lack of adequate protective measures when doing their job. The PEC team 
offers condolences to families and colleagues of the deceased.

18.09.2020. COLOMBIA. César García, a veteran reporter for The Associated Press who ventured across Colombia to tell the story of the nation’s armed conflict, has died Sept 17. He was 61. He suffered a heart attack and after three weeks at a hospital tested positive for the new coronavirus. With a voice recorder in hand, García became a fixture at many major events of the last three decades in Colombia, whether peace talks with leftist guerrillas or breaking news from the halls of the presidential palace.

18.09.2020. MORE JOURNALISTS DIED IN INDIA. Actor-journalist Florent C Pereira dies in Chennai due to COVID-19. Tamil actor Florent C Pereira, who was known for playing character roles in films like Kayal and Thodari, died due to Covid-19 in Chennai on September 14. According to reports, Florent tested positive for coronavirus a couple of weeks ago and had been hospitalised ever since. His health deteriorated last week and he succumbed to illness. He was 67. Florent C Pereira worked with Win TV, Kalaignar TV and Vijay TV. Condolences have been pouring in from both the film industry and media. 

Another senior journalist Rahul Dolare died of Covid-19 in Aurangabad (Maharashtra). He was 49. His last working stint was with the dialy Dainik Saamana Aurangabad edition. Anil Srivastava (68) died of coronavirus on Friday 18 September in Basti. He was working as a stringer with national news agency United News of India for over the past 20 years and was also the editor of local newspapers Vichar Parakh and Prakash Times.

Journos protest for Covid insurance cover in Maharashtra: on Sept 18, a statewide protest has been organized to press for the demand of including journalists in the Rs 50 lakh government insurance scheme meant for select Covid-19 fatalities as well as for reservation of beds, oxygen and ventilators, according to Marathi Press Council. More than 8000 SMS were sent to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope. Around 25 journalists have succumbed to the infection so far in the state of Maharashtra.

16.09.2020. SANTO DOMINGO. Muere periodista Tony Pina (photo) por COVID-19. El legendario periodista Tony Pina falleció este lunes como consecuencia del coronavirus, que se le complicó con otras enfermedades preexistentes. El deceso del comunicador fue confirmado por Mercedes Castillo, presidenta del Colegio Dominicano de Periodista.
16.09.2020. Brasil. Vítima da Covid-19, morreu o jornalista esportivo Ari Borges, que durante anos se dedicou às reportagens sobre esportes no Brasil. Arizão, como era chamado, tinha 63 anos.
16.09.2020. PAKISTAN. Journalist Hanif Zai (photo) dies of coronavirus in Karachi. Journalist Mohammad Hanif Zai, who was associated with Geo News and Daily Jang, passed away early Monday. He was 48. Hanif Zai, throughout his journalistic career, has done many stories from Badin, Tharparkar, and other districts. Thousands of his friends, fans, and people from different walks of life took to social media to express their deep grief over his sudden death.

15.09.2020. PEC Press Release:  Sharp increase in the number of victims of Covid 19 among journalists, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) appeals to the Human Rights Council // Communiqué de la PEC: Forte augmentation du nombre de victimes du Covid-19 parmi les journalistes – appel au Conseil des droits de l‘homme // Comunicado de prensa de la PEC: Fuerte aumento del número de víctimas del Covid-19 entre los periodistas - llamamiento al Consejo de Derechos Humanos

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12.09.2020. España. Fallece este sábado, 12 de septiembre, el cantautor 
Joaquín Carbonell por coronavirus, a los 73 años. 
El también periodista turolense muere después de permanecer 47 días 
ingresado en el Hospital Universitario de Zaragoza.

12.09.2020. INDIA. Dramatic increase, hundreds of journalists test Covid-19 positive, more than 20 deaths in a month. Now, almost every other day, the country is losing a media person to the coronavirus (photo: television journalist Neelanshu Shukla (aged 30) from Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh).

Journalists have been hit by COVID-19 in Telangana with 822 of them having contracted the deadly virus so far. The state government has released Rs 1.55 crore in financial aid to these journalists. Apart from a large number of recoveries, some journalists have also lost their lives. 

Three journalists have died of Covid-19 in Nagpur since Thursday while at least 50 others have been infected with the virus in the city so far. Around 25 journalists from a major newspaper group and almost all reporters of a regional periodical have contracted the disease, officials aware of the matter said. One of journalists who died was from a well-known Marathi daily while two others worked for a news agency and a local cable network, they added. According to the Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), the last three media corona casualties were reported within four days and urged every reporter and media person to be cautious while reporting from the ground. A senior journalist from Barak valley Ashim Dutta died of COVID-19 on September 7 at Silchar Medical College Hospital.The 66-year-old journalist worked for a Bengali daily.

A photojournalist, who was working during the COVID induced lockdown, has died due to the virus in Balasore district of Odisha on Monday September 7. Solman Sahu, a photojournalist of EPA, Balasore who passed away on Monday due to coronavirus has been declared as a Corona warrior for his restless service during the lockdown.

Another report surfaced from the Nellore locality of Andhra Pradesh, where journalist Narayanam Seshacharyulu (aged 56) died of Covid-19 on 3 September 2020. Associated with the prestigious Telugu daily Eenadu, Seshacharyulu was hospitalized in Tirupati a few days back after testing positive for the virus infection.

A day back, Pune (Maharashtra) based television reporter Pandurang Raikar (aged 42) succumbed to Covid-complications in an Ahmednagar town hospital. Raikar, who worked for the TV9 news channel, tested positive in the antigen test and was hospitalized. However, his family members alleged that treatment was delayed by the hospital authority.

Earlier, another television journalist Neelanshu Shukla (photo, aged 30) from Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) died of corona infections. Shukla, who was associated with AajTak, tested positive for Covid-19 a few days back and died on 31 August in the hospital. A bachelor, Shukla also worked for NDTV and Republic TV as a Lucknow correspondent.

A few weeks ago, Maharashtra’s veteran journalist Ashok Churi, who edited the Marathi weekly, PalgharTimes, died at a Palghar based hospital. He was later tested positive for Covid-19. The printer-publisher of Asomiya Khabar (Rantu Das) also died at a Guwahati hospital and tested positive for the virus infection. On the other hand, New Delhi based writer Tarun Sisodia killed himself while undergoing treatment at AIIMS.

Patiala (Punjab) based photojournalist Jai Deep, Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) based television reporter Madhusudan Reddy & video journalist M Parthasarathy, Chennai (Tamil Nadu) based television reporter Ramanathan and Orissa’s journalists namely Simanchal Panda, K Ch Ratnam & Priyadarshi Patnaik, Chennai based news videographer E Velmurugan, Chandigarh based news presenter Davinder Pal Singh, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) based television writer Manoj Kumar, Agra (UP) based journalist Pankaj Kulashrestha and Kolkata (West Bengal) based photojournalist Ronny Roy also lost their battles against the virus.

12.09.2020. MEXICO. Al menos tres periodistas han muerto por coronavirus en Nueva Leon. El periodista Francisco Salazar, titular de Comunicación Social del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social de Nuevo León, falleció el pasado 27 de julio. De 56 años de edad, pasó casi la mitad de su vida siendo el enlace de medios del IMSS. José Gerardo González, de 49 años, fotoperiodista que trabajó en diversos medios de comunicación locales también falleció víctima de coronavirus en el mes de julio. El gremio periodístico reportó el deceso por coronavirus del locutor, productor y periodista Juan Baizán, quien falleció el pasado 7 de agosto.
11.09.2020. BRASIL. Mais três vítimas no Brasil. Jornalista Karina Paula Araújo (photo) 
morre aos 48 anos vítima da Covid-19. A jornalista atuava na TV Borborema, em Campina Grande,
mas também trabalhou no Jornal da Paraíba, foi professora da Universidade Estadual da Paraíba
(UEPB) e assessora do 4º Batalhão da Polícia Militar.
Jornalista Lima Neto morre
vítima de coronavírus na capital. Na noite de quinta-feira (10), morreu o jornalista Lima Neto aos 50 anos,
em Porto Velho. Apresentador de televisão, ele era conhecido na região como "Repórter Cidadão".
 O jornalista estava internado na UTI de um hospital público, há aproximadamente 30 dias, fazendo tratamento contra o

Morreu em Curitiba nesse domingo (dia 6) o jornalista Marcelo Motta Vieira, 56 anos. Segundo informações da família,
ele estava há duas semanas internado no Hospital da Cruz Vermelha, em Curitiba, com suspeita de Covid-19.
Ele apresentou sintomas da doença, como falta de ar. Há uma semana, recebeu alta e apresentou sinais de melhora.
No sábado, porém, Marcelo retornou à UTI, com coração e rins afetados. Acabou falecendo nesse domingo.
Marcelo Motta foi colunista de política do Bem Paraná na época em que a publicação ainda era chamada de Jornal do Estado.

10.09.2020.  BANGLADESH. A total of 31 journalists died of covid-19. Among them, NTV joint chief news editor Abdus Shahid (photo), also former president of a faction of Dhaka Union of Journalists, died of COVID-19 at a city hospital on Sunday. Shahid was 63. Khulna Press Club former president Wadudur Rahman Panna died with COVID-19 symptoms at a hospital in Khulna on Saturday. He was 72.

08.09.2020. NEPAL. The 62-year old Banarasi Barma died of COVID-19 while undergoing dialysis at Universal Medical College in Bhairahawa. Journalist Barma tested positive for the COVID-19 after his death, according to Kumar Thapa, who is COVID-19 Focal Person at the District Health Office in Kapilvastu.

03.09.2020. USA. Two more victims among media. John Hamill (photo), Vietnam veteran, one-time Daily News reporter and screenwriter, dead at 71 of coronavirus.

John Hamill, a decorated Vietnam War combat medic, journalist and screenwriter, passed away Tuesday after contracting COVID-19. The death of Hamill came just a month after his older brother, author and newspaper columnist Pete Hamill, died at age 85. John Hamill, a die-hard Mets fan, was retired and living in California when he came down with the virus three weeks ago and never recovered, according to a Facebook post by his sister Kathy.

William R. Neikirk, an award-winning economics and political journalist who spent nearly 35 years with the Chicago Tribune and served as White House correspondent during the Clinton administration, died of coronavirus Aug. 27 at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 82. Mr. Neikirk wrote about politics and economics for the Associated Press before joining the Tribune’s Washington bureau in 1974. He also had stints as Chicago-based associate managing editor of financial news and chief Washington correspondent before retiring in 2008. He was honored for his business and political coverage, including the 1995 White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Award for presidential reporting.

02.09.2020. ECUADOR. El periodista radial Pedro Daniel Sanaguano Llangari (photo), más conocido como el Rey del Mambo, murió por COVID-19 el pasado 29 de agosto, tras permanecer durante dos semanas en una unidad de cuidados intensivos del hospital de la Policía en Guayaquil. Sanaguano nació el 15 de octubre de 1981 en Riobamba (Chimborazo) y durante sus 21 años de vida profesional formó parte de Radio Fantástica, Radio Andina, Radio Turbo, Radio Latina, Radio Ternura  y del Periódico Los Andes.

19.08.2020. PERU. 82 periodistas fallecidos por COVID-19 en 5 meses de emergencia nacional en el Perú (Asociación Nacional de Periodistas del Perú ANP): en los cinco meses de emergencia nacional, iniciada el 16 de marzo, han muerto un total de 139 periodistas. De estos, 82 fallecieron como consecuencia del coronavirus (35 contagiados en actividad periodística). Frente a esta cifra, 57 periodistas murieron, en el marco de la pandemia, por otras dolencias, complicaciones de otras enfermedades o sintomatología covid (sin confirmar el contagio).
18.08.2020. SOUTH AFRICA. Popular sports journalist dies after contracting Covid-19. Well-known South African sports journalist S'busiso Mseleku (photo) died at the Midvaal Private Hospital in Vereeniging after having tested positive for the coronavirus. He was 59. He was a former Sport24 columnist, worked for the Sowetan, served as sports editor for Drum Magazine, delivered football insights on SABC Sports.
18.08.2020. TAJIKISTAN. The sad news of the demise of Gulnazar Keldi (photo, 75), the national poet of Tajikistan, the author of the national anthem of the Republic of Tajikistan, a member of the Union of Writers and holder of Rudaki State Prize, deeply saddened the cultural community of ECO member states. The prominent journalist died of Covid-19.
16.08.2020. INDIA. Senior journalist Somashekhar Yadavatti succumbed to coronavirus at a private hospital in Bengaluru. Yadavatti, 49, was the Chief Reporter of Samayukta Karnataka.
13.08.2020. UNITED KINGDOM. North Wales football scene saddened by the death of Wrexham journalist Mark Currie (68). He was admitted to Wrexham Maelor Hospital with respiratory problems and failed to recover.
13.08.2020. PARAGUAY. Periodista de San Pedro fallece por Covid-19 en el Ineram. Se trata del periodista Celso Antonio Aguilera, de 58 anos, de Radio nacional San Pedro, el primer deceso vinculado al ambito periodistico. Se desempeno por varios anos como periodista en el Diario Noticias y en Canal 13.
08.08.2020. América Latina. La Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP) concede premio postumo a mas de 100 periodistas de las Americas fallecidos por Covid-19. "Este es un momento muy duro para el periodismo", expreso el presidente de la SIP Christopher Barnes (photo) al anunciar el premio. El presidente de la SIP indico que "esta pandemia esta lejos de haber terminado" y llamo a los trabajadores de medios a fortalecer los protocolos de sanidad y seguridad para reducir el impacto en la profesion. En la lista de los periodistas reconocidos figuran periodistas de Bolivia (8), Brasil (9), Colombia (2), Ecuador (16), Estados Unidos (9), El Salvador (1), Honduras (4), Mexico (26), Nicaragua (6), Peru (22) y Republica Dominicana (5).
08.08.2020. INDIA. Veteran journalist and social activist Ashok Churi succombed to Covid-19 in Palghar. Churi (71) owned and edited the Palghar Times, a Marathi weekly paper.
07.08.2020. BANGLADESH. The media indutry in Bangladesh neither lost so many workers within such a short span of time nor faced such a tough challenge any time before the Covid-19's onslaught. According to "Our Media, Our Rights", a social media-based journalist group, at least 16 media workers succombed to coronavirus while 10 died with its symptoms in the country as of August 5 last. Besides, around 700 journalists and media employees of 162 national and local media houses have been infected with the deadly virus across the country.
06.08.2020. EGYPT. Mohamed Monir's death of Covid-19 is a warning sign for journalists held in Egypt's prisons (CPJ). Mohamed Monir was a veteran reporter and political commentator in Egypt. He died from complications due to Covid-10 on July 13 after being moved to a hospital in Giza one week before. Another detainee Khaled Taha died on 22 July at the Haram police station after displaying typical covid-type symptoms. Human Rights Watch (HRW) documented that at least 14 detainees had died of suspected coronavirus in Egypt across ten facilities since mid-July.
05.08.2020. KYRGYZSTAN. Azimjon Askarov (photo) contracted Covid-19 before his death in a Kyrgystan prison, according to his wife Khadicha Askarova. The 69-year-old award-winning journalist has been ill preceding his final breaths on July 25. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the abuse and medical neglect, despite deteriorating health which characterized the 10 years Askarov spent behind bars. Askarov's case highlights the increased danger posed to imprisoned journalists during the pandemic.
30.07.2020. INDIA. Three journalists died of Covid-19 in Orissa State. Priyadarshi Pattnaik of Samaja, Ganjam district, died of the deadly disease on July 11 in Bhubaneswar. Next day, K. Ch. Ratnam of Gajapati district lost his life to the virus. Two days later, the death of another journalist identified as Simanchal Panda from Ganjam district working with a weekly Odia magazine was reported in media.
28.07.2020. BANGLADESH. Female journalist Rebeka Yesmin died of Covid-19 at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital on July 27. She was the Mymensingh-based daily Jahan editor. On July 20 Satkhira-based daily Ajker Satkhira editor and publisher Mohsin Hossain died with Covid-19 symptoms. On July 19 Abdullah M Hasan, a senior journalist and news editor of the Financial Express died from coronavirus. He was 72.
26.07.2020. NEPAL. First Nepali journalist died of Covid-19. Roshan Shrestha is believed to be the first Nepali journo to have died of corona infection. He was working in UAE.
24.07.2020. INDIA. Two more fatalities. Shock over death of Covid infected Senior Journo due to lack of oygen supply in Vijayawada Rama Rao (52) who was taking treatment for Covid-19. On July 17 a 43-year old television journalist succumbed to coronavirus in Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh). He was working for a Telegu TV channel.
20.07.2020. UNITED STATES. Four prominent journalists died of Covid-19. Don Peitzman (photo), a former editor of the Parker Chronicle and journalist of 30 years, died of Covid-19 symptoms July 20 at 63. He suffered a severe lung infection and died at Shy Ridge Medical center in Lone Tree (Colorado). Peitzman was a photographer and journalist for his entire time in Parker. Retired Associated Press correspondent Arthur Rotstein (74) also died of Covid-19 July 20. He retired in 2010 after covering southern Arizona for nearly 30 years. Donald H. Shannon, whose 38-year career as a Washington and foreign correspondent for the Times included John Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign and the end of the Cold War in 1989 died July 17 of Covid-19. He was 97. Bertram W. Korn Jr, journalist and activist on issues related to Jewish political life, dies July 5 of Covid-19 at 64 in Philadelphia.
19.07.2020. SAUDI ARABIA. Journalist Saleh Al-Shehi died from an illness, probably Covid-19, two months after his release from prison. The illness has not been formalyy named but some media outlets such as the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh spoke of three weeks of complications resulting from a Covid-19 infection. Al-Shedi was released on 19 May. His helath deteriorated quickly thereafter. He was a friend of Jamal Khashoggi, murdered in Istanbul in October 2018.
19.07.2020. HONDURAS. Honduran journalist David Romero Ellner (photo) died of respiratory failure after contracting Covid-19 while imprisoned at the Tamara National Penitentiary. Romero was the director of the media outlets Radio Globo and Globo TV. He was arrested in march 2019 for defamation charges.
14.07.2020. INDONESIA. More than 50 staff at public radio network in Surabaya contracted Covid-19, while 2 employees of TV station die. Previously the Bali province also reported that one journalist died of Covid-19. The Alliance of Independent Journalists of Indonesia asked media companies to raise awareness about the safety and health of journalists amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
13.07.2020. AFGHANISTAN. A prominent Afghan journalist died of Covid-19. Dad Mohammad Onaby, editor-in-chief of Islah Daily, passed away and was buried on Sunday, said the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee. His death has taken the number of media workers and reporters to die due to Covid-19 to seven in Afghanistan.
 12.07.2020. INDIA. Another Journalist dies of COVID19 in Odisha.  The deceased journalist has been identified as K. CH. Ratnam (photo).  The 75-year-old scribe was working with the ‘Eenadu’, a Telugu newspaper. Ratnam is the second journalist to die of COVID-19 in the State in 24 hours. A 46-years-old journalist named Priyadarshi Pattnaik died while undergoing treatment at a Covid hospital in Bhubaneswar. He was working as correspondent for Odia newspaper the Samaja.

11.07.2020. MEXICO. En Sinaloa, el gremio periodístico está de luto, ante la muerte de Jorge Walterio Medina Palazuelos (photo), quien desde el pasado 21 de junio se encontraba luchando contra el covid-19. Fue a través de redes sociales, que él comunicador dio a conocer que había contraído el virus. El comunicador tenía más de 40 años en el gremio y actualmente colaboraba en el canal de la Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Radio UAS, con el programa Los Columnistas.
08.07.2020. BRAZIL. Brazil journalists quarantined after interviewing infected Bolsonaro. A consortium of Brazilian journalists is suing President Jair Bolsonaro (photo) after he removed his mask near them during a televised press conference on Tuesday. At that press conference, Bolsonaro had announced that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier that day.  Footage shows Bolsonaro stepping back from the reporters after speaking with them, removing his microphone, and taking off his mask to show his face. The Brazilian Press Association said later on Tuesday that it would sue Bolsonaro in the Supreme Court over accusations of “endangering” journalists. In separate emailed statements, CNN Brasil, Record TV and the state-run Brazil Communications Company (EBC) said they had taken their reporters off the job following the interview.

08.07.2020. INDIA. The suicide of a reporter in Delhi who had been hospitalised for COVID-19 highlights the difficulties journalists are facing right now. A heartbreaking incident has come out from the capital Delhi. A 37-year-old coronavirus-infected journalist has died by suicide, jumping from the third floor of AIIMS.  Dainik Bhaskar journalist Tarun Sisodia (photo) committed suicide at AIIMS, where he was under treatment for COVID-19, on Monday. Following an uproar on social media, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan ordered an inquiry into the suicide. The medical superintendent of the trauma centre at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi has been sacked, following the death of the journalist who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

07.07.2020. VENEZUELA. Vidal Atencio, periodista y secretario de Asuntos Agropecuarios del gobernador Omar Prieto, falleció  este martes 7 de julio en el Hospital Universitario de Maracaibo (HUM),  víctima del covid-19, luego de librar una dura batalla en las últimas semanas contra la enfermedad.

07.07.2020.  BANGLADESH. ATN Bangla finance and accounts department senior vice-president Ahsan Habib (photo) died of COVID-19 on Monday night at a hospital in the capital. He was 58. With Ahsan, a total of 12 media professionals, including journalists, have died of COVID-19 while nine others have died with COVID-19 symptoms. Former Feni Press Club president and Feni-based Weekly Hawkers editor Nurul Karim Majumder died with COVID-19 symptoms on Sunday night. He was 68. In his professional life, Nurul Karim worked as the Feni district correspondent of Daily Star and United News of Bangladesh. Weekly Uttamasha editor Khandaker Ekramul Haq also died of COVID-19 at a Dhaka hospital on Sunday. He was 60. According to media houses and journalist organisations, until Sunday 536 journalists and media workers were affected by the coronavirus. Of them, 403 are from Dhaka and 133 from the other parts of the country. They are from 136 national and local media houses, including 80 newspapers, 27 television channels, 22 internet news portals, five radios and one news agency.

05.07.2020. IRAQ. KURDISTAN. Syndicate: 85 journalists in Kurdistan Region have contracted COVID-19, one diedOver 80 journalists across the Kurdistan Region have so far contracted the coronavirus, Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate Azad Hamad Amin said on Sunday. Journalists, alongside essential public employees such as doctors and security forces, have largely continued working despite curfews and various travel restrictions that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has enacted since the first case was confirmed in the region. The KRG Ministry of Health issued a statement in early April, however, asking that all field journalists operating in the Kurdistan Region be tested for COVID-19 to mitigate the risks of the virus spreading both to each other and through them to members of the general population. Amin claimed that some local media organizations are “hiding” information about their employees who may have caught the virus.
04.07.2020. COLOMBIA. Vladimir Largacha muere en Colombia producto del contagio con coronavirus. Vladimir Largacha, de 46 años de edad, trabajaba en un medio independiente de noticias en la capital del Valle.  El comunicador había laborado en Todelar, así como en el canal de televisión CNC. También laboró para entidades públicas, ejerciendo su profesión. En la actualidad hacia periodismo independiente. Era egresado de la Fundación Idci. Estaba vinculado al Canal C con el programa Panorama vallecaucano.
04.07.2020. ECUADOR. COVID-19 se llevó a dos periodistas en Tungurahua. En menos de 24 horas dos periodistas apagaron su voz a causa del coronavirus. Julio Rodríguez, de 57 años de edad,  y Carlos Alberto Pangol, quienes laboraban en Radio Centro, fueron las víctimas de esta pandemia. Carlos Pangol, de 73 años, era el vicepresidente de la Unión Nacional de Periodistas de Tungurahua.
03.07.2020. HONDURAS. El reconocido periodista hondureño Pablo Matamoros falleció la mañana de este jueves por complicaciones en su salud provocadas por el Covid-19. Matamoros fungía como coordinador de prensa de Hable Como Habla (HCH). La noticia de su muerte fue anunciada en el medio de comunicación nacional durante la transmisión del programa de noticias vespertino. El periodista nació en 1966 en Tegucigalpa, capital de Honduras.
03.07.07. INDIA. Printer and publisher of Asomiya Khobor, Rantu Das has breathed his last at Apollo International Hospital on Friday morning in Guwahati. Das, who was 54 and one of the directors of Frontier Publications Private Limited, tested positive for COVID-19.
02.07.2020. USA. Bobette Leidner, 98, was a journalist, public relations executive and tireless civic leader. Mrs. Leidner, 98, died Sunday, May 24, at Beaumont from a stroke and complications from the coronavirus.
02.07.2020. INDIA. PTC news anchor Davinder Pal Singh (photo) dies of Covid on Tuesday. He was moved to a private hospital in Chandigarh. The PTC anchor contracted the deadly disease in Delhi about a month ago. From Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, several prominent personalities took to social media to extend condolences on the death of the journalist.

01.07.2020. Coronavirus: The toll continues to increase. More than 186 journalists died from Covid-19 in four months in 35 countries // Plus de 186 journalistes sont morts du Covid-19 en quatre mois dans 35 pays // Más de 186 periodistas han muerto por el Covid-19 en cuatro meses en 35 países

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29.06.2020. Kazakhstan. Mystery Surrounds Death Of Kazakh Journalist. A Kazakh journalist known for his criticism of the authorities has died in hospital hours after he wrote on Facebook that doctors gave him an unknown medicine. Quandyq Shamakhaiuly said he was hospitalized about a week ago with pneumonia and coronavirus symptoms and was getting ready to be released soon. But soon after the post, the 59-year-old died early in the morning on June 29.

28.06.2020. Bangladesh. Tobibur Rahman Masum (52), chief reporter of Rajshahi-based daily Sonali Sangbad died at the coronavirus unit of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. Masum was well known in the sports arena and covered the South Asian Games and the Olympic Games several times. He was the president of Rajshahi's Sports Reporters' Council and he conducted regular programmes at Bangladesh Betar.  Another journalist dies of Covid-19 in Bogra. Veteran journalist and freedom fighter  Md Saiduzzaman Sarker Tara died from Covid-19 on Friday night at the age of 70. Saiduzzaman, a senior member of the Bogra Press club and also executive editor of the Weekly Hatiar newspaper, died while undergoing treatment at Bogra Mohammad Ali Hospital.

27.06.2020. India. TV journalist dies of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu. A senior videographer of a Tamil news channel died of COVID-19 on Saturday. News of the death of 41-year-old E Velmurugan, the first COVID-19 death in the Tamil Nadu media fraternity, was received with sorrow by his fellow journalists, and was mourned by several political personalities.
26.06.2020. Pakistan. Veteran journalist Abu Talib Nizami, better known as A.T. Nizami, passed away, his family and friends said on Saturday. He was 88. He tested positive for Covid-19 a few days ago and was in self-isolation at home but his health deteriorated and he died on June 25. Mr Nizami worked for several newspapers at senior positions including Dawn Media Group’s daily Hurriyat as its city editor.
26.06.2020. Nigeria. In the last seven days, seven Nigerian journalists have died from COVID-19 and other illnesses. On the list are Dan Foster (Cool FM & City FM), Hugo Odiogor (former Editor at the Vanguard), Xavier Ndayongmong (Crime Editor at Daily Independent), Nkiruka Udoh (Crime and Defence Correspondent at AIT), Naomi Uzor (Business Desk at the Vanguard), Aramide Praise Oikelome (the Media Project and Independent Newspapers), and Azeez Ozi Sanni (Cartoonist at The Nation). Nigerian Journalists have been facing huge risks and unprecedented challenges as frontline workers covering the novel Coronavirus outbreak and reporting in the newsroom every day.

25.06.2020. Nicaragua. Muere por coronavirus Pepe Ruiz (photo), el periodista deportivo que dijo que "este virus es maricón". José Francisco 'Pepe' Ruiz, uno de los periodistas deportivos más populares de Nicaragua, ha muerto de coronavirus después de mofarse del COVID-19 en la televisión estatal.
24.06.2020. United Kingdom. Gregory Katz (photo), an acclaimed correspondent for The Associated Press in London who recently led the news cooperative’s coverage of Brexit and the election of Boris Johnson as prime minister, died Tuesday. He had been ill in recent months and had contracted COVID-19. He was 67. His career over four decades took him across the globe, from Latin America to Africa, Asia to Russia, the Middle East and Western Europe. Katz joined the AP in London as a correspondent in 2008 and became acting bureau chief in 2013. Prior to AP, he was bureau chief for Europe and the Middle East for the Houston Chronicle newspaper, also based in London.
24.06.2020. Perú. Durante los cien días de emergencia nacional en el Perú han fallecido 51 periodistas. De este total, 37 perdieron la vida como consecuencia del coronavirus (15 contagiados en actividad periodística), mientras que 14 fallecieron por complicaciones de otras enfermedades, debido a la falta de atención por el colapso del sistema de salud. Asimismo, también se ha reportado la muerte de otros 4 trabajadores de medios. Esta La Asociación Nacional de Periodistas del Perú - ANP, desde el inicio de la emergencia nacional (16 de marzo), ha mantenido una permanente acción de monitoreo de la situación de periodistas en todo el país. Asimismo, al día de hoy existen al menos 112 casos de contagio en el Perú.
24.06.2020. Bangladesh. Another journalist dies of COVID-19. Belal Hossain, managing editor of Jashore local newspaper daily Noapara, died of COVID-19 in Dhaka on Wednesday. He was 53. Including Belal, a total of eight journalists and media workers died of COVID-19 while seven others died with COVID-19 symptoms. According to media houses and journalist organisations, till Wednesday 434 journalists and media workers are affected by the coronavirus. They are from 104 media houses including 55 newspapers, 27 television channels, 16 internet news portals, five radios and one news agency.
24.06.2020. India. Former Arab News staffer Javed Jivani died on Wednesday in Mumbai (India) as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He was 84. Known to colleagues simply as J.J., he joined Arab News in 1980.
22.06.2020. Democratic Republic of Congo. Veteran AP video, photo-journalist in Congo dies of COVID-19. John Bompengo (photo), who covered Congo’s political turmoil as a freelance photographer and video journalist for The Associated Press over the course of 16 years has died, relatives said Sunday. He was 52. The cause of death was complications due to the coronavirus. Bompengo had contributed to AP since 2004, including coverage of the Ebola outbreak in northern Congo, in 2018. John Bompengo was a talented photojournalist who covered political developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for decades and worked with Radio Okapi, managed by the UN Mission in D.R. Congo (MONUSCO), since 2011.

20.06.2020. Bangladesh. Eminent journalist and Ekushey Padak winner cultural activist Kamal Lohani has died from the novel coronavirus infection today.
20.06.2020. Brasil. Jornalista de 28 anos morre com coronavírus. Letícia Fava (photo) estava internada em um hospital particular. Ela trabalhava na Universidade do Futebol, que lamentou a morte da jovem nas redes sociais.
19.06.2020. Bolivia. Muere periodista potosino con coronavirus en Cochabamba. Al finalizar la jornada de este viernes 19 de junio se conoció el fallecimiento del periodista, corresponsal de Radio Panamericana, Jaime Arosqueta. La dirigente de la Federaci'on de Trabajadores de la Prensa de Potos'i, Jheaneth Cortez, informó que el resultado de laboratorio dio positivo para  COVID-19. Arosqueta se convierte en el primer periodista potosino que fallece a causa del coronavirus.
18.06.2020. India. Bengaluru. Senior journalist Gowripura Chandru died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Thursday June 18. He was tested positive for coronavirus after his death. The 54-year-old Gowripura Chandru was working for Vijaya Karnataka.
18.06.2020. India. Veteran sports journalist Haresh Munwani, who worked with the SportsWorld magazine among others, passed away due to multiple ailments along with Covid-19 infection. He was 70 and breathed his last on June 17. He had done special assignments for the PTI news agency, worked with SportsWorld Editor Nawab Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi as a Mumbai correspondent, served with Mid-Day and For You publications, and for several years had been freelancing on aviation and tourism.
17.06.2020. Afghanistan. Shah Mahmood Haroon, the administrative director and a mentor for journalists in Pajhwok News Agency dies at 57 from coronavirus. Haroon was an experienced media activist and worked in the media for about twenty years. Shah Mahmoud Haroon was a founder of Pajhwok News Agency.
16.06.2020. Brasil. Aos 64 anos, Edvaldo Silva não resiste e morre de covid-19 em Arapiraca. Edvado Silva estava internado no Hospital de Emergência do Agreste (HEA) e faleceu na madrugada desta terça-feira (16).  Edvaldo Silva trabalhava na comunicação radiofônica há 42 anos, iniciou a carreira na rádio Novo Nordeste AM na década de 80. Atuou como repórter de rua, comentarista esportiva e foi âncora de programas jornalísticos de muita repercussão em várias rádios de Arapiraca e de outras cidades do interior de Alagoas. Seu último trabalho foi na rádio Sampaio FM no município de Palmeira dos Índio, no Agreste alagoano, onde já estava há 15 anos.
15.06.2020. India. In Telangana, 23 more journalists test positive for COVID-19on Sunday, one has died. This takes the total number of journalists, including print and television network reporters, and visual journalists, who have tested positive to about 55 in the state. One TV journalist, D. Manoj Kumar, has died of the disease. Many of the journalists who tested positive on Sunday were among those who reported on the recent Krishna River Management Board meeting at Jal Soudha in Erram Manzil that was convened to sort out claims and counter claims by the two Telugu states. Many from this group were also active in reporting events from the Secretariat while some had regularly attended press meets addressed by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao at Pragati Bhavan (Source: Deccan Chronicle).

14.06.2020. Nicaragua. El periodista Sergio León Corea, director de Radio La Costenisima, falleció este domingo 14 de junio en Bluefields, región autónoma del Caribe Sur, a la edad de 52 años. Personas de su círculo cercano indicaron que el periodista y sociólogo presentó síntomas de covid-19 en la última semana de mayo que agravaron sus enfermedades crónicas. Su salud se complicó este sábado 13 de junio por la tarde, y la madrugada del domingo 14 de junio fue intubado, falleciendo horas más tarde.

12.06.2020. Coronavirus: Turkey's political prisoners face 'alarming' conditions, warn rights groups. A lack of transparency and reports of unhygienic, overcrowded cells has worried supporters of political prisoners. Among the most famous figures currently locked up in the sprawling complex of Silivri near Istanbul are Osman Kavala, the activist and philanthropist, writer and journalist Ahmet Altan, prominent Oda TV journalists Baris Terkoglu and Baris Pehlivan, and many more. Their detention has long troubled opposition politicians and human rights organisations, who now are becoming increasingly alarmed by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the prison, with one death from Covid-19 officially confirmed on 22 May (Source: Middle East Eye).
12.06.2020. Coronavirus. Bangladesh. Journalist with Covid-19 symptoms dies at Bogra hospital. The deceased, identified as Oyasir Rahman Ratan, 65 was the editor of Dainik Bogra, published in the district.

11.06.2020. France. Le journaliste et reporter de guerre Christian Bousquet, qui avait couvert les grands conflits des années 60 et 70, et fut rédacteur en chef du 13H de TF1 pendant plus d'une décennie, est décédé dimanche à 80 ans des conséquences du Covid-19, a annoncé sa famille à l'AFP. C'est à l'ORTF qu'il devient grand reporter et part couvrir les grands conflits qui secouent la planète, et notamment la guerre du Vietnam et du Cambodge, la guerre du Kippour, le conflit israélo-palestinien, ou encore les conflits au Liban et en Iran. Dans les années 1980, il est nommé chef du service de politique étrangère de TF1, puis devient rédacteur en chef du journal de 13H. Un poste qu'il avait occupé aux côtés de Jean-Pierre Pernaut jusqu'en 1999. Jean-Pierre Pernaut a souligné en faisant part de la nouvelle "l’immense émotion de tous les anciens de TF1".

09.06.2020. United States. Dick Johnson, long time Chicago TV news anchor for NBC, ABC stations, has died at 66. He’d posted March 19 on Facebook from northern Michigan that concerns about the spread of the “coronavirus, my age and a respiratory issue prompted my doctors to send me packing.” “Chicago has lost a journalism giant,” ABC 7 reporter Rob Elgas said on Twitter.

08.06.2020. Pakistan. Three persons, including a journalist, died due to coronavirus while four others tested positive in the district. Journalist Sheikh Nadeem had been shifted to Mayo Hospital Lahore from Sheikhupura after testing positive for the virus and he died of the virus.

07.06.2020. Bangladesh. Abdul Monayem Khan, a senior journalist and Cox’s Bazar correspondent of The Financial Express, died of Covid-19 at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital on Sunday. He was 54. A senior member of Cox’s Bazar Journalists’ Union, he also worked for The Daily Star, The New Age and The Daily Sun.

07.06.2020. India. A journalist in Hyderabad passed away on Sunday, June 7, due to COVID-19. Manoj Kumar (33), a reporter with Telugu channel TV5, had tested positive for the coronavirus on June 4 and was undergoing treatment at Gandhi Hospital, according to IANS.

05.06.2020. Brasil. Jornalista Eledilson Colares (photo) morre vítima do coronavírus. Eledilson Colares trabalhou nas redações dos principais jornais de Manaus e atualmente servia à Prefeitura de Coari, onde exerceu atividades na sua área de formação, a Comunicação Social.
04.06.2020. Mexico. Muere periodista en Guerrero tras contraer covid-19. El periodista Antonio Alvear Olea, reportero de El Despertar del Sur, murió a consecuencia de complicaciones generadas por covid-19, sus compañeros denunciaron que en el hospital de Coyuca de Catalán, Guerrero, no le quisieron otorgar la atención que necesitaba, ante lo que el gobernador Héctor Astudillo Flores ofreció revisar lo que sucede en la región de la Tierra Caliente.

03.06.2020. Bolivia. Ya son 5 los periodistas fallecidos con Covid-19; los infectados suman 88 en el país. Tres periodistas fallecieron en la ciudad de Trinidad afectados por el coronavirus, con los que ya son cinco los decesos a escala nacional; en tanto que los contagiados alcanzan a 88, con más incidencia en los departamentos de Santa Cruz y Beni. Con los tres fallecidos en Trinidad ya son cinco en el país por causa del coronavirus, pues los dos primeros son de Santa Cruz: el periodista Rubén Darío Méndez y el camarógrafo Jacinto Quispe Maydana.

03.06.2020.  Panama. Murió en Panamá el periodista Efigenio Tapia por Coronavirus. Don Efigenio Tapia, pionero en la televisión con programas de comentarios de fútbol, perdió la batalla contra el coronavirus la noche del lunes, 1 de junio. El periodismo y el mundo deportivo lamentaron la muerte de este maestro de la crónica deportiva, quien será recordado por sus enseñanzas y aportes al fútbol local.
02.06.2020. United Kingdom. Banburyshire journalist, historian and Labour Party stalwart Chris Farman has died of Covid-19 on his 83rd birthday. Mr Farman was a professional journalist and historian, spending most of his life in London and being published in The Guardian and other papers and periodicals.

02.06.2020. United States. Virginia A. Frizzi, (photo, 66), of Morningside, Pittsburgh who had been in ill health for several months, died Monday, June 1, 2020 in UPMC Shadyside hospital of complications of covid-19. Ginny Frizzi was a stalwart pillar of the journalism community in Western Pennsylvania. A native of Pittsburgh, Ms. Frizzi began her career in journalism before launching a 25-year career in public relations at Point Park University. But she always kept her hand in the news business as a freelance writer, a mentor to aspiring journalists and as a leader in the region’s professional organizations. She was past president of the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. She served two terms on the SPJ national board of directors.

02.06.2020. Perú: 21 periodistas han muerto por Covid-19. La mayoría de los periodistas contrajo el temido virus mientras realizaba labores informativas en los principales focos infecciosos, como mercados y hospitales, indicó Zuliana Laínez, secretaria ejecutiva de la Asociación Nacional de Periodistas (ANP).

02.06.2020. Over 127 journalists died from coronavirus in three months in 31 countries - Latin America most affected // Plus de 127 journalistes sont morts du coronavirus en trois mois dans 31 pays - L'Amérique latine région la plus touchée // Más de 127 periodistas murieron por coronavirus en tres meses en 31 países - América Latina, el continente más afectado

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31.05.2020. Coronavirus. Mexico. Por Información difundida en redes sociales y Medios de Comunicación 13 Periodistas han fallecido diagnosticados por COVID-19. Los periodistas que dieron positivo en el diagnóstico para Coronavirus, fueron contagiados mientras ejercían su labor son: Martha Caballero Colli, quien trabajaba en el Departamento de Comunicación Social del ayuntamiento de Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, el 27 de Abril del 2020. Alejandro Cedillo, quien trabajaba en el diario, La Crónica de Hoy en la Ciudad de México el 28 Abr 2020. Miguel Angel Garcia Tapia, quien trabajaba en el Departamento de Comunicación Social del ayuntamiento de Cuernavaca, Morelos, el 01 Mayo 2020. Armando Sánchez Díaz, locutor conocido como “El Gallito de la Radio” murió el 01 Mayo 2020. David Alvarado conocido como ”El Piti” o “El Gama”, Fotógrafo que laboraba en el Diario “Pásala”, el 06 Mayo 2020. Moisés Márquez Villegas; Sub Director editorial del semanario “Infobaja” el 07 de Mayo 2020. Johnatan Gonzalo Arana Chan, quien era camarógrafo y fotógrafo en el Departamento de Comunicación Social del ayuntamiento de Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, 08 de Mayo 2020. Jorge Tamez de la Cabada; Periodista y ex Subdirector de Síntesis de la Cámara de Diputados, 13 de Mayo de 2020. Reyes Ramos Rodríguez; Periodista y Locutor de Radio Mexico Noticias, en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, acaecido el 19 de Mayo de 2020. Carlos Arturo Ramírez Castro “El Pato”, en el Departamento de Comunicación Social del ayuntamiento de Chimalhuacan en el Estado de México, el 26 de Mayo de 2020. Fabiola Bueno Cardiel, encargada de Atención a Medios del Instituto Electoral del Estado de México, el 26 de Mayo de 2020. Ricardo Camacho, Corresponsal del Diario 8 Columnas, el 27 de Mayo de 2020. Carlos Ramírez Castro; Fotógrafo del municipio de Chimalhuacán; 27 de Mayo de 2020 (fuente: Guillermo Espinosa, Capital).

31.05.2020. Coronavirus. Bolivia. Dos periodistas murieron con síntomas de Covid. El periodista Rubén Darío Méndez (photo), falleció este viernes luego de que hace dos días presentó síntomas correspondientes a Coronavius. Es el segundo trabajador de la prensa que fallece en Santa Cruz con síntomas de Covid-19 en menos de una semana. Otros 40 se encuentran contagiados. Periodista editor, trabajó en el periódico El Deber de Santa Cruz desde julio de 2005 a febrero de 2009; relacionador comunitario en Petrobras desde julio de 2001 a abril de 2005. Además, fue secretario de Libertad de Prensa en la Asociación de Periodistas de Santa Cruz. Otro reportero Juan Carlos Vaca, un joven periodista deportivo de la ciudad de Trinidad de departamento de Beni, falleció este domingo a causa del Covid-19, según informó la Federación Sindical de Trabajadores de la Prensa de Beni (Fstpb).

30.05.2020. Coronavirus. Pakistan. Three more journalist have died from Covid-19. A senior local journalist died of the novel coronavirus in Peshawar on Thursday. Senior reporter Fakhruddin Syed (photo), associated with a private news channel, was infected by coronavirus few days ago and was under treatment at the Hayata­bad Medical Complex (HMC). Advisor to KP Chief Minister on Information and Public Relations Ajmal Wazir informed that senior journalist Fakhruddin lost his life while fulfilling his professional obligations on the front line just like others against the Covid-19. According to the Advisor, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has announced Rs 1 million assistance to the bereaved family. The Advisor informed that journal­ist community was serving on the frontline and the provincial government will do everything possible to help journalists since media is playing an important role in sensitizing people on Covid-19. Two other media employees, at Radio Pakistan, have passed away due to the deadly coronavirus, according to Radio Pakistan. Radio Pakistan senior broadcast engineer Muhammad Ashfaq and Urdu newscaster Huma Zafar died of the virus.

30.05.2020. Coronavirus. Egypt's Press Syndicate records total of 11 coronavirus cases among its members. The press syndicate said the death toll jumped to three after deputy editor-in-chief of the state-owned daily Al-Gomhouriya, Fathi El-Sarawy, passed away on Thursday. Mahmoud Riad, a journalist at Al-Khamis newspaper, died from the virus on 27 April, and on 18 May, journalist Mohy El-Din El-Sayed passed away.

29.05.2020. Coronavirus. India. DD News video journalist Yogesh Kumar tests positive posthumously. Nearly 50 personnel of the camera division of Doordarshan News will be tested for coronavirus infection after 53-year-old video journalist who died of ‘heart attack’ on Wednesday tested positive posthumously. The DD News has temporarily shut down the studio.
29.05.2020. Coronavirus. Bolivia. Muere el primer trabajador de la prensa por coronavirus en Santa Cruz. Se trata de un productor y camarógrafo que pasó por distintos medios de comunicación. Jacinto Quispe Maydana, es el primer trabajador de la prensa que falleció a causa del coronavirus. El hecho se registró en Santa Cruz, el departamento del país más golpeado por el mal. 
28.05.2020. Coronavirus. Egypt. 9 Egyptian journalists caught coronavirus since March 24. Nine members of the Egyptian Press Syndicate have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) since March 24th, the head of the syndicate said, including two deaths. Four members have recovered from the novel virus, including a case that had been quarantined at home, Head of the Syndicate Diaa Rashwan said. The remaining three members are being treated now, including one who receives treatment at home, while others are being treated at specialized hospitals.

27.05.2020. Coronavirus. Nicaragua. Muere con signos de COVID-19 periodista que educaba sobre tema en Nicaragua. Un periodista que utilizaba su programa radial para educar sobre la pandemia del nuevo coronavirus murió con síntomas de COVID-19, informó este miércoles la Radio Corporación, medio en el que trabajaba. El periodista Gustavo Bermúdez, de 65 años, murió anoche en un hospital de Managua “a causa de la pandemia que azota nuestro país”, informó la Radio Corporación, donde fue conocido por dirigir el programa “Impacto 540”.

27.05.2020. Coronavirus. Mexico. Muere el director y conductor de Grupo Radio Centro en Oaxaca. José Luis Ceballos (photo), director y conductor de los espacios informativos de la Z 97.7, del Grupo Radio Centro en Oaxaca, falleció esta tarde en el Hospital del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), donde ingresó por problemas respiratorios.

22.05.2020. India. Coronavirus in Mumbai: TV 9 journalist Roshan Dias dies due to COVID-19 on May 21. Journalist Jitendra Dixit confirmed the news of Dias' demise and said, "Corona has begun taking its toll in news organisations of Mumbai. Lost my friend & former colleague in Star News Roshan Dias. Dias was currently working with TV-9. He was a gentle, cheerful young man. RIP." Earlier, On Monday, 28 Zee News employees have tested positive for COVID-19 as the media organisation conducted mass testing after one of its employees tested positive on Friday, said the organisation in a statement.
20.05.2015. Coronavirus. Bangladesh. A journalist of Daily Bangladesh Khabor died with Covid-19 symptoms while waiting at a queue at Dhaka Reporters Unity for the virus test. M Mizanur Rahman, also a joint-secretary of Bangladesh Photo Journalist Association, was suffering from fever and cough for few days, said his wife Simla Rahman.

20.05.2020. Coronavirus in Perú. ANP: hasta la fecha han fallecido 15 periodistas por COVID-19 a nivel nacional. La Asociación Nacional de Periodistas del Perú (ANP) informó que, desde la declaración del estado de emergencia a nivel nacional hasta la fecha, han fallecido 15 periodistas víctimas del COVID-19, de los cuales 10 se contagiaron mientras cumplían con su labor. Del total de fallecidos, 11 trabajaban independientemente y 4 para empresas mediáticas de alcance nacional (Panamericana Televisión, TV Perú, Agencia de Noticias Andina, radio Exitosa), informó la ANP.  “A partir de la declaratoria de emergencia sanitaria la ANP ha sido enfática en señalar la responsabilidad de las empresas mediáticas que tienen la obligación legal y moral de brindar los Equipos de Protección Personal (EPP) para que su personal, especialmente quienes hacen reporterismo, puedan mantener los cuidados necesarios que este contexto exige”, señaló la ANP en un comunicado.

20.05.2020. Coronavirus. Pakistan. Three more Pakistani journalists were killed with Corona Virus while a total 159 were infected so far.  According to a PFUJ report, one journalist died in Multan city of South Punjab and two in Sukkur city of  interior Sindh province. A total 159 journalists were infected up to 19th May, 2020 out of which 3 killed while 69 recovered. Two Peshawar based journalist brothers along with their 17 family members have been recovered from coronavirus infection. According to details, Senior Reporter Asif Shezad of GNN TV and his brother Wajid Shezad of Such TV had contracted coronavirus infection due to coverage of cases, facilities at quarantines centers besides burial of the dead.

19.05.2020. Coronavirus. Cameroun: deux autres journalistes meurent des suites de Covid-19. Kingsley Ako Tanyi, l’éditeur du quotidien anglophone « The Cameroon Herald », est décédé du Covid-19 à l’hôpital Jamot de Yaoundé.  Kingsley Ako Tanyi n’est pas le premier journaliste camerounais à mourir des suites de Covid-19. Il y a quelques jours, le journaliste Joseph Djemo, décédait lui aussi des suites de cette pandémie. Il était le directeur de publication du journal Crises et Solutions.

19.05.2020. Coronavirus. Mexico. El periodista Reyes Ramos murió en Ciudad Juárez víctima del coronavirus este martes. El suceso fue informado por Manuel del Castillo, vocero del gobierno del estado. El gobernador Javier Corral, que fue informado sobre este fallecimiento durante una rueda de prensa, envió sus condolencias y apoyo a su familia, así como al gremio periodístico.
19.05.2020. Coronavirus. South Africa. Covid-19 victim journalist Lungile Tom laid to rest. The 45-year-old succumbed to the respiratory illness which is caused by the coronavirus on Wednesday last week. A handful of relatives in masks bid him farewell at Maitland cemetery, in Cape Town.  At the time of his death, Tom worked for eNCA. He was the first journalist to die from Covid-19 in South Africa.

18.05.2020. Coronavirus. Egypt. Another Egyptian journalist died from coronavirus.  Egyptian journalist Mohy El-Din Al-Sayed Said died on Monday after contracting the coronavirus, becoming the country's second journalist to die from the disease, Egypt’s Press Syndicate said. Three other journalists have tested positive for the virus, however they are in a stable condition. Two other journalists have fully recovered from the virus. On 24 April, Egyptian journalist Mahmoud Riad died after contracting the deadly virus.

18.05.2020. Coronavirus. United States. The coronavirus pandemic has taken a member of the extended Phoenix New Times and Denver Westword family. Ward Harkavy, Former Phoenix New Times,Westword Journo, has died. Ward Harkavy was the associate editor of New Times from 1987 to 1992. He held the same position at Westword from 1992 to 1999, schooling young journalists in the time-honored tradition of being a true newspaperman. In 1999, he left Denver for New York, where he became managing editor of the Long Island Voice, then an editor of the now-defunct Village Voice.

18.05.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. Morre em Campina Grande pastor e colunista do Paraibaonline com sintomas da Covid-19. Nesta segunda-feira, 18, veio a obito em Campina Grande o pastor evengelico e jornalita Gomes Silva.
15.05.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. Alexandre Rangel, presidente do Comitê de Imprensa da Câmara Municipal, morre vítima da Covid-19. O presidente do Comitê de Imprensa, Rádio, Televisão e Internet (Cirti) da Câmara Municipal de Fortaleza (CMFor), Alexandre Rangel de Andrade, morreu nesta sexta-feira, 15, vítima do novo coronavírus. O jornalista e radialista também atuava no setor de comunicação da Assembleia Legislativa do Ceará. As informações da morte de Alexandre Rangel foram divulgadas pela própria Câmara.

14.05.2020. Coronavirus en Perú: Periodista falleció luego de dar positivo a covid-19. A través de las redes sociales, se confirmó el fallecimiento de una periodista de Agencia Andina por coronavirus (covid-19). Se trata de Azucena Romani Tafur, quien se dedicó a esta labor hace más de treinta años. Los familiares de la periodista revelaron que contrajo la enfermedad mientras cumplía con sus labores en el mundo de la prensa.

13.05.2020. Coronavirus. United States/Guatemala. Muere periodista guatemalteco Nestor Hernández, contagiado por coronavirus en EE.UU. El Periodista Néstor Hernández Marroquín, de 56 años, quien trabajó en Prensa Libre, murió hoy en el estado de New Jersey, Estados Unidos, contagiado por el coronavirus Covid-19, cuando realizaba labores humanitarias en ese lugar. Según se estableció por familiares del comunicador, Néstor era voluntario en la repartición de alimentos, aparte de ser free lance deportivo en la MLS y escritor de baseball en Canadá. El comunicador laboró en Guatemala en los años 90 en Prensa Libre y tuvo que salir exiliado para Canadá por la persecución en el tiempo de la guerrilla.

13.05.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. A jornalista Uliana Motta (photo) morreu por coronavírus aos 33 anos. Cantor Paulo Ricardo faz homenagem a jornalista paraense que morreu com covid19. A jovem Uliana Mota era jornalista, empreendedora e uma das fundadoras do fâ clube do cantor em Belém.

12.05.2020. Coronavirus. Russia. Five journalists die in Russia after contracting coronavirus. MOSCOW, May 12. /TASS/. Five journalists have died in Russia from coronavirus-related causes, while around 200 media professionals have fallen ill after contracting the virus, head of the Russian Union of Journalists Vladimir Solovyov said Tuesday. "We are all in a very difficult situation. Journalists even more so because they are on the frontlines of fighting the virus just like doctors. Unfortunately, there are losses already — reports were revealed recently <…> we have five [journalists who died] and 200 infected," Solovyov noted.

12.05.2020. Coronavirus. Nigeria. Le nombre d'infections au coronavirus parmi les journalistes nigérians inquiète. Considérés comme des agents de première ligne dans la lutte contre la pandémie, leur travail les expose aux dangers d'être infectés, une préoccupation majeure de l'Union des journalistes du Nigeria. Son président, Chris Isiguzo, a énuméré les différents cas d’infections jusqu’ici enregistrés parmi les professionnels des médias. "Nous avons un certain nombre de nos collègues testés positifs. Nous avons même perdu un journaliste qui travaillait pour le journal The Guardian à Sokoto. Nous avons un journaliste testé positif toujours à Sokoto il est présentement mis en quarantaine. Un autre qui travaille avec le journal le Daily Trust est testé positif dans l'Adamawa. Nous avons encore un autre qui travaille avec la radio nationale NTA testé aussi positif", a-t-il expliqué.

10.05.2020. Coronavirus. United States. Ron Hutson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for his work about race relations, has died from COVID-19 complications at the age of 72, The Boston Globe has announced. Hutson, a former Globe reporter, won journalism’s top prize in 1975 as part of the newspaper’s coverage of court-ordered school desegregation. He also edited a series about race issues in Boston that was also awarded a Pulitzer in 1984, the newspaper reported.

10.05.2020. Coronavirus. Cameroun. Le journaliste Simon Mexanga est mort à 54 ans des suites du Covid-19. C’est le premier journaliste camerounais à décéder du coronavirus.

09.05.2020. Bangladesh. Third journalist killed by the coronavirus. Daily Bhorer Kagoj Crime Reporter Aslam Rahman has died with covid-19 symptoms. The Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) has expressed deep shock over his death. Aslam started his career in journalism with the daily Manabzamin in 2000. Later, he joined the daily Dinar Sheshe in 2006. From there, he joined the Vorer Kagoj as a staff reporter. The apex body of journalist unions across the country, BFUJ, demanded compensation of at least Taka 50 lakh for every newsman died of Covid-19 and support the treatment of those infected by employers, blasting the media owners' apparent apathy towards the victims. Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) along with its main affiliate Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) issued a statement on May 9 following an emergency meeting saying, the Covid-19 so far killed three newsmen and infected over 100 others but until now they received little support from their employers. At its very onset, the meeting observed a one-minute silence paying tributes to the memories of journalists Humayun Kabir Khokan, Hahmudul Hakim Apu and Aslam Rahman, who died of Covid-19.

09.05.2020. Periodistas y COVID en América Latina: ya murieron más de 70 trabajadores de prensa. Se han registrado fallecimientos por coronavirus de periodistas y trabajadores de medios y junto con nuestras organizaciones afiliadas en la región, instamos a las autoridades y empleadores a hacer cumplir y acatar los protocolos sanitarios para evitar más contagios. La Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe de la Federación Internacional de Periodistas recibe periódicamente, a través de sus afiliados en la región, partes sobre el estado de los trabajadores del sector en el contexto del COVID-19. Hasta la fecha, hemos recibido una preocupante cantidad de contagios y una lamentable nómina de fallecidos a causa de la enfermedad. Por eso, porque el periodismo es una profesión que se ejerce en la calle y al servicio de la comunidad que necesita información sobre la pandemia, exigimos a las autoridades de cada país garantizar los insumos de protección y el cumplimiento de los protocolos sanitarios para que todos los trabajadores tengan y sepan cómo cuidarse durante su labores. Lamentamos comunicar la siguiente nómina de fallecidos y manifestamos nuestra solidaridad para con sus familiares y colegas. Desde FIP trabajamos para capacitar sobre protocolos y medidas de prevención e instamos a los responsables institucionales a cumplir con los procedimientos establecidos por la Organización Mundial de la Salud para minimizar los efectos del Coronavirus en la población. México: 5 - República Dominicana: 3 - Perú: 7 - Ecuador: 55 - Brasil: 4 - Colombia: 1.

08.05.2020. Coronavirus. Canada. Joyce Davidson-Susskind, a longtime broadcaster and television personality who worked with the likes of “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace and married television talk-show host and producer David Susskind, has died in Toronto of Covid-related illness. Davidson, who was born in Saskatoon, Sask. in 1931, died on May 7 at age 89 at Meighen Manor, where at least 38 residents have died during the outbreak. She had a decades-long career.

08.05.2020. Coronavirus: Perú. Fallece Manuel Sánchez Cobos periodista de Tv Perú. El periodista y corresponsal de Iquitos de TV Perú falleció este 8 de mayo debido a una infección por coronavirus según confirmó en un comunicado de prensa el Instituto de Radio y Televisión del Perú (IRTP). Según lo que dice el comunicado, el periodista Sánchez murió haciendo su labor de periodista. Esta madrugada también se dio el deceso del camarógrafo de Panamericana Televisión, Mario Bucana, quién se encontraba internado en el hospital Sabogal del Callao y falleció tras semanas de luchar contra la enfermedad.

08.05.2020. Coronavirus. Colombia. Muere periodista Paco Lasso con síntomas de Covid-19. El cronista ambiental y periodista Antonio Paco Lasso falleció ayer en la ciudad de Leticia, al parecer víctima del Coronavirus, confirmó la familia. Desde años atrás, el profesional de la información, que estaba por cumplir 70 años de vida, luchaba por el bienestar del ecosistema selvático del Amazonas.
08.05.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. Morreu nesta sexta-feira, 8, aos 78 anos, vítima da Covid-19, o produtor de cinema, diretor teatral e jornalista Jesus Chediak (photo). O jornalista, que era diretor de Cultura da ABI, e curador da Secretaria de Cultura e Economia Criativa do Rio de Janeiro, onde faleceu, já foi professor da Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA).

07.05.2020. Coronavirus. United Kingdom. Journalist who served weekly for decades dies of coronavirus aged 87. A journalist whose career with a weekly newspaper spanned almost half a century has died from coronavirus aged 87. Tributes have been paid to Graham Fulton, who worked his way up from apprentice monotype operator at the Perthshire Advertiser to become its regular football reporter.

07.05.2020. Coronavirus. United Kingdom. Catherine Waring died on May 3 at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital aged 48. The Worcester-born writer worked her way up from trainee reporter with the Shrewsbury Chronicle in the early 1990s to become a sub-editor for the Shropshire Star and its weekly sister papers. She also spent time with the Hereford Journal and freelancing for a paper in Welshpool.

07.05.2020. Coronavirus. India. Journalist Dies Of COVID-19 in Agra. A senior journalist, Pankaj Kulshrestha, from Uttar Pradesh who had tested positive for coronavirus died on Tuesday in Agra. A journalist took to Twitter to share the sad news of Kulshrestha's death. Pankaj Kulshrestha worked with a prominent Hindi daily as a deputy news editor. It's probably the first case of a journalist’s death due to coronavirus in India. On April 21, 26 employees of a Tamil news channel based in Chennai tested positive for the coronavirus. The previous day, over 50 journalists from Mumbai were found infected, after samples of over 170 journalists were tested.

07.05.20. Coronavirus.Mexico. Fallece primer periodista por COVID-19 en Baja California. El periodista Moisés Márquez Villegas (photo) falleció la mañana de este jueves, luego de haber sido internado en el Hospital General de Tijuana desde el 20 de abril tras dar positivo a COVID-19. Márquez Villegas se desempeñaba como subdirector editorial del semanario Infobaja y había sido titular de la Dirección de Comunicación Social en el ayuntamiento de Tijuana.

07.05.2020. Coronavirus. How does the PEC count journalists who died from coronavirus ? Interview of the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen published by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN): COVID-19’s Toll on Journalists: At Least 64 Dead in 24 Countries

(read the GIJN article on PEC NEWS)

06.05.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. Morre repórter do ‘Fala Baixada’ vítima da covid-19. O radialista, árbitro de futebol e repórter Márcio Garçone (photo) morreu nesta terça-feira (5) vítima do novo coronavírus. Márcio era repórter do ‘Fala Baixada’, programa independente exibido pela Band Rio e CNT. Nas rádio cariocas ele trabalhou, entre outras, na 93FM, na Gospel FM e na Melodia. Atualmente, prestava serviços a radioweb ‘Fidelidade’.
06.05.2020. Coronavirus. Bangladesh. Another journalist dies with Covid-19 symptoms. Daily Somoyer Alo Sub Editor Mahmudul Hakim Opu has died of Covid-19 symptoms in Dhaka. Earlier on April 28, Opu's colleague, the city editor of the Daily Somoyer Alo Humayun Kabir Khokon, died of Covid-19.

05.05.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. Sindicato lamenta a morte do jornalista Fernando Sandoval por covid-19. O Sindicato dos Jornalistas Profissionais no Estado de São Paulo (SJSP) lamenta a morte do jornalista sindicalizado e ex-atleta olímpico Fernando Antonio Sampaio Sandoval na última sexta-feira, dia 1º, por covid-19. O jornalista atuou em grandes veículos de comunicação, como o Estado de S. Paulo e as revistas Veja e Istoé.

04.05.2020. Coronavirus. France/Spain. Ex-Cannes Critics’ Week Head, Industry Activist Jose Maria Riba Dead at 68. Indefatigable art film activist José María Riba, a former head of Cannes Critics’ Week, driving force behind San Sebastian’s Films in Progress and co-founder of Espagnolas en Paris, died on May 2 from cancer, exacerbated by the effects of COVID-19. He was 68. He worked as a journalist for Liberation and, from 1982 to 2017, for Agence France-Presse.

04.05.2020. Coronavirus. Pakistan. As many as 40 journalists have tested coronavirus positive in the country, said a government official on Monday. Three of them have fallen victim to it, he added. Mohsin Naqvi, the owner of the 24 News, confirmed that more than 30 members of his staff including journalists contracted the virus. "We have decided to close down the head office from Monday onwards till further notice. We have moved all necessary operations to some other place to keep our screen up. Nearly 90 per cent of our staff will be working from home,” Naqvi said in a tweet.

04.05.2020. Coronavirus. Ecuador. Three more journalists have been killed by the virus. Among the 12 victims are Olmedo Mendez, Victor Hugo Pena, Angel Sanchez, Manuel Varas, Paul Tobar, Carlos Loor, Omar Paredes, Luis Alberto Flores, Roberto Roman, Augusto Iturburu, Omar Salvatierra and Rosendo Escobar Cardenas. All were journalists on the front lines in Guayaquil as the death toll drastically rose. “Most of the journalists are believed to have been infected while working. But you cannot be sure," said Cesar Ricaurte, the CEO of Fundamedios, a non-governmental organisation promoting press freedom across the Americas. Agusto Iturburu was a sports journalist with the El Telegrafo newspaper in Guayaquil. Large sporting events were held in late February and early March as the virus began to take hold in the country. Iturburu was covering those sports events and did not - like most local journalists in the area - use personal protective equipment (PPE). Agusto died of COVID-19 in mid-April after being hospitalised for weeks.

03.05.2020. Coronavirus. Italia. La morte di Stefano Montomoli, giornalista vittima del Coronavirus. Aveva 69 anni. Stefano Montomoli, ex-direttore di Radio Siena, è morto all’ospedale Le Scotte di Siena dove era stato ricoverato circa un mese fa dopo essere stato trovato positivo al Coronavirus.

03.05.2020. Mexico. Fallece tercer periodista por coronavirus. Muere por coronavirus el periodista Miguel Ángel García Tapia en Morelos. García Tapia trabajó por mucho tiempo como reportero de varios medios de Morelos, además de que era miembro de una familia con un legado periodístico en aquella entidad.
02.05.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. Jornalista Marcelo Bittencourt, da Rádio USP, morre vítima de Covid-19. Jornalista, de 68 anos, ganhou duas vezes o Prêmio Jabuti. Seu falecimento foi anunciado na última sexta, dia 30 de abril. Ele produzia atualmente na Rádio USP o programa Biblioteca Sonora, em que entrevistava autores e abordava lançamento de livros.

02.05.2020. Coronavirus. Pakistan. Muhammad Anwar, a crime reporter at Daily Khabrain, died of COVID-19 in Sukkur on Thursday. According to journalist Riaz Mengal, Anwar was diagnosed with coronavirus a few days ago. He is the first journalist in Sindh to die of the virus. Around 40 journalists and media workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. Earlier this week, senior journalist Zafar Rasheed Bhatti, died after a three-week battle with coronavirus in Rawalpindi.

02.05. Coronavirus. Peru. Piura: Periodista deportivo muere en hospital COVID-19 y familia denuncia irregularidades. La familia asegura que el paciente ingresó con presión baja y no por la Covid-19. Indican que se contagió en el hospital y que durmió varios días al costado de cadaveres.

02.05.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. A Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte (UERN) lamenta profundamente o falecimento do jornalista e radialista Emery Jussier Costa (photo), ocorrido nesta sexta-feira, 1 de maio. Ingressou no jornal “O Mossoroense”, sendo colunista respeitado por vários anos. Chegou a prestar serviços ao Diário de Natal e ao Diário do Nordeste, de Fortaleza. No final da carreira, atuou em programa na “TV Mossoró”, ao lado de Laíre Rosado.

01.05. Coronavirus. Colombia. Lamentamos el fallecimiento, a los 92 años de edad, de Carlos Pinzón, importante locutor y presentador de televisión y radio del país, y quien creó la Teletón.

World Press Freedom Day 2020 - Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2020 - Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa 2020 - Dia Mundial da Liberdade de Imprensa 2020

01.05.2020. Coronavirus used as a pretext for many press freedom violations - at least 55 journalists have died from Covid-19 in two months // Le coronavirus prétexte à de nombreuses violations de la liberté de la presse – au moins 55 journalistes sont morts du Covid-19 en deux mois // El COVID 19 se ha utilizado como un pretexto para que se hagan muchas violaciones a la libertad de prensa. Al menos 55 periodistas han muerto desde el 1 de marzo // Coronavírus usado como pretexto para diversas violações à liberdade de imprensa – ao menos 55 jornalistas morreram em decorrência de Covid-19 em dois meses

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29.04.2020. Coronavirus. Bangladesh. A journalist has died in Dhaka, with symptoms of Covid-19 infection - fever, cough, and shortness of breath. He was 46 years old. Humayun Kabir Khokon, city editor of Bangla newspaper Daily Shomoyer Alo, breathed his last at the Regent Hospital in Uttara on Tuesday night. He is the first journalist in Bangladesh who have passed away with Covid-19 symptoms. 

29.04.2020. Coronavirus. México. Muere por coronavirus el periodista Alejandro Cedillo, el segundo reportero fallecido en medio de la pandemia en México. El periodista mexicano Alejandro Cedillo, de 40 años, era el coordinador de la sección Metrópoli en el diario La Crónica de Hoy.

28.04.2020. Coronavirus. Mexico. La periodista Martha Caballero Collí tenía 43 años al momento de morir en un hospital del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) debido a una insuficiencia respiratoria aguda y neumonía viral, provocada por COVID-19. En una ultima declaración de la periodista, Martha Caballero responsabilizaba a su jefe por exponerla a ella y al equipo durante la contingencia sanitaria a causa de la pandemia de coronavirus. La reportera trabajaba en la Dirección de Comunicación Social de Solidaridad, en Quintana Roo. Martha trabajó en varios medios de comunicación, como Quequi y Diario de Quintana Roo; también fungió como directora de Comunicación Social de Isla Mujeres.

28.04.2020. Coronavirus. Pakistan. Senior journalist Zafar Bhatti dies due to coronavirus. Former president of the Associated Press Of Pakistan’s employees’ union and senior journalist Zafar Rasheed Bhatti passed away in Islamabad due to the coronavirus on Monday, a press release by the news organisation said. Bhatti had joined APP in 1984 before working in various news organisations, including Nawa-i-Waqt and Pakistan Press International, it said.

27.04.2020. Coronavirus. Egypt. Journalist Mahmoud Riad Abujabal, the head of Sports desk at EL Khamis online portal, died from the new coronavirus COVID-19 on Monday afternoon. Riad Abujabal is the first journalist who died of the virus in Egypt. Three weeks ago, he and his family were tested positive for the disease and quarantined in al-Agoza hospital, in Giza.

27.04.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. Repórter morreu de coronavírus. O jornalista esportivo, Alfredo Menezes, de 72 anos, morreu nesta segunda-feira (27), em São Luís, com covid-19. Ele estava internado no Hospital Carlos Macieira, mas foi liberado ao apresentar melhoras. Nesta segunda, porém, ele acordou com falta de ar e morreu por volta das 9h30. O jornalista foi durante 30 anos editor de esporte do jornal O Estado do Maranhão.

26.04.2020. Coronavirus. United Kingdom. Former presenter of  BBC Radio 4's Farming Today Richard Sanders dies, aged 62, after catching coronavirus in hospital. Mr Sanders worked on the popular programme, which is aired every weekday and on Saturdays, for more than a decade from 1988. 

26.04.2020. Coronavirus. República Dominicana. Mercedes Castillo, presidenta del Colegio Dominicano de periodistas, reveló que la prensa dominicana ha sido bastante afectada por la pandemia del coronavirus, con el deceso de tres de estos profesionales. “El periodismo nacional ha perdido tres miembros, Pedro Fernández de San Francisco de Macorís, Ramón Lora relacionista por muchos años del CODIA, y el periodista y escritor René Rodríguez Soriano que residía en Miami pero que falleció en Texas, Estados Unidos", lamentó la presidenta del CDP. Agregó que hay dos periodistas internos que son Bienvenido Calderón, quien estuvo en terapia intensiva y ahora está en una sala normal afectado por COVID-19, y el periodista Manuel Ruiz que se está recuperando en Nueva York de la misma enfermedad. También se encuentran en recuperación los periodistas Roberto Gerónimo, Quique Sosa de Bonao, Carmen Ramírez quien reside en España, igual dijo de otros profesionales que tienen afecciones pulmonares pero que han dado negativo a la prueba del coronavirus, en tanto otros comunicadores han perdido parientes víctimas de la terrible pandemia.

25.04.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. O jornalista e radialista amazonense conhecido como 'Repórter Furacão', Roberto Augusto dos Santos, morreu na madrugada deste sábado (25) em Manaus, vítima de coronavírus.  Ele havia sido internado na quinta-feira, já com complicações, e tinha fibrose nos pulmões. A Assembleia Legislativa do Amazonas (Aleam) lamentou, através de uma nota, o falecimento: "Profissional exemplar, dedicado, amigo de todos, que por mais de 20 anos serviu o Parlamento amazonense".

25.04.2020. Coronavirus. Sweden.  Gunnar Seijbold (65) a Swedish press photographer died on 25 April after suffering from Covid-19. He had been ill for a month and spent the last week in hospital.  During his career he worked for several newspapers, including Expressen, Dagens Nyheter, and Aftonbladet. He also worked in the capacity of photographer for the Swedish government and worked as the official European Union photographer.

24.04.2020. Coronavirus. Japan. Actress and TV host Kumiko Okae died from pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus on Thursday. She was 63. Okae (photo) made her acting debut in 1975. In addition to dramas, she appeared on entertainment shows, including NHK’s “Renso Game.” She also hosted Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc.’s “Hanamaru Market” morning information show from 1996 to 2014.

24.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Brasil. O apresentador Roberto Fernandes, de 61 anos, jornalista da TV Mirante, afiliada da Globo no Maranhão, faleceu na última terça-feira (21) em decorrência do coronavírus. O jornalista teve passagens pela Rádio São Luís AM, TV Brasil e Rádio Educadora AM e na Rádio Mirante AM. Ele chegou a atuar como comentarista esportivo do SporTV em jogos do Sampaio Corrêa e era apresentador de política do programa Bom Dia Mirante.

21.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Spain. Muere el periodista José María Calleja (photo) por coronavirus. Calleja (León, 1955) comenzó su carrera informativa a principios de los ochenta en la delegación de la Agencia Efe en el País Vasco, desde donde pasó a Euskal Telebista (ETB), coincidiendo con una de las etapas más sangrientas de la historia de ETA. Señalado como objetivo de la banda contó durante años con protección de escolta, y con el libro “Arriba, Euskadi, la vida diaria en el País Vasco” ganó el Premio Espasa de Ensayo en 2001. En los últimos años, era profesor de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid y colaboraba en varios medios de comunicación, como la Cadena Ser y eldiario.es.

21.04.2020. Coronavirus. United States. Robert Fresco, a reporter who worked on many of Newsday’s investigations, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning story about Baby Jane Doe, died on his 78th birthday of complications of COVID-19.

20.04.2020. Coronavirus. United Kingdom. Well-respected former Clitheroe journalist dies of coronavirus aged 67. Brian Hood (photo) began his career on the Clitheroe Advertiser and also worked on Blackpool daily The Gazette before moving to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. He later spent time on the Wall Street Journal and freelanced for most of the Fleet Street papers. Between 1993 and his retirement in 2018 he worked on London’s Evening Standard, where he served as a sub-editor and later production editor on its business pages.

20.04.2020. Coronavirus. United Kingdom. Journalist Gulshan Ewing, former editor of Eve’s Weekly, dies of Covid-19 in London at 92. Veteran Indian-origin journalist Gulshan Ewing was known to be on first-name terms with leading actors and politicians of her time, and interviewed some of the most iconic celebrities from around the world.
19.04.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. Após contrair coronavírus, morre o jornalista Renan Antunes em Florianópolis. Renan Antunes trabalhou em veículos catarinenses como O Estado SC e o Diário Catarinense. Ele também atuou em veículos de imprensa nacionais como o Jornal do Brasil, Veja, TV Cultura e Estadão. Foi vencedor de prêmios importantes para o jornalismo como o Esso de 2004, Jornalista do ano no RS 2005 e Best Features Writer em 2006 pela Arkansas Press Association.

16.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS.  Venezuela/United States. La periodista venezolana radicada en Miami Mariahé Pabón (photo) perdió la batalla contra el coronavirus. Falleció el miércoles 15 de abril, en un hospital de Miami donde estuvo conectada a un respirador. Era una periodista querida y admirada en Venezuela. Entrevisto a artistas, deportistas y políticos. Nacida el 20 de enero en 1930, en Colombia, Pabón tenía una trayectoria notable como periodista. Durante años destacó como columnista y reportera en medios como El Nacional, El Universal y El Mundo; ejerció como directora de la afamada revista Estampas y fundó el diario Meridiano.

15.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Sweden. Swedish TV and radio personality Adam Alsing (photo, 51) died from the Covid-19. “It is with great sadness and tremendous lack that we are forced to announce that our beloved Adam is no longer with us. After a couple of weeks of fighting against covid-19, Adam passed away on Wednesday,” said Alsing's relatives. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins friends and colleagues mourning his passing.

14.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Brasil. A surcusal de jornalismo do Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao (SBT), corre o risco de ser interditada por ter se tornado foco de proliferação do novo coronavírus. Na última segunda-feira (13), o editor de imagens José Augusto Nascimento Silva, de 57 anos, morreu vítima da Covid-19, após ser internado no Hospital Badim, na Barra da Tijuca. De acordo com a Associação Brasileira de Imprensa (ABI), estima-se que dos 75 profissionais que trabalham na emissora, 35 estejam infectados. Além da morte do editor, um cinegrafista do SBT Rio estaria internado em estado grave com Covid-19.

14.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Ecuador. Un total de 23 organizaciones que agrupan a periodistas ecuatorianos dieron a conocer una carta abierta, en la que reclaman a las autoridades protección a su integridad física, para poder realizar su labor en el contexto de la actual pandemia. El documento informa, además, que al menos nueve trabajadores de los medios de comunicación han fallecido por causa de la covid-19. Se registra, hasta este lunes, 16 profesionales de la comunicación contagiados y 18 en aislamiento. Los comunicadores ecuatorianos señalaron que la falta de garantías para el ejercicio periodístico en el marco de la pandemia, afecta el acceso del pueblo a la información.

13.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. United States. Well-known sports photographer Anthony Causi died Sunday from the coronavirus at the age of 48.

Causi captured photos of New York City sports teams for the New York Post in a career that spanned over 25 years. The Post reported Causi’s death yesterday and honored him today with a back cover that reads: “Our Eyes, Our Heart. And Our City’s Loss.”

11.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Austria. Hannes Schopf (photo) died on Good Friday at the age of 72. The former press 
spokesman for the Association of Austrian Newspapers (VÖZ) and former editor-in-chief of "Furche" 
died of the coronavirus. He was infected during a ski vacation in Ischgl. VÖZ and the Association of
Catholic Publicists were deeply affected by Schopf's demise.

10.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Belgique. Le monde du cinéma et de la télévision perd l'un de ses plus formidables ingénieurs du son. Marc Engels (photo), qui a notamment officié en tant que preneur de son pour Le Bureau des légendes, a été emporté par la maladie Covid-19, à l'âge de 54 ans. La nouvelle de son décès a été rapportée sur Twitter par Eric Rochant, le créateur de la série phare de Canal+.

09.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Algérie. Le photographe Firas Zaghez (photo) est décédé des suites du coronavirus mercredi 8 avril. Le jeune photographe était connu pour son sérieux et sa passion pour la photo. De nombreux confrères lui ont rendu un hommage appuyé par des messages sur les réseaux sociaux. L'ancien journaliste au quotidien "El Moudjahid", Mohamed Baghdadi est également décédé mercredi 8 avril à Blida à l'âge de 79 ans des suites du Covid-19.

09.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the statement of the UN Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet (photo) at an informal briefing to the Human Rights Council. She emphasizes the imperative of respect for civil and political rights during this crisis. 

She said:Emergency measures may well be needed to respond to this public health emergency.But an emergency situation is not a blank check to disregard human rights obligations. Emergency measures should be necessary and proportionate to meet that need. People should be fully informed about the emergency measures and told how long they will remain in effect. The enforcement of emergency measures needs to be applied fairly and humanely. Any penalties should be proportional to the offence committed and laid down by law.

“I am profoundly concerned by certain countries' adoption of emergency powers that are unlimited and not subject to review. In a few cases, the epidemic is being used to justify repressive changes to regular legislation, which will remain in force long after the emergency is over.

“I am also concerned by steps taken to impose restrictions on media freedom and freedom of expression. Vaguely formulated actions to combat alleged "misinformation" could be applied to any criticism, and in some countries we have already seen reports of journalists being penalized for reporting a lack of masks; health-workers reprimanded for saying they lack protection; and ordinary people arrested for social media postings about the pandemic.  Criticism is not a crime.

“I urge all Governments to greatly increase access to accurate information and statistics. Transparency is paramount and can be life-saving in a health crisis. I also urge an end to any blanket Internet and telecommunication shutdowns and denials of service. (…) The only effective way to fight an epidemic is with the public's trust”.

08.04.2020. Coronavirus. United States. ABC News is mourning the loss of Good Morning America studio camera operator Tony Greer, who died due to complications from the novel coronavirus. GMA co-host Robin Roberts announced his death on air Wednesday. She said that Greer worked on the morning show for more than six years.

06.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. United States. Indian-American journalist Brahm Kanchibotla has died of COVID-19 that is ravaging New York. The journalist died on Monday morning after nine days in a hospital. Brahm Kanchibotla, 66, was a correspondent for United News of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of veteran journalist Brahm Kanchibotla saying he will be remerbered for his fine work.

03.04.2020. Coronavirus. United States. Anick Jesdanun, 51, deputy technology editor for The Associated Press, died in New York City on Thursday of coronavirus-related complications.  For more than two decades, Jesdanun helped generations of readers understand the emerging internet and its impact on the world. Jesdanun, a Pittsburgh native who grew up in New Jersey, worked in AP bureaus in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Washington before moving to New York.

03.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS.  Russia. A 36-year-old Russian journalist died from the coronavirus
on March
31, authorities said on Thursday two days after her passing, drawing criticism for
allegedly withholding the news. Anastasia Petrova (photo), chief editor of the Delovoy Interes
business weekly in the city of Perm (1,400 kilometres east of Moscow), was hospitalized with
pneumonia on March 24. Regional health authorities reportedly said that Petrova’s coronavirus
diagnosis had not been confirmed until after her death Tuesday.

03.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. La Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) lamenta profundamente el deceso de seis periodistas latinoamericanos victimas de coronavirus. La Fundación Andina para la Observación y Estudios de Medios (Fundamedios) informó que cuatro periodistas murieron y 14 permanecen aislados en la provincia de Guayas, suroeste de Ecuador, tras presentar síntomas del Covid-19.  Tres de los cuatro periodistas fallecidos se sometieron a una prueba para detectar el coronavirus, pero solo se confirmó tras su muerte, algo que está ocurriendo en muchos de los casos en Guayas, la provincia más afectada, con más del 70 % de los 2.748 contagios confirmados en el país. Dos periodistas murieron en República Dominicana del Covide-19. La mayoría de comunicadores afectados habían realizado su trabajo en exteriores o entrevistado a personas contagiadas, sin contar con medidas de seguridad especiales.

02.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Peru. Muere el primer periodista a causa del Covid-19 en Lima. El Colegio de Periodistas de Lima informo miercoles 1 de abril el fallecimiento de Ricardo Gutierrez Aparicio a causa del coronavirus. Lamentamos la partida de un colega y expresamos ademas las mas sentidas condolencias a sus familiares.

02.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) signed the appeal of Antonio Guterres: "The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war" and supports his call for an immediate global ceasefire. Here is the Secretary-General statement:

“Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. The virus does not care about ethnicity or nationality, faction or faith.  It attacks all, relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world.  The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price. They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19. Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed. Health professionals, already few in number, have often been targeted. Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable. The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world. That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives. To warring parties, I say: Pull back from hostilities. Put aside mistrust and animosity. Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes. This is crucial…To help create corridors for life-saving aid.

01.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. United States. A Bangladeshi photojournalist has died from coronavirus infection in New York (United States).  A Hai Swapan breathed his last at Queens Hospital on Monday night. Swapan worked for Bangladeshi newspaper Daily Manabzamin.

31.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Brasil. O jornalista Lauro Freitas Filho, de 61 anos, morreu no sábado, 28, no Rio de Janeiro, com sintomas da Covid-19. Editor-chefe do jornal “Monitor Mercantil”, Lauro Freitas Filho estava trabalhando na sua casa, acatando o isolamento social prescrito pelo governo do Rio.

31.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. United States. The US news industry is mourning the death of a veteran CBS News journalist who died as a result of the coronavirus. Maria Mercader, who worked at CBS News for more than three decades, died at a New York hospital at age 54, according to CBS. "Even more than her talents as a journalist, we will miss her indomitable spirit," said Susan Zirinsky, CBS News president and senior executive producer. Throughout her career, Mercader covered major news events such as the 9/11 attacks and Princess Diana's death. In 2004, she won a Business Emmy for her work on CBS Sunday Morning.

30.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. France. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) rend hommage à Henri Tincq, journaliste français décédé du Covid-19. Ancien journaliste à La Croix, puis au Monde où il a tenu la rubrique religiosn de 1985 à 2008, le journaliste français Henri Tincq, 74 ans (photo), est mort dimanche soir 29 mars, emporté par le coronavirus.

29.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Zimbabwe. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is sad to learn the death of a prominent journalist killed by the coronavirus. The Zimbabwean broadcaster Zororo Makamba (photo, 30) died from the virus. Famous for his online social and political commentary, under the banner "State of the Nation", his death achieved an unwanted milestone. He was the country's first coronavirus casualty and it shocked Zimbabwe. Family members have argued that his death has exposed the inadequacies of the country's medical response to the threat of coronavirus.

29.03.2020. Coronavirus. Italy. Morto a Bergamo Raffaele Masto: lo storico giornalista di Radio Popolare aveva 66 anni. Raccontava guerre e crisi umanitarie. Era noto per aver raccontato trent’anni di storia ed eventi dell’Africa. Lavorava nella redazione esteri di Radio Popolare ed era seguitissimo sul suo blog “Buon giorno Africa”.

28.03.2020. Coronavirus. Maroc. Le monde des médias est en deuil au Maroc. La journaliste Laila Tarzaim est décédée vendredi à l’hôpital Moulay Abdellah de Salé, des suites d’une infection au coronavirus. Elle avait 38 ans. La défunte a occupé les postes d’Office Manager de Medi 1 Rabat et d’assistante du PDG de la chaîne entre 2012 et 2016.

28.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. United States. Alan Finder, an unflappable eye in the storm of daily newspapering, reported on or oversaw coverage of New York City government, education, urban affairs, sports and international news during nearly three decades at The New York Times. He died on Tuesday at 72 at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.

27.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Le Togo a enregistré vendredi 27 mars  son premier décès lié au Covid-19. Il s’agit du journaliste Dominique Aliziou dont la mort a été annoncée par la famille du défunt. Selon togobreakingnews, le directeur de publication du journal Chronique de la semaine avait séjourné récemment en Europe et testé positif au Coronavirus.

25.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Iran. Iranian men bury the journalist Abdollah Zavieh, who passed away due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Behesht Zahra cemetery in Tehran, Iran, March 24, 2020 (photo).

24.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Italy. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) mourns the death of a first journalist killed on duty by the Covid-19 in Italy. Paolo Micai (photo), cameraman and 60-year-old professional journalist, had followed for Mediaset all the main Genoese events in recent years. He was hospitalized for about fifteen days owing to the coronavirus. Lately he had followed the coronavirus emergency in several hospitals. “Today television and information lose one of its best professionals”, said the president of the Liguria Region Giovanni Toti. The PEC expresses its deepest condolences to the family and his colleagues. The Geneva-base NGO asks again that all workers in the communication sector be equipped with the indispensable tools of safety and protection from contagion and stresses the importance of information in the places affected by the epidemic, without endangering the lives of media workers.

21.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Spain. Two celebrated sports journalists from Spain -- José María Candela and Tomás Díaz-Valdés -- succumbed to COVID-19. Candela passed away at the age of 59 as announced by his media, Radio Nacional de España (RNE), via Twitter. Valdés, a veteran reporter for Spanish newspaper AS for thirty years, also passed away due to complications of coronavirus infection at the age of 78.

20.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomed the joint statement issued by David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, and Edison Lanza, IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression calling on governments to promote and protect access to and free flow of information during COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the statement on PEC NEWS

18.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns measures taken by some governments to restrict or censor news under the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that the health crisis is not used as an excuse to adopt regulations that could affect independent media coverage, limit media freedom and silence critical voices. In this regard, the PEC condemns measures taken by Iran to limit the access to information on the coronavirus crisis in the country. It also condemns the decisions by the United States and China to cut foreign media staffs. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on March 18 that all US journalist working in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post will have their press passes revoked, after recent restrictions on Chinese journalists in the US. “International exchange of information and free flow of independent news are needed more than ever to fight the virus, and not fake news, ideological bias and political pressures. Targeting journalists in these very difficult times is a blow to informing the public about the evolution of the epidemic”, stressed PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen. Regarding safety,  the PEC also urges governments to ensure that journalists reporting the health crisis on the ground have access to proper medical protection and are not prevented from doing their job.

16.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. France. Le journaliste Jean-Michel Denis s’est éteint à 67 ans le 16 mars à Paris, emporté par l’infection au Covid-19. Journaliste féru de musiques du monde, en particulier pour les sonorités africaines, Jean-Michel Denis fut un chroniqueur inlassable du foisonnement de genres musicaux qui font la particularité du continent. Il a décrypté ces tendances pour Elite Madame, puis a passé une vingtaine d’années à Afrique Magazine avant de collaborer à VSD et à Paris Match Afrique.

10.03.2020. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 43rd session. Item 4. Oral statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC): "Democracies are sending the wrong message and setting an unfortunate precedent by inflicting on Julian Assange severe mental suffering and psychological torture (…). As a journalist, Julian Assange has only done his job (…) Julian Assange like other journalists arbitrary detained around the world must be released as soon as possible".

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28.02.2020. FREEASSANGE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes and supports the decision by the Geneva parliament to ask Switzerland to issue a humanitarian permit for Julian Assange. At his trial for extradition to the US in London, the cofounder of WikiLeaks appears this week in a very bad shape. It is a question of offering a concrete and immediate solution to a person prosecuted for political reasons and seriously affected in his physical and mental health.
This visa must allow Julian Assange to be treated at the University Hospitals of Geneva, where security measures can be put in place. "Julian Assange must be released for medical reasons", added PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen.

Now more than 1400 journalists have signed. Join us on: www.speak-up-for-assange.org

26.02.2020. PAKISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) in Geneva mourns the death of two journalists in Pakistan. Javedullah Khan, 36, was shot dead Tuesday in Matta, in the Swat Valley (northwest of the country) when two gunmen opened fire on his vehicle. He worked as a bureau chief for the Urdu language newspaper Ausaf. A local police official confirmed that it was a targeted attack. Many of his relatives were killed  due to their involvement in anti-Taliban peace committees. It is the second journalist killed this year in Pakistan after Aziz Memon (photo) , who worked for the privately-owned Sindhi TV channel KTN News and Sindhi-language Daily Kawish. He was found strangled to death in an irrigation ditch near the town of Mehrabpur (Sindh) on 16 February. The PEC condemns these murders and calls for independent investigations. Pakistan ranks among the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers.

20.02.2020. MEXICO. La Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) condena el asesinato de Teresa Aracely Alcocer, conocida públicamente como “Bárbara Greco” (photo, 37).

Trabajaba como locutora de radio en La Poderosa, en Ciudad Juárez, una de las ciudades fronterizas entre México y Estados Unidos con alta presencia del crimen organizado. Recientemente se habia manifestado, desde sus redes sociales, en contra del asesinato de Fatima, femicidio que por sus resonancias aun conmueve a gran parte del pais. El PEC exige a las autoridades que garanticen el pronto esclarecimiento de lo ocurrido y la condena a los responsables. Es la primera periodista asesinada este año en México. El año pasado, 14 periodistas fueron asesinados en México.

20.02.2020. #FREEASSANGE. More than 1200 journalists from 99 countries have released a joint statement today in defence of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, in the lead up to proceedings in a UK court to extradite him to the United States to face the espionage charges. The court case begins on 24 February. "All journalists use information from confidential sources so the legal actions are an extremely dangerous precedent that threatens the world’s journalists and news media", the statement notes. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) signed the statement (photo pec: demonstration in front of the United Nations in Geneva on 19.12.2019). 

Read the statement on PEC NEWS and on www.speak-up-for-assange.org
View the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHOoMhu8FPg&feature=youtu.be

16.02.2020. SOMALIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is sad to learn the heinous murder of journalist Abdiweli Ali Hassan (photo) in Agfoye, south of Mogadishu. The reporter was working with Universal TV. He was attacked by two unidentified gunmen who shot him in the head. The killing of the journalist is the first in Somalia in 2020. Last year, three media workers were killed in Somalia, one of the most dangerous countries for media. The PEC calls on local authorities to investigate this crime, bring its perpetrators to justice and to better ensure the safety of journalists who informs the public at great risk.

13.02.2020. PARAGUAY. Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condena el 
asesinato del periodista brasileño Lourenço Leo Veras (photo) encargado 
del portal web Pora News y corresponsal de varios medios brasileños 
en Pedro Juan Caballero en la frontera con Brasil. El PEC exhorta a las 
autoridades a realizar una investigación completa y exige proteccion de 
los colegas de la zona ante la inseguridad  reinante.

06.02.2020. SYRIA. Media activist killed in Idlib. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing of Amjad Aktalati (photo), on February 4 in Ariha in Idlib countryside by Russian airstrikes. The brave media activist worked for several media outlets, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. Amjad's last post on Facebook was "The situation is so catastrophic." This killing reminds us that the war in Syria is still raging. According to the United Nations, Russian-Assad offensive against opposition-held areas in Syria has displaced more than half a million people in two months, since 1 December, 80% women and children. In another incident, two journalists and two cameramen were injured on 3 February while covering the clashes near Aleppo city between the Syrian army and arned groups: reporter Diaa Qadour and Ibrahim Kahil, cameraman for al-Alam TV, Kinanah Aloush, a correspondent for Sama TV and Souhaib al-Masri cameraman of Al Kawthar TV. In a separate incident, Wafa Shabruni, a reporter working for Russia Today, was severely injured by ammunitions left by militants at Maarret-en-Nuuman in the province of Idlib. The PEC demands that the safety of journalists be guaranteed by all the belligerents.

27.01.2020. TURKEY UNDER SCRUTINY at the UNITED NATIONS. Panels on Press Freedom and Human Rights Defenders. On the occasion of the report of Turkey delivered at the 35th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has organized a side event at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, 27th January, 1pm-2.30pm, room XXV: "Information meeting on the UPR process in Turkey".
Key Note Speaker: ambassador Stephen Rapp, former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues on the Office of Global Criminal Justice - moderator: Louise Pyne Jones, head of research, International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR)

Panel 1: Press Freedom. Guest speakers: Mr Yavuz Baydar, editor-in-chief of Ahval, Ms Evin Baris Altintas, journalist and blogger, Mr Massimo Frigo, senior Legal Advisor for International Commission for Jurists (ICJ)
Panel 2: Human Rights Defenders. Guest speakers: Dr Sebnem Korur Fincanci - president of the Human Rights Foundation in Turkey, Nurcan Baysal, award-winning Turkish Human Rights Defender and Journalist, Anne van Wezel, former co-chair EESC EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee.

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) congratulates States which at UPR35 recommended Turkey to release all journalists detained and to uphold Freedom of Expression, and calls on Turkey to comply without delay with these recommendations.

Read more on PEC NEWS

25.01.2020. #FREEASSANGE IN 2020. UPDATE: Edward Snowden joined more than 1150 journalists from 96 countries who have signed the appeal to free Assange. Julian Assange, publisher of Wikileaks, has been charged under the US espionage act for publishing the Afghanistan and Iraq war diaries and US embassy cables, important documents that many of us around the world used and helped to publicise.This sets an extremely dangerous precedent for journalists, media organizations and freedom of the press. We do not want to be silent at this time. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) invites all journalists and people in journalism-related roles to be part of this global statement in defence of Julian Assange.

Please read the statement and join us on: speak-up-for-assange.org

23.01.2020. BRASIL. Brazilian prosecutor should drop charges against Intercept Brasil co-founder and editor Glenn Greenwald (photo). On January 21, Federal Public Prosecutor Wellington Divino Marques de Oliveira filed a petition before the 10th Federal Court in Brasília, charging Greenwald with multiple crimes, including criminal association and invasion of an electronic device. Charging Glenn Greenwald with criminal association for his communication with sources poses a threat to any investigative journalist, stresses the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC). In a statement published January 21, The Intercept said it viewed the charges as an attempt to criminalize its journalism and that it was “appalled” by the “blatantly politically motivated charge against Greenwald, in an apparent retaliation for The Intercept’s critical reporting on abuses committed by Justice Minister Moro and several federal prosecutors.”

08.01.2020. NO TO IMPUNITY. Two milestones in January in Malta and in Slovakia. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) will closely follow these major developments in the fight against impunity.
- Slovakia: Trial begins in the Kuciak murder case. The trial of those suspected of involvement in the murders of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnirová in February 2018 has begun before a special court in the Slovakian town of Pezinok on December 19. The court accepted the indictement and set January 13 as the date on which the main trial will begin. Commentators' expectations are high. Businessman Marian Kočner (photo) is accused of contracting the assassination, Miroslav Marcek and Tomas Szabo are accused of carrying out the killing, and Alena Zsuzsova is accused of acting as an intermediary

- Malta: Malta' Prime Minister Joseph Muscat resigned mid-January. Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed by a car bomb in October 2017 had been investigating alleged corruption within the government. Her family and protesters have accused Muscat of trying to shield members of his inner circle from the investigation into her death. The arrest of a prominent businessman Yorgen Fenech doesn't mean the case is close.
The public inquiry into the assassination of the journalist held its first sitting in court in December and continues in January.

23.12.2019. Saudi Arabia sentences five to death for murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) regrets that the Saudi court had failed to bring the real perpetrators to justice. Masterminds walk free one more time.
Five men have been sentenced to death and another three face a total of 24 years in prison for their roles in the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. However, the investigation concluded “the killing was not premeditated …. The decision was taken at the spur of the moment,” the deputy public prosecutor and spokesperson Shalaan bin Rajih Shalaan said, reading the verdict in the Saudi capital on Monday. Three senior figures, including the de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s former top adviser, Saud al-Qahtani, were cleared of wrongdoing during the trial. The verdict contradicts the conclusion of the CIA and other western intelligence agencies that Prince Mohammed directly ordered Khashoggi’s assassination. Khashoggi, a US-based columnist for the Washington Post who was critical of the Saudi government, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October last year. The 59-year-old’s body has not been found and is thought by Turkish investigators to have been dissolved in acid. UN special rapporteur Agnès Callamard said in a tweet on Monday that the trial’s conclusion was a “mockery” and the “antithesis” of justice.

19.12.2019. DEMO IN GENEVA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) demands the immediate release of Julian Assange
The organizations Solidarités sans frontières, ADETRA, CETIM, City of Geneva Green Party, City of Geneva Socialist Party, Courage Foundation, droitsfondamentaux.ch, Geneva Green Party, Geneva Socialist Party, Jeunes POP Genève, Jeunes POP Suisse, Juristes Démocrates de Suisse, PALC (commercial productions), Press Emblem Campaign, PST-POP, Solidarité Bosnie, Syndicom demand the immediate release of Julian Assange #FreeAssange

"Assange and WikiLeaks have documented serious violations of humanitarian law in Afghanistan and Iraq. To enforce the law, it is necessary to make known the abuses. Assange did only his job of journalist, he must be freed on humanitarian grounds", PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen said at the demo in Geneva in front of the UN building.

19.12.2019. PHILIPPINES. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the  verdict delivered on Ampatuan massacre after ten years. The masterminds behind the killing of 58 people, including 32 media workers, were found guilty of murder on December 19. On November 23, 2009, the single deadliest attack on journalists in history occurred when a political convoy was attacked in the southern province of Maguindanao. The PEC commends the efforts of many who have persisted in a very critical fight for justice. The families of the victims received in 2010 the PEC Award for the Protection of Journalists

Read more on our page NO IMPUNITY

13.12. 2019. PEC annual report: 75 media workers killed in 2019 a decrease of 36 percent // Rapport annuel de la PEC: 75 journalistes tués en 2019, en baisse de 36% // Informe anual de la PEC: 75 periodistas asesinados en 2019, en baja del 36% // PEC relatório anual: 75 profissionais de mídia mortos em 2019, uma diminuição de 36 por cento

Read on PEC NEWS the PEC statement in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic, go to casualties for the list of journalists killed

06.12.2019. Speak Up for Assange. Julian Assange (photo), founder and publisher of WikiLeaks, is currently detained in Belmarsh high-security prison in the United Kingdom and faces extradition to the United States and criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act. He risks up to 175 years emprisonment for his part in making public the leak of US military documents from Afghanistan and Iraq, and a trove of US State Department cables. The legal action underway against Mr Assange sets an extremely dangerous precedent for journalists, media organizations and the freedom of the press. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins today an appeal launched by more than 120 journalists and journalistic organizations around the globe, expressing our grave concern for Mr Assange's wellbeing, for his continued detention and for the draconian espionage charges. In a democracy, journalists must reveal war crimes in conflict zones without having to go to jail. It is the very role of the press to act in the public interest. The PEC requests that Assange be released on medical and humanitarian grounds.

Read the statement on PEC NEWS - To sign go to: speak-up-for-assange.org

02.12.2019. MALTA. A TRIPLE VICTORY. Finally after two years of stalled investigations the hope of justice gets closer. Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced on Sunday that he will step down in January, following mounting criticism of his response to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia (photo). It comes as Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech was on Saturday charged with complicity in the murder case. "What we now expect is for the Prime Minister to leave office and Parliament, and to be properly investigated along with Keith Schembri (his chief of staff) for their possible involvement in Daphne's assassination", the journalist's sister Corinne Vella told the Malta Independent. She added on Twitter: "Until he resigns, we will use all legal remedies to ensure Muscat has no further involvement in the investigation and criminal proceedings, other than a possible suspect".
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes this progress. "It is a triple victory: for the family who fought for justice with determination and courage in an exemplary manner during more than two years; a victory for numerous NGOs, journalists, the people of Malta and the European institutions who mobilized so that a credible investigation takes place; and a victory in the fight against impunity. It demonstrates that with perseverance and mobilization no crime can go unpunished", stressed the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen. The family of Daphne Caruana Galizia received in June 2018 the PEC Award for the protection of journalists.

26.11.2019. UNITED NATIONS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes a new resolution adopted last week by the General Assembly on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. The resolution adopted by consensus was sponsored by 106 States, a record number. It is the 11th resolution on the safety of journalists adopted since 2006 by the United Nations. The PEC calls upon all Member States to fully implement the new resolution.

Read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS, the text of the new UN resolution on DOCUMENTS

20.11.2019. MALTA. A major step forward in the fight against impunity? The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the arrest in Malta of a potential mastermind behind the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The Geneva-based NGO regrets that it took more than two years to make this arrest, hopes a quick investigation on all aspects of this crime as well as a fair trial of all those responsible. A prominent businessman Yorgen Fenech (photo) was arrested on Wednesday as he tried to leave the island, a day after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat offered to pardon a suspected middleman in the murder if he provided evidence of who was behind the killing of the Maltese journalist.

16.11.2019. MALTA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the revised terms of the public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, in particular the fact that her family can be involved in proceedings. The PEC, alongside the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, have long called for an independent and effective public inquiry into her assassination, which took place in Malta on 16 October 2017. The PEC will continue to closely monitor the progress of the Board of Inquiry, an important test to combat the impunity of crimes against journalists in Europe.

Read more on our page NO IMPUNITY

13.11.2019. BOLIVIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns recent attacks against media outlets and journalists in Bolivia.
Groups of anti-Morales protesters have targeted media outlets they accuse of politically biased reporting. State media and pro-government broadcasters have been forced off air, media offices have been set on fire and vandalized, and reporters and outlets have faced threats, according to the National Press Association in Bolivia (ANP). Violent attacks and threats against media are unacceptable, said the PEC. Journalists should never become a conduit for political anger. The PEC calls on all sides in Bolivia to respect the right of the press to work without interference and on police to help in ensuring the safety of all media workers in the country.

Photo: Los noticieros de las estatales Boliviatv y Radio Patria Nueva suspendieron sus emisiones en la tarde este sábado 9 de noviembre, mientras el director de la radio afín al gobierno Comunidad, de la Confederación Sindical de Campesinos de Bolivia, y del semanario Prensa Rural, José Aramayo, fue atado a un árbol y amenazado con dinamita por vecinos de la zona de Miraflores de la ciudad de La Paz.

11.11.2019. IRAQ. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. Universal periodic review. On the occasion of the UPR 34 review of Iraq by the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns attacks and arrests of journalists while violent unrest continues.
PEC expresses concern over the upsurge in attacks on media outlets and calls on authorities to ensure the safety of all journalists reporting on protests. Unprecedented violations have occurred and must stop, among them attacks on several journalists by riot police, numerous arrests of reporters, raids on radio and TV broadcasters, several death threats against reporters, the firing of live bullets and tear gas towards journalists, and numerous cases of beatings and obstruction by police. On October 25 Hisham Waseem correspondent of Alsumaria (photo) was seriously injured in the face after the explosion of a tear gas canister in it. The PEC calls on UN Member States to condemn the ongoing violence which has already killed more than 300 people.

05.11.2019. GENEVA PEACE WEEK. Interview published by the Foundation ict4peace of the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen (photo) author of: “Guerre et Paix dans le Cyberespace – Les démocraties à l’épreuve de la révolution numérique” (Georg, 2019). 

"I sound an alarm in the face of the emergence of a new form of totalitarianism, a soft or high-tech totalitarianism, which is a threat to peace and freedom. China, Russia, Iran, Turkey and many other countries in Asia and Africa are censoring the Internet and social networks to the detriment of privacy, freedom of expression and association. These countries use the arsenal of cyber warfare to influence public opinion, including in democracies. This digital counter-revolution aims to stifle the emancipatory power of social networks. Orwell’s prophecies have come true...but we can react and we must react", said Blaise Lempen to ict4peace on the occasion of the Geneva Peace Week.

Read the full interview on PEC NEWS

04.11.2019. Democratic Republic of Congo. Journalist working in Ebola combat killed in Ituri. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the murder of a Congolese journalist who had been raising awareness about the Ebola virus. Mumbere Mahamba (35) has been stabbed to death at his home in Lwemba. This shocking killing happens while DR Congo is experiencing the world's second-worst Ebola epidemic on record. Mr Mahamba had just hosted an Ebola awareness programme on a community radio station when the attack took place. The PEC calls for the authorities to conduct a serious investigation into the murder and to punish those responsible. Hampering attempts to eradicate the disease is a very serious violation of human rights. First declared in August 2018, the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever has so far killed 2,185 people, according to the latest official figures (photo).

31.10.2019. International Day to Combat Impunity for crimes committed against journalists November 2 // Journée internationale de la fin de l'impunité pour les crimes commis contre des journalistes le 2 novembre // Día internacional para poner fin a la impunidad por crímenes contra periodistas el 2 de noviembre

PEC Press release: Fewer journalists killed, but media workers targeted in demonstrations in several countries, and insufficient progress in the fight against impunity (photo: anti-government protests in Iraq) // Communiqué de la PEC: moins de journalistes tués, mais des reporters visés lors de manifestations dans plusieurs pays, et des progrès insuffisants contre l'impunité // Comunicado de prensa de la PEC: menos periodistas asesinados, pero reporteros atacados durante protestas en varios paises y progreso insuficiente contra la impunidad.

read the PEC press release English, French, Spanish, Arabic on PEC NEWS - consult also our page NO IMPUNITY

21.10.2019. SLOVAKIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomed official charges against four suspects, including the alleged mastermind, in the February 2018 murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. The Slovak Special Prosecutor’s Office said it filed an indictment against Alena Zsuzsová, Tomáš Szabó and Miroslav Marček as well as Marian Kočner, the controversial businessman accused of ordering the murder. They face up to 25 years in prison or a life sentence. According to Slovak media, today’s step indicates that the authorities have completed their investigation and are confident of a conviction.

20.10.2019. ESPANA/CATALUNA. Periodistas claramente identificados como tales fueron objetivo de la violencia mentras cubrian las manifestaciones. Sindicato de Periodistas de Cataluna contabiliza 65 agresiones contre periodistas. PEC Press Emblem Campaign condena las agresiones a reporteros y exige al Ministerio del Interior que investigue la violencia contra periodistas. Pedimos che cesen de immediato las agresiones e instamos a las autoridades a que garanticen su seguridad (photo: Photojournalist Emili Puig denounced via social media that a rubber ball projectile hit his face, on the left side of the jaw, knocking out a tooth. ACN journalist Bernat Vilaró also reported that the Spanish National police shot a rubber ball at four journalists, also properly identified, in the Ronda de Sant Pere, in Barcelona).

14.10.2019. MALTA. JUSTICE FOR DAPHNE. NEVER AGAIN IN THE EUROPEAN UNION. Wednesday 16 October marks two years since the brutal assassination of Malta’s investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) reiterated its call to the Maltese authorities to prosecute all those involved in planning and carrying the attack.
Although three men have been formally charged with her murder, those who ordered her killing remain at large. The Maltese authorities’ recent announcement to launch a public enquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia is a long overdue and essential step towards justice. The PEC supports the Caruana Galizia family’s call to ensure the full independence and impartiality of the inquiry. The Geneva-based NGO renews its congratulations for his exemplary courage to the family of Daphne who has received in June 2018 the PEC Award for the protection of journalists. In this regard, the PEC welcomes the statement of the new commissioner tasked with defending democracy and the rule of law in the European Union Vera Jourova on Monday 7 October telling MEPs at her hearing that "we definitely must do more" on media freedom "and support journalists whose safety is under threat". Jourova told MEPs she had promised the mother of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia to scrutinise the investigation into her death and promised her son Matthew (photo with his brother Paul) to better protect journalists. NO IMPUNITY ! NEVER AGAIN SUCH A CRIME IN THE EUROPEAN UNION !

14.10.2019. TURKEY/SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the attack by Turkish airstrikes on a civilian convoy in northern Syria. Two journalists were killed by a Turkish air strike near the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain. Syrian Kurdish journalist Saad Ahmed, a reporter for the local news agency Hawar News, died of his wounds shortly after the strike, and three other journalists were injured. Mohammed Hussein Rasho, a Syrian Kurdish reporter and cameraman for Cira TV, was injured in the blast and died of his wounds the following day. The PEC calls on Turkish authorities to immediately cease their reckless attacks on journalists and other civilians.

10.10.2019. IRAQ. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns attacks against media outlets and journalists during the demonstrations across the country. These attacks are intended to muzzle the voice of free media. The PEC joins other international organisations to call on the prime minister of Iraq, Mr. Adil Abdul-Mahdi, to ensure the safety of media workers. As of today, the Iraqi national mechanism for monitoring attacks against journalists - supported by UNESCO - has confirmed the following incidents: 26 attacks against journalists and 14 cases where media outlets were prevented from covering events in Baghdad and the provinces, forced closure of 3 satellite channels by orders of the National Communications and Media Commission of Iraq (CMC), raids by unidentified armed groups into 4 TV offices. On Saturday 5 October, the Baghdad bureaus of Kurdistan-based NRT TV, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya and local Al-Dijla channel were raided by masked men (photo). The PEC expresses its grave concern about these developments, and requests the Iraqi prime minister to enact appropriate measures to guarantee the ability of media workers to pursue their profession.

07.10.2019. HONG KONG. Many journalists injured in ongoing protests. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns excessive use of force against journalists, supports the Hong Kong Journalists Association in its legal challenge, calls on the authorities to allow media workers to do their job safely.
On October 3, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) has filed a legal challenge against the police over what it described as improper treatment of media at ongoing protests. The HKJA said journalists have been subjected to “a pattern of deliberately aggressive and obstructive police tactics as well as unnecessary and excessive force” since demonstrations began in June. The HKJA said the judicial review application referred to incidents of abusive and insulting language, use of high-intensity lights and strobe lighting to interfere with visual recording equipment, exclusion of reporters from newsworthy scenes and locations, deliberate blocking of reporters’ line of sight, as well as deliberate withholding of police officers’ identities. It also noted incidents of journalists being beaten, kicked, pepper-sprayed (photo), targeted with tear gas, having tear gas grenades thrown at them, water cannon jets directed at them and being hit with rubber bullets and bean bag rounds. On Sept 29 a Hong Kong-based Indonesian journalist Veby Mega Indah, who works for Suara, has been hit by a rubber bullet while covering a demonstration. Her right eye was injured by the projectile fired by a police officer. A journalist working with Hong Kong's public broadcaster RTHK was recovering in hospital on Monday Oct 7 after he was hit by a petrol bomb during weekend protests. The PEC will continue to closely follow the situation of freedom of the press in Hong Kong.

02.10.2019. KHASHOGGI. ONE YEAR AFTER. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is grateful to UN Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard and UK media freedom envoy Amal Clooney for recommending a UN Standing Instrument to investigate killings of journalists.
In an interview published by The Guardian, Amal Clooney (photo) said that a “glaring gap” exists in the world’s ability to investigate targeted state killings of human rights defenders and journalists such as Jamal Khashoggi. The international human rights lawyer also said she expected a specialist legal panel, set up by the UK government and due to report soon, to champion a new standing UN investigatory mechanism into such killings. The UN Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard has herself called for such a mechanism, saying there is “a large accountability deficit”. The PEC has repeatedly called on the United Nations to establish such an international mechanism, to fill the gaps in prevention, protection and prosecution.

01.10.2019. KHASHOGGI. ONE YEAR AFTER. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins other organizations for a moment of unsilence one year after the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. It is important that the whole truth be established and accountability be achieved. Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018. Agents of the Saudi government killed the journalist inside the consulate and apparently dismembered his body, which has never been found. Saudi Arabia has charged 11 people in the slaying and put them on trial, which has been held in secret. As of yet, no one has been convicted. A U.N. report by the Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard asserted that Saudi Arabia bore responsibility for the killing and said Prince Mohammed’s possible role in it should be investigated. Speaking to the US network CBS on its 60 Minutes programme aired on Sunday, Prince Mohammed bin Salman MBS (photo) said: "Absolutely not," when asked if he ordered the killing. But he said he took full responsibility, "since it was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government". "This was a mistake. And I must take all actions to avoid such a thing in the future," MBS said of the killing, which he finally called "heinous". The PEC says no to barbaric practices, no to impunity. We call on the international community to ensure that all perpetrators of the crime are identified and prosecuted in a fair trial and to guarantee freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia.

22.09.2019. MALTA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the launch by the Maltese authorities of a public inquiry into the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia (photo), killed on 16 October 2017. "It's coming late, but it is an important step in the fight against impunity and a texbook case for Europe", said the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen.  He added that the public inquiry must be truly independent, impartial and have the truth of all parties, including the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The PEC called repeatedly  for a public investigation to find out who ordered the killing, and if it had been possible to prevent it. The PEC donated its annual award in 2018 to Daphne's family and it once again salutes the courage and determination of Daphne's family in their struggle to make all the clarity on this crime. The PEC will follow up the inquiry which is expected to be concluded within nine months (read more on the terms of reference on our page NO IMPUNITY).

19.09.2019. PEC AWARD 2019. The Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) has been chosen this year to receive the PEC annual award
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has today in Geneva handed over the award to its Executive Director Ahmad Quraishi. "Afghanistan is at a crossroad. Freeedom of the press is at stake. Terrorist groups are a constant threat to civilians and journalists", said the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen at the PEC Award press conference at the Geneva Press Club. "The AFJC works to defend rights of Afghan journalists, the safety of journalists in a very dangerous conflict zone and to ensure freedom of the press and freedom of expression in Afghanistan. They deserve our support", he added. Ahmad Quraishi thanks the PEC for honoring the AFJC. "Taliban, IS (Islamic State group) and constant abuses by warlords, drug mafia and corrupt officials constitute a permanent threat and fear to journalists, the media, and in general freedom of expression/press in Afghanistan", said the AFJC Executive Director. He confided his fear that "we may go back to the dark era experienced under the Taliban". He called upon the international community who supported the Afghan young democracy in the past two decades to uphold the values gained (Photo: at the ceremony for the PEC Award at the Geneva Press Club with Ahmad Quraishi).

Read the press release English and French, speeches, biography on our page PEC AWARD

Ahmad Quraishi Director of the Afghanistan Journalists Center, receiving the PEC Award 2019 from the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen, with His Excellency Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations Nasir Andisha (photo pec)

17.09.2019. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 42nd session. Oral statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) item 4. The PEC worried by the restrictions imposed on the media under the lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

The Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) has been chosen this year to receive the PEC annual award. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) will handed over the award to his Executive Director Ahmad Quraishi (photo) on Thursday September 19, 2019.
Invitation to a press conference with:
His Excellency Nasir Andisha Afghan Ambassador to the UN in Geneva
Ahmad Quraishi director of the Afghanistan Journalists Center in Kabul
Caroline Trautweiler Deputy Regional coordinator South Asia Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Blaise Lempen Secretary-General of the Press Emblem Campaign

Thursday 19 September at 2.30pm - Swiss Press Club, Geneva

Afghanistan is at the crossroad. Democracy and freedom of the press are threatened. Terrorist groups have killed 17 journalists last year and 7 more this year. The director of the Afghan Journalists Center Ahmad Quraishi is in Geneva to receive the PEC annual award for the protection of journalists and will give his testimony. His Excellency Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations Nasir Andisha will analyze the political situation at a critical moment: the United States want to withdraw their troops but negociations with the Talibans are deadlocked.

07.09.2019. RUSSIA-UKRAINE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomed today’s release of Ukrainian film director and writer Oleg Sentsov from Crimea, of the correspondent of the Ukrainian National News Agency, Ukrinform, Roman Sushchenko, and of journalist Kirill Vyshinsky, the chief of the RIA Novosti Ukraina office in Kyiv, as a result of the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine. Sentsov was arrested in Simferopol by Russian security services in May 2014 and convicted in Rostov-on-Don in August 2015. He was serving a 20-year prison term on terrorism charges at a high-security penal colony in the Russian Federation. Sushchenko was arrested in Moscow in September 2016 and sentenced in June 2018 to 12 years on espionage charges.

In May 2018, the Ukrainian security services raided the office of RIA Novosti Ukraina and arrested Vyshinsky on charges of high treason. In July 2018, he was presented with additional charges and his pre-trial detention was extended several times. The PEC recalls that journalists should not under any circumstances be imprisoned for their journalistic work and must have the right to freely express opinions and dissenting views, even those that could be considered controversial.

02.09.2019. Missing Maldives journalist abducted in Aug 2014 was killed by al-Qaeda affiliate. Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla (28, photo) had been missing since August 7, 2014. Husnu Suood, the head of a presidential commission set up to investigate the case, found that members of a local affiliate of Al-Qaeda executed Rilwan on a ship for his writing about alleged Al-Qaeda links in the Maldives and his advocacy for freedom of expression, according to news reports. Officials in the Maldives have previously denied the existence of hardline Islamic groups in the Maldives, despite a spate of attacks against people advocating the practise of moderate Islam and freedom of belief. The attacks include the killing in 2017 of a prominent blogger, Yameen Rasheed, who led a campaign to find Rilwan. Rilwan worked for Minivan News, an English news website now named The Maldives Independent. Weeks before his abduction in August 2014, the 28-year-old journalist wrote a series of reports on Maldivians joining armed groups in Syria's war, said Suood. Maldivian authorities should prosecute those responsible for the 2014 killing of Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, including the planners of the attack as well as any government officials who interfered in the investigation, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said today.

25.08.2019. ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED IN MEXICO. A Mexican reporter has been found dead in his home Aug 24, making him the thirteenth journalist killed in the country this year. Nevith Condes Jaramillo (photo) died as result of being stabbed several times. Jaramillo, 42, ran the local news site El Observatorio del Sur. On his website, he posted stories that led to him being at odds with local government, resulting in several threats over the last year. Jaramillo had requested federal protection because of the threats. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the murder and calls for an independent investigation.

21.08.2019. YEMEN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply concerned about the fate of journalists after days of fightings between government forces and Yemeni separatists from the Southern Transitional Council in the port of Aden. The PEC condemns a series of attacks and calls on the warring parties to let journalists report freely and free all journalists detained. The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) reports that an armed group broke into the house of journalist Ali Saleh Al-Essa who works for the daily 14th October while he was abroad and seized some of his personal effects. Another armed group linked to the Transitional Council (TC) in Aden lodged a complaint against journalist Ahmed Maher for his writings which criticized the illegal practices of the Transitional Council militias. A group of journalists have also claimed they have been prevented from working at the state-owned newspaper 14th October which is now controlled by the TC. Other media workers from Yemen Public Radio and Television were refused access to the broadcaster's building which is also controlled now by the TC. Saba press agency is also prevented from producing any work by groups close to the TC, YJS reports.

15.08.2019. INDIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly criticized the restrictions imposed on the media under the lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir and called on the authorities to guarantee the media’s access to information and right to work. Communication in and out of the Indian region of Jammu and Kashmir has been blocked since August 4 following changes to the region’s autonomy in India’s Constitution. In the following days mobile, landline and the internet were cut off in the region. The PEC stands in solidarity with journalists in Kashmir and demands that all communication is restored in the region.

Kashmir has nearly 180 English and Urdu daily newspapers, but only five are publishing these days due to restrictions imposed by Indian authorities to prevent unrest after New Delhi revoked the state’s autonomy.

11.08.2019. RUSSIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses deep concern about violence against journalists covering protests in Russia.
The PEC condemns several detentions and repeated attacks on foreign and russian journalists during demonstrations for fair elections on July 27, August 3 and August 10. The PEC calls on Russian authorities to allow journalists to cover protests freely and safely. Police must stop use of abusive force, a clear attempt to intimidate journalists and censor coverage (photo Reuters:  Russian opposition figure Lyubov Sobol was detained August 10 near her office in Moscow)

10.08.2019. Northern Ireland. Deathly silence shields the killer of journalist Lyra McKee. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) asked for the investigation to be accelerated (read on our page NO IMPUNITY)

03.08.2019. MEXICO. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing of  three more journalists. Rogelio Barragán Pérez (47) was killed on July 30, in the town of Zacatepec, in Morelos state (photo). He was the founder of the news website Guerrero Al Instante. Separately Edgar Alberto Nava López, founder of the news website La Verdad de Zihuatanejo, was found dead on August 2 in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, and Jorge Celestino Ruiz Vazquez has been murdered in Veracruz. These three brutal killings in one week are the tragic consequence of Mexico’s failure to address impunity in attacks on the press, said the PEC. Only an international mechanism to investigate these crimes can help to solve the problem. Mexico is the most dangerous country for journalists. At least 12 journalists have been killed in Mexico since the beginning of 2019 and 17 last year, according to PEC figures.
13.07.2019. SOMALIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is saddened to learn that two Somali journalists were among the 26 fatal victims of an attack by the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab on a hotel in Kismayo, in southern Somalia, on 12 July. The two media fatalities were Mohamed Sahal Omar, who worked for SBS, a TV channel based in the northwestern Puntland region, and Hodan Nalayeh (photo), who had Canadian as well as Somali nationality and worked for Integration TV. The death of these two reporters, the first to be killed this year in Somalia, is a reminder that Somali journalists continue to be the ones who are most exposed to this kind of terrorist attack after those in Afghanistan.

04.07.2019. PEC report for the first six months of 2019. According to the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), 38 journalists were killed in 20 countries from January to the end of June 2019. During the same period in 2018 (January to June) 66 journalists were killed: the decrease is significant with 42% less casualties than the previous year. This decrease is a positive development, however the trend remains very worrying in two countries. In Mexico, 9 journalists have been killed in six months and 6 in Afghanistan, more than one third of the total of fatalities (read the PEC report on PEC NEWS in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic)

03.07.2019. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 41st session item 4 - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) draws the attention of the Human Rights Council to two dramatic situations for media workers and freedom of the press: Afghanistan and Mexico. An independent mechanism must fill the gaps in prevention, protection and prosecution  (read the statement delivered by the PEC on PEC NEWS)

01.07.2019. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 41st session item 3. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) thanks the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings Agnes Callamard for her presentation at the Human Rights Council  of her report (A/HRC/41/36) into the killing last October of Mr Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. In order to address similar cases in the future the PEC fully supports the Special Rapporteur's recommendation to the Human Rights Council or the General Assembly to establish a Standing Instrument for the Criminal Investigation into Allegations of Targeted Killing, or other acts of violence against journalists and human rights defenders. It is of utmost importance that crimes targeting journalists do not go unpunished and that all officials at all levels are identified and prosecuted (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

20.06.2019. UKRAINE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply shocked by death of journalist Vadim Komarov in Ukraine. He had been in a coma since suffering a violent attack on 4 May in Cherkasy, Ukraine. Vadim Komarov (photo) was a well-known media professional exposing corruption and uncovering abuses of power. It is regrettable that about one-and-a-half months after the attack the law enforcement have not yet identified the perpetrators nor reported any progress on the investigation. The investigation into the July 2016 murder of Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet in Kyiv also continues to be shrouded in mystery. Those responsible for those crimes must be identified and face justice.

19.06.2019. Khashoggi killing: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the report of UN human rights expert Agnes Callamard (photo) confirming that Saudi Arabia is responsible for “premeditated execution”.
Following a six-month investigation, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings issued her findings into the killing last October of Mr Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "His killing was the result of elaborate planning involving extensive coordination and significant human and financial resources. It was overseen, planned and endorsed by high-level officials. It was premeditated", the report said. "The killing of Mr Khashoggi constitutes an international crime over which other States should claim universal jurisdiction. I call on those States to take the necessary measures to establish their competence to exercise jurisdiction under international law over this crime of extrajudicial execution,” Callamard said. The Special Rapporteur also determined that there was credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials’ individual liability, including that of the Crown Prince. Callamard called on the Human Rights Council, the Security Council or the UN Secretary-General to conduct an international follow-up criminal investigation for the purpose of determining individual liability and identifying options towards judicial accountability. The PEC fully agrees with the statement of Agnes Callamard and asks States to follow her recommendations.

16.06.2019. A l'occasion de la parution de son nouveau livre: "Guerre et Paix dans le Cyberespace - les démocraties à l'épreuve de la démocratie numérique" (Georg éditeur, 282 pages), Blaise Lempen a expliqué sa démarche et confié ses inquiétudes à la PEC. Il faut défendre nos libertés, nos démocraties à la fois contre les abus des multinationales du numérique qui concentrent les données et ceux de régimes autoritaires qui cherchent à supprimer toute opinion critique. L'Europe doit mener ce combat face aux empires numériques chinois, russe et américain. Une réflexion sur les mutations profondes de notre environnement sociopolitique et les outils de promotion de la paix numérique (lire l'interview de Blaise Lempen sur PEC NEWS)

12.06.2019. ENDLESS TRAGEDY IN MEXICO. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is sad to learn that an other woman journalist has been killed in Mexico. Norma Sarabia (photo) was shot dead on 11 June in Huimanquillo, Tabasco. She is the 9th journalist killed in Mexico since the start of 2019. Mexico is the most dangerous country for media workers. The PEC calls for an international investigation into these killings to end impunity.

28.05.2019. BRAZIL. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) denounces the assassination of journalist Robson Giorno in Maricá in the state of Rio de Janeiro on 25 May. The PEC trusts that the investigation will lead to the prosecution of the perpetrators of this crime. Robson Giorno (photo) was the founder and principal reporter of the online Jornal O Maricá, which focused on local news and politics. Unidentified callers lured Giorno out of his house where he was killed by unidentified assailants who immediately fled the scene. Robson Giorno is the first journalist to be killed in Brazil in 2019. Four journalists were killed last year in Brazil. Impunity must end (see casualties).

27.05.2019. SYRIA. As Syrian government air strikes continue to pound the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria, international and domestic journalists have come under fire - seemingly intentionally. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the attacks on Sky News' team in Idlib and other journalists by Syrian forces. According to Sky News' special correspondent Alex Crawford (photo), Sky News crew - clearly identified as journalists - was deliberately targeted on May 24 and attacked by Syrian regime forces using military drones to pinpoint their location, before launching a series of strikes. No members of the Sky News crew were hurt, according to Crawford's report. American journalist Bilal Abdel Karim, who was with them at the time, was wounded. The attack followed shortly on from the wounding of journalist Ayham Mohammed al-Bayoush on 18 May, as a result of another aerial attack by the Syrian government in the town of Maarat al-Numan, in the south of Idlib. On May 24, airstrikes also injured Mustafa al-Abbas, a reporter for the pro-opposition broadcaster Al-Jisr, and Mustafa al-Khalaf, a reporter for the pro-opposition broadcaster Syria TV, according to the Syrian Journalists' Association.  Such attacks are shocking. Media workers should be allowed to work without such threats to their lives. The PEC reminds all belligerents that targeting journalists is a war crime.

12.05.2019. AFGHANISTAN. ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED. A prominent Afghan journalist Mena Mangal (photo) has been gunned down on Saturday morning in south-east Kabul, just days after she warned on social media that she feared for her life. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns this deliberate and heinous murder against a women's rights defender and asks the authorities to bring those responsible to justice. Mangal made her name as a presenter on the Pashto-language channel Tolo TV, the country’s largest private broadcaster, and later worked for Shamshad TV. She was a passionate advocate of women’s rights to education and work, and had recently become a cultural adviser to the lower chamber of Afghanistan’s national parliament. Afghanistan is after Mexico the most dangerous country for media workers this year with 5 journalists killed since January.

06.05.2019. MYANMAR. Finally a good news. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of two Reuters reporters after 511 days in jail. The Press Emblem raised the case of Wa Lone (33) and Kyaw Soe Oo (29) many times at the Human Rights Council since march 2018 and is pleased to learn that dialogue can work even with difficulties and delays. Both reporters should never have spent a day in prison. They were released under a presidential amnesty for 6,520 prisoners. Before their arrest in December 2017, they had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys by security forces and Buddhist civilians in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Government spokesman Zaw Htay said the decision to release the two was made after the families wrote to government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to Reuters.

04.05.2019. MEXICO. One more journalist killed, seventh this year.
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of another journalist Telésforo Santiago Enríquez (photo), founder of a community radio station El Cafetal. He was found shot to death in a car on Thursday May 2nd in the southern state of Oaxaca. Enriquez is at least the seventh media member to be killed during President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration. In March, the deputy interior minister for human rights, Alejandro Encinas, said six others had been murdered since López Obrador took office in December. The PEC calls on the authorities to conduct an exhaustive investigation into Enriquez' death and to bring the killer to justice. Mexico is the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers, according to the PEC.

02.05.2019. World Press Freedom Day 2019 - Net decrease in the number of media victims // Journée de la liberté de la presse 2019 - Nette diminution du nombre de victimes parmi les journalistes // Día de la Libertad de Prensa 2019 - Fuerte disminución en el número de víctimas entre los periodistas (read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS - English, French, Spanish and Arabic)
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) noted with satisfaction a decrease in the number of journalists killed so far in the year compared with the same period last year. On the occasion of Press Freedom Day the PEC noted close to a 56 percent decrease registering 20 victims in 12 countries from 1rst January to 30 April against 46 during the same period last year.

21.04.2019. Northern Ireland. Freelance journalist Lyra McKee (photo) shot dead while she was covering the riots in the city of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on Thursday night 19 April. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is shocked and urges the authorities to ensure a full investigation into her death. Our thoughts are with her partner, family and many friends and colleagues. On April 23rd, the New Irish Republican Army (New IRA) ackowledged its responsiblity in Lyra McKee's death and offered apologies to the journalist' relatives. Her death underscores dangers journalists face around the world while doing their job.

18.03.2019. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is sad to learn the murder of four journalists in three days, one in Mexico, one in Afghanistan, one in India and one in Honduras. The PEC condemns those killings and demands thorough investigations. A Honduran reporter critical of the government Leonardo Gabriel Hernandez (photo) was shot dead Sunday, March 17, in Nacaome, 100 kilometers south of the capital Tegucigalpa. He is the first journalist to be killed in the central American country since 2017 (go to Casualties)

13.03.2019. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 40th session. Since the beginning of 2019, 13 more journalists were killed. The PEC urges the Members of the Human Rights Council to fight more firmly impunity and to bring the responsible of those crimes to justice (read the oral statement delivered by the PEC on PEC NEWS)

08.03.2019. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 40th session. On the occasion of #InternationalWomensDay and the general debate on item 3 at the Human Rights Council, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) agrees with the Special Rapporteur Michel Forst that women journalists face high risks in a number of countries and calls upon Member States to better protect women defenders.
(Read the oral statement delivered at the HRC by the PEC on PEC NEWS)

05.03.2019. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 40th session.  The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly protests against the pressure exerted by the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the UN in Geneva // La Presse Emblème Campagne proteste fermement contre les pressions exercées par la Mission permanente de Turquie auprès de l'ONU à Genève (read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS)

The side-event took place at the Palais des Nations on March, 5 with the support of the Global Alliance MGF and the PEC (photo: the panellists with the moderator Eric Sottas). The Permanent Mission of Turkey in Geneva exerted pressure to remove civil society from the work of the Human Rights Council. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) denounces it firmly.  The UN Director-General and the Office of the High Commissionner said that there was nothing against the speakers justifying an action against them.
19.02.2019. NO PROGRESS IN TURKEY. Cumhuriyet trial convictions a new setback for media freedom. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is alarmed by the decision of an Istanbul court to uphold convictions and severe sentences handed down to dozens of Cumhuriyet journalists.  The PEC urges the immediate release and dismissal of all charges against these journalists. On 18 February, an Istanbul court upheld a ruling to jail journalists and executives from the newspaper Cumhuriyet. According to the court ruling, many journalists will have to return to prison to serve the remainder of their sentences. Several other media workers, all of them convicted to more than five years in prison, will appeal against their sentences at a higher court.

18.02.2019. MEXICO. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is appalled by the killing of radio announcer Reynaldo López (photo) in Hermosillo, Sonora. Reporter Carlos Cota is in critical condition. Several men armed with automatic weapons opened fire on them from another vehicle, killing López and seriously wounding Cota before fleeing the scene.
The PEC condemns the aggression against the reporters and urges Mexican authorities to bring the responsible of this crime to justice and ensure the safety of journalists. Reynaldo López is already the third journalist to be murdered in Mexico this year, following the killing of radio host Jesús Ramos Rodríguez in Tabasco a week ago and the assassination of community radio director Rafael Murúa in Baja California in January. Mexico was the most dangerous country for journalists in 2018 with Afghanistan.

17.02.2019. SLOVAKIA. One year after the murders of Kuciak and Kušnírová several protest gatherings will be held under the slogan “We won’t forget! We will continue!”. Slovakia will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the cold-blooded murder of investigative reporter Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová on February 21. One year later, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) regrets that the crime remains unsolved and unpunished. The PEC is also worried that the attention of authorities is mainly on the individual culpability of the murderers and not on the state’s responsibility for failing to protect Ján Kuciak. States have positive obligations to protect journalists - especially after they report threats.

16.02.2019. PHILIPPINES. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins 24 civil society groups calling for the dropping of charges against "Rappler" and Maria Ressa (photo). The PEC views with extreme concern the unwarranted arrest of Rappler's chief executive officer Maria Ressa on Wednesday, 13 February 2019, based on libel charges arising from a story published almost seven years ago by the online news site. Although Ms. Ressa was released on bail on 14 February 2019, the charges against her remain pending (read the statement of solidarity with Ressa and Rappler published on: www.seapa.org )

08.02.2019. Turkey/Saudi Arabia: UN expert delivers early findings in Khashoggi probe. “Evidence collected during my mission to Turkey shows prime facie case that Mr Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia,” said in a statement Agnes Callamard (photo), the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the statement of the UN Special Rapporteur, urges all States to cooperate with the investigation and to send a clear message that arbitrary killings motivated to silence critical voices and impunity will not be tolerated (Read the UN statement on our page PEC NEWS)

06.02.2019. YEMEN. A Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka (photo) ordered to surrender passport in Tokyo on way to report on Yemen humanitarian crisis. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) does not agree with this measure. Keeping them out of war zones is not the best way to protect journalists who are essential witnesses of humanitarian crises (read the full story of the Japan Times on PEC NEWS).

05.02.2019. AFGHANISTAN. Two Afghan Journalists killed in targeted attack. Unidentified gunmen have opened fire at Radio Hamsada station in Taloqan, capital of Northern Takhar province, killing two journalists:  reporter Shafiq Aria (26) and presenter Rahimullah Rahmani (25) in what the director of the Radio said was a "targeted attack". The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply concerned by the murder of the young journalists, strongly condemns the attack and demands a full investigation of the incident to bring those responsible to justice. Afghanistan was last year the deadliest country for journalists in the world with Mexico.

02.02.2019. BRAZIL. Investigative journalism helps to shed light on murders of communicators in Brazil.
31.01.2019. SYRIA. US court finds Assad regime liable for Marie Colvin's death in Syria

(read the stories on our page NO IMPUNITY)

27.01. 2019. TURKEY. FINALLY AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO JAMAL KHASHOGGI'S MURDER. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the visit to Turkey of a three-member team of international experts to conduct an inquiry into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2 last year and hopes that the mission will be able to shed light on new elements in order to ensure accountability and transparency in this case . The PEC calls upon all authorities to cooperate with the experts. The experts in Turkey between January 28 and February 3 plan to report to the UN Human Rights Council in June. The UN rights office in Geneva said in a statement before the visit that the independent panel would seek to establish "the nature and extent of states and individuals responsibilities for the killing". The three members of the panel are Agnes Callamard (left on the photo meeting with Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, ap), UN special rapporteur on summary or arbitrary executions, British barrister Helena Kennedy and Duarte Nuno Vieira, a professor at the department of legal and forensic medicine and medical law at Coimbra University, Portugal.  A Saudi public prosecutor's spokesman said last year that 21 Saudis had been taken into custody over the case, 11 of whom had been indicted and referred to trial. The prosecutor said it was seeking the death penalty for five of the 11 suspects. US intelligence agencies believe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the operation to kill Khashoggi, a critic and Washington Post columnist, and say his body was dismembered and removed to a location still publicly unknown. Riyadh denies the Crown Prince had any involvement in the murder.

22.01.2019. FIRST JOURNALIST KILLED IN MEXICO IN 2019. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of Rafael Murúa Manríquez (photo, 34), calls on Mexican authorities to undertake a transparent and exhaustive investigation and to bring the killers to justice. Murúa was the director of Radiokashana FM, a community radio station in the town of Santa Rosalía, in the northern state of Baja California Sur. The journalist had reported receiving threats several times in recent years, and since June 2017 Murúa was assigned protective measures by the Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists. Such measures include bodyguards, a panic button, and security systems at their residences and offices. Mexico was the most dangerous country for journalists in 2018 with 17 killed.

20.01.2019. LIBYA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) mourns the death of popular photographer, Mohamed Ben Khalifa (photo, 35) who worked for Associated Press news agency. He was killed by shellfire on Saturday Jan 19th south of Libya’s capital Tripoli where he was covering militia clashes. He was one of the leading photographers in Libya since 2014 and has won many awards. The PEC sends its condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.
17.01.2019. GHANA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale (34) on Wednesday, 16 January in Medina, a suburb of the capital, Accra. Hussein was a member of the team led by award-winning journalist Anas Aremeyaw that exposed corruption in African football. The PEC calls on the Government of Ghana to bring to justice the perpetrators and those who ordered this heinous crime. Ahmed Hussein-Suale is the second journalist to be killed in Africa in 2019.

11.01.2019. MYANMAR court confirms seven-year jail terms for Reuters journalists. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is appalled to learn that Myanmar’s high court  upheld the jail sentences of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo (photo) detained since December 2017. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo just did their job as reporters, investigating a massacre of Rohingya civilians by soldiers in a village in the north of Rakhine state. The PEC calls upon the United Nations and the Human Rights Council to condemn this judicial harassment against the two journalists that sent a chilling message to Myanmar’s journalists.

06.01.2019. KENYA: Journalist found dead, strangled in Kisii home. Johnson Nyakundi (photo) was found dead at his home in Jogoo estate, Kisii County on New Year’s day. The former cameraman for Newstar, Mwanyagetinge and Voice of Victory TV stations, was last seen two days before Christmas. Journalist Johnson Nyakundi was strangled, post-mortem report shows. He is the first journalist killed in 2019. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns this murder, calls for a swift and thorough investigation and that those behind this heinous act are identified and punished.

03.01.2019. UPDATE PEC annual report : 117 media workers killed in 2018 in 31 countries, an increase of 18 percent compared to 2017. Since the publication of its annual report on December 16, the PEC mourns the death of 4 more journalists, one in India, one in France, one in Colombia and one in Somalia.
In a decade, from 2009 to 2018, the final figure is 1225 journalists and media workers killed, 122 per year, on average 2,34 per week.

read the updated PEC press release on PEC NEWS

22.12.2018. SOMALIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) mourns the loss of Somali Journalist Awil Dahir Salad (photo), working for Universal TV. He was killed with at least 15 other people in a car bomb attack claimed by al Shabaab close to the president’s residence in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The prominent journalist is the fourth journalist killed in Somalia in 2018. The PEC send its condolences to the family's members, friends and colleagues of Awil Dahir.

19.12.2018. NEW VICTIM OF TERRORISM AMONG THE MEDIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) regrets the death of Antonio Megalizzi (photo, 29) an Italian journalist killed by Chérif Chekatt in Strasbourg (France) on December 11th. He had come to Strasbourg to cover the news of the European Parliament for Europhonica. Our thoughts go to the family and all Antonio’s friends and colleagues.

17.12.2018. PEC ANNUAL REPORT: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) announced that since the beginning of the year 113 journalists were killed in 30 countries, an increase of 14 percent in media casualties compared to the previous year // Rapport annuel de la PEC: depuis le début de 2018, 113 journalistes ont été tués dans 30 pays, une hausse de 14% par rapport à l'année précédente, a affirmé lundi la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) dans son rapport annuel // Informe anual de la PEC: la Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció que desde el comienzo del año, 113 periodistas han sido asesinados en 30 países, lo que representa un aumento del 14% en las bajas en los medios de comunicación en comparación con el año de 2017.

Read the PEC press release on PEC News, list of victims and graphics on our page Casualties

Main figures: most dangerous countries in 2018: Afghanistan 17 killed, Mexico 17, Syria 11, India 8, Yemen 8, USA 6, Pakistan 5, Brazil 4, Philippines 4

By region, Asia 36 killed, Latin America 32, Middle East 24, Africa 8, Europe 7, North America 6

In a decade from 2009 to 2018: 1221 media workers killed, 122 per year on average, 2,3 per week

During the last 5 years (2014 to 2018) the most dangerous countries were Syria (with 64 killed), Mexico (61), Afghanistan (48), Iraq (46), Pakistan (36), India (30), Yemen (29), the Philippines (24), Brazil (22) and Somalia (22).
11.12.2018. Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018 recognises journalists. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) congratulates the Time magazine team for choosing killed and imprisoned journalists - "The Guardians" - as people of the year 2018. The magazine featured four different covers with journalists who have been targeted for their work this year. They include Jamal Khashoggi who was killed in the Saudi embassy in Turkey and staff from Capital Gazette, the US newspaper where five people were killed.

The founder of Rappler Maria Ressa of the Philippines, and the wives of Myanmar's Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, detained since one year in Rangoon, are also featured. Time said they were chosen "for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts, for speaking up and for speaking out". Thank you Time Magazine ! Many more journalists killed or detained deserve attention.

05.12.2018. TWO MORE JOURNALISTS KILLED IN MEXICO. Jesús Alejandro Márquez Jiménez (photo), the founder and editor of the news website Orión Informativo, was murdered on same day as Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador inauguration December 1st. Diego Garcia Corona was killed on December 5th in Ecatepec. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns these latest crimes and calls upon the authorities to conduct thorough investigations. Since January, 17 journalists were killed in Mexico, the most dangerous country this year with Afghanistan. Two more journalists, Rodrigo Acuña Morales in Veracruz and Ana Ledesma in Quintana Roo, survived murder attempts last month.

03.12.2018. A sign of hope: November was the least deadly month of the year. Only three journalists killed in November: this is the first time in several years that so few victims have been identified in a month, according to the PEC. Unfortunately, the record for 2018 remains very high with 110 victims identified so far (see on our page Casualties)

24.11.2018. SYRIA. Prominent Syrian radio journalist shot dead by gunmen in the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib
Raed Fares (photo) was killed in the north-western town of Kafranbel. He was a prominent anti-government journalist and also a sharp critic of Islamist militants. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) mourns a huge loss known for his influential "Radio Fresh" broadcasts. Photographer Hamoud Jneed was murdered with him on Friday morning by gunmen who have not been identified. Raed Fares' US-funded Radio Fresh station provides news of the conflict to Syria's northern provinces and is a source for international news outlets. Mr Fares survived an earlier assassination attempt in 2014 when he was shot in the chest by armed men. In 2016, he was abducted by militants affiliated with an Al Qaeda group and tortured. His radio station was raided by militants and bombed by government warplanes. The PEC is appalled by a new blow to the few independent voices that have continued to promote democratic change in the war-torn country.

16.11.2018. NO TO IMPUNITY. JAMAL KHASHOGGI CASE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the new US sanctions on 17 Saudis allegedly involved in the killing of Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. The new measures, which follow travel bans already in place, freeze any assets the 17 may have in the US and prohibit any Americans from doing business with them. However, for the PEC these measures are not sufficient.

The PEC supports the move by a bipartisan group of US senators who introduced legislation seeking to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's murder. If the bill were to become law, it would suspend weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and prohibit US refuelling of Saudi coalition aircraft conducting air raids in Yemen. The move came after Riyadh's public prosecutor said five out of 11 suspects are facing a possible death sentence in the case. Saudi Arabia has admitted Jamal Khashoggi,  a Saudi writer, US resident and Washington Post columnist, was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul on October 2.

Funeral prayers have been held Friday in absentia for slain Saudi journalist in Ankara, Istanbul, London and the Grand Mosque in Mecca and Prophet Muhammad's mosque in the Saudi city of Medina with the participation of Salah Khashoggi, the son of murdered Washington Post columnist.

It is outrageous that the whereabouts of his body are still unknown. The PEC welcomes reports that Turkey is calling for an international investigation into the murder. We need a credible and independent investigation to establish facts and ensure all those responsible are brought to justice in fair trials.

13.11.2018. GAZA. Israeli air strike destroys Hamas TV building in Gaza. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the air strike which bombed Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV building in the Gaza Strip on Nov 12. The PEC recalls that media facilities like any civilian building should not be targeted, on the pretext that they belong to the opposing camp.
The Israeli warplanes fired three warning missile, before F16 planes targeted with at least three missiles the TV headquarters, destroying it completely and causing serious damages to neighboring buildings, according to reports. No injuries were immediately reported and workers were believed to have evacuated after the warning shots. The station began broadcasting again a short while after the strike from an undisclosed location. Israel's military acknowledged hitting the building, saying in a statement "it contributes to Hamas's military actions, including by providing operational messaging to militants, directing and explicitly calling for terror activities against Israel, and providing guidance on how to carry out such terror activities".

07.11.2018. NO TO IMPUNITY. UNESCO launches Observatory of Killed Journalists, tracking actions taken to punish crimes against media practitioners. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes this initiative and hopes that it will help to fight against impunity. Link to the Observatory on our NO IMPUNITY page

Non à l'impunité. L’UNESCO lance l’Observatoire des journalistes assassinés, qui répertorie les mesures prises pour punir les crimes commis contre les professionnels des médias - la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) se félicite de cette initiative en espérant qu'elle aidera à combattre l'impunité. Lien avec l'Observatoire sur notre page NO IMPUNITY

05.11.2018. UKRAINE. One more woman journalist killed in Europe. Kateryna Gandziuk (photo), a civic activist and local council member from Kherson, a city some 550 kilometers south of Kyiv, died on Nov. 4 in a Kyiv hospital. Gandziuk, 33, was attacked with acid on July 31, resulting in severe burns of her head and body. She was a co-founder of the Agency of civic journalism “MOST”, which is engaged in anti-corruption and monitoring research in the region. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns this attack against freedom of expression and urges the Ukrainian authorities to bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November - PEC Condemns an Escalation in Killings of Journalists // Journée internationale de la fin de l'impunité pour les crimes commis contre des journalistes le 2 novembre - la PEC condamne l'escalade des meurtres de journalistes // Día Internacional para Acabar con la Impunidad por los Crímenes contra Periodistas el 2 de noviembre - PEC condena la escalada de asesinatos de periodistas

A cette occasion, la PEC et l'Organisation des journalistes de Côte d'Ivoire ont joint leurs forces pour le soutien à une Convention internationale

read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS

25.10.2018. SYRIA. Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda released, more than three years after he was abducted in Syria. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) warmly welcomes the release of Mr Yasuda (photo), abducted in June 2015, after travelling from Turkey to Syria to report on the country’s civil war. According to press reports, Yasuda was held by the al-Qaeda-linked group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which was once known as al-Nusra Front. He was released on Wednesday, October 24 and arrived back in Tokyo on Thursday. The PEC wishes him a good recovery.

16.10.2018. MALTA. On the first anniversary of the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls on the authorities of Malta and of  the European Union to ensure that all those involved in this killing face justice. An international and independent investigation is needed to shed light on the sponsors of this murder and the possibility of state complicity. All those responsible for her death must be brought to justice and convicted. Last June, the PEC awarded her family with its annual prize for the protection of journalists to honor his fight against impunity. Daphne Caruana Galizia (photo) died on 16 October 2017 when a bomb in her car was detonated as she was driving from her home in Bidnija, Malta (read on our page PEC AWARD the testimony of  Daphne's sister Corinne Vella)

12.10.2018. TURKEY/SAUDI ARABIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) considers that there is enough audio and video evidence that Jamal Khashoggi was killed on 2 October during his visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. According to this evidence, you can hear how the Saudi journalist living in the United States and working for the Washington Post was interrogated and then killed. The PEC asks for an international commission of inquiry to identify the perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring them to justice.

09.10.2018. TURKEY/SAUDI ARABIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply concerned by the possible murder of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi (photo) and urges Turkey and Saudi Arabia to support an impartial and independent investigation to shed light on his disappearance one week ago from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. If reports of the circumstances are confirmed, this is truly shocking and marks a very disturbing escalation in criminal activity targeting journalists around the world.

08.10.2018. MALTA. ONE YEAR AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF DAPHNE CARUANA GALIZIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) supports an appeal to establish a public inquiry into the murder of the journalist killed on 16 October 2017. A thorough investigation has still not taken place

Read the letter sent to the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat and signed by 25 organisations on PEC NEWS

07.10.2018. BULGARIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the brutal killing of TV journalist Viktoria Marinova in the north of Bulgaria and demands a full investigation to find the perpetrators of this crime.

Viktoria Marinova (photo, 30) is the third journalist killed in the European Union in one year after Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak.

More on our page NO IMPUNITY

27.09.2018. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the adoption of a new resolution on the safety of journalists. The resolution A/HRC/39/L7 adopted by consensus is broader and stronger than the previous ones (read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS, the text of the resolution on DOCUMENTS)

25.09.2018. UNITED NATIONS. PRESS FREEDOM & ACCESS TO INFORMATION An initiative of UN Geneva and the City of Geneva. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomed the participants to its stand and explained the goals of the association // LIBERTÉ DE LA PRESSE & ACCÈS À L'INFORMATION. Une initiative des Nations Unies à Genève et de la Ville de Genève. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) a accueilli les participants à son stand et expliqué les buts de l'association (Ricardo Espinosa, left, and Pilar Ackermann, right, members of the PEC board answered questions) (more on PEC NEWS)

18.09.2018. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 39th session - Oral Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) on item 4: the PEC is worried by the deteriorating situation of the safety of journalists in some countries since the previous session of the Human Rights Council in June
(read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

14.09.2018. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 39th session. Oral statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) on item 3: the PEC welcomes the new report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Safety of Journalists (A/HRC/39/23). The PEC agrees with the conclusions of the report that there have been notable achievements in addressing the issue of the safety of journalists. However, the report adds that despite the attention given, "attacks on journalists are increasing, raising legitimate questions about the impact of these mechanisms at all levels". The PEC believes that the international community must adopt a more robust international instrument to deal effectively with this matter. National mechanisms are not enough when circumstances do not permit a thorough enquiry and when the judiciary is not independent (read the full statement on PEC NEWS)

05.09.2018. AFGHANISTAN. TWO MORE JOURNALISTS KILLED IN AN EXPLOSION IN KABUL. 15 journalists and media workers have already been killed in Afghanistan, the most dangerous country for journalists in 2018. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is sad to learn that two journalists of Tolo News, Afghanistan’s largest private broadcaster, Samim Faramarz and cameraman Ramez Ahmadi lost their lives in an explosion in Kabul while covering an earlier bombing. Three journalists from the Khurshid TV and one journalist from 1TV were wounded in the attack.
The first explosion happened at around 6pm Kabul time, targeting a wrestling gym in Qala-e-Nazer area in Kabul’s PD6, while the second explosion was a car bombing that according to officials left at least 20 people dead and more than 70 others wounded, Tolonews said. According to the ToloNews, Farmarz had been reporting live from the scene of the first explosion - just minutes before the explosion happened. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings but sympathizers of the Islamic State (Daesh) claimed to have been behind April attack in Kabul which claimed lives of nine journalists.

03.09.2018. MYANMAR. An unjust verdict to cover up atrocities and a major step backward

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns a worrying development for press freedom in Myanmar, where Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oe (left) and Wa Lone (right) were sentenced to seven years in jail for reporting the truth on a massacre of ten Rohingyas by military. The PEC calls upon the UN Member States to react in order to obtain the quick release of the two journalists

13.08.2018. ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED IN SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is dismayed by the killing of one more journalist in Syria, Syrian cameraman and photoreporter Ahmed Azize who worked for the pro-opposition Aleppo News Network. Ahmed Azize was killed on August 10 while covering Russian airstrikes on the town of Urum al-Kubra southwest of Aleppo. Like scores of journalists before him, Ahmed Azize put his life on the line to report on events in Syria and he paid the ultimate price for his courage.

04.08.2018. COLOMBIA. El PEC condena el asesinato de dos profesionales de la prensa esta semana en Colombia en el departamento del Cauca Jairo Alberto Calderon director del portal  de noticias Contacto y Valentin Rua Tezada quien trabajaba en la radio Salvajina Estereo. El PEC manifiesta su preocupación por la agudización de ataques contra periodistas en el país que se expresa en múltiples amenazas a muerte.

02.08.2018. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of 3 Russian journalists in the Central African Republic in an ambush by an armed group on 30 July. PEC calls upon the Central African Republic authorities to carry out a thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. The three reporters working for Russian online news Investigative Control Center (TsUR) were slain on the spot near the village of Sibuti.

31.07.2018. ECUADOR: NO TO IMPUNITY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes a special Follow-up team installed in Quito by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (RFOE) for the case of the killing of journalists Javier Ortega Reyes, Paúl Rivas Bravo, and Efraín Segarra, of “El Comercio” newspaper in Quito, on the border between Ecuador and Colombia in April of this year (read more on our page NO IMPUNITY)

30.07.2018. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) regrets the death of ten more journalists in July, a total of 76 since the beginning of the year. Afghanistan (12 killed) and Mexico (10) remain the most dangerous countries (go to CASUALTIES)

Rubén Pat Caiuch (photo), director of Semanario Playa News, was shot and killed in the early morning of July 24 outside a bar in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. His death comes less than a month after the murder of  José Guadalupe Chan Dzib, also a reporter for Semanario Playa News, on June 29.

03.07.2018. PEC report. An increase of 32% in media casualties - Afghanistan, Mexico, Syria most dangerous countries for journalists in the first six months of 2018 // Hausse de 32% des victimes - l'Afghanistan, le Mexique et la Syrie pays les plus dangereux pour les journalistes pendant le premier semestre 2018 // Aumento del 32% en las bajas - Afganistán, México y Siria, los paises más peligrosos para periodistas durante la primera mitad de 2018

read the PEC press release English, French, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS

29.06.2018. USA. Annapolis journalists killed in targeted attack on Capital Gazette.
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is dismayed by the attack against the local newspaper in Maryland and strongly condemns this heinous act. Staff at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis said the attacker, armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades, shot through a glass door into the newsroom. The attack raises questions about the possible consequences of the anti-media rhetoric of political leaders in the U.S. The PEC expresses its deepest sympathies to colleagues and families of the five victims: Wendi Winters, 65, reporter, Rebecca Smith, 34, sales assistant, Robert Hiaasen, 59, editor, Gerald Fischman, 61, editorial writer,  John McNamara, 56, reporter and editor (photo: Capital Gazette reporters did not interrupted their work: they were pictured working on the next day's newspaper from the car park after the attack)

27.06.2018. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 38th session. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) alerts the Council on three particularly dramatic situations, the most serious for the safety of journalists: Afghanistan, Mexico and Yemen (photo: the new board member and PEC Representative to the United Nations Ricardo Espinosa has delivered the PEC oral intervention)

read the statement delivered by the PEC on PEC NEWS

20.06.2018. 38th session of the Human Rights Council. Side-event on Freedom of the press in Turkey - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls upon all Members of the Human Rights Council to do their utmost to reverse a worrying trend targeting opposition journalists in Turkey. All journalists must be released.

Panelists: Levent Kenez, former editor of the newspaper Meydan in Turkey, Jeremy Dear, deputy Secretary-General International Federation of Journalists, Blaise Lempen, PEC Secretary-General, moderator: Alfred de Zayas, UN expert

According to the latest figures of the Stockholm Center for Freedom, 242 journalists were jailed, 182 arrested and 60 convicted and the number of media organizations seized and shut down by the government has reached 187. The press cards of 889 journalists were cancelled, the assets of 54 were seized and 142 journalists in exile are wanted (photo from left to right: Jeremy Dear, Alfred de Zayas, Blaise Lempen and Levent Kenez)

More on PEC NEWS

19.06.2018. 38th session of the Human Rights Council - Freedom of expression online: more needs to be done. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the publication of the report of the Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of the right to freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye (photo) on public and private regulation of user-generated online content

Read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS

04.06.2018. PEC AWARD 2018 IN MEMORY OF DAPHNE CARUANA GALIZIA - Journalists killed in the European Union: no to impunity
 On October 16, 2017 the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered in Malta. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has decided to honour her memory by giving its annual Award for the Protection of Journalists to members of her family. This crime must not remain unpunished. "When a journalist is killed, everyone loses in part their right to know and to understand. That makes a crime against a journalist a crime against us all. Hostile rhetoric against critical journalists legitimises attacks and ongoing impunity makes the situation worse. The cost of attacking a journalist needs to be raised. Otherwise, the message is that crimes against journalists are worth the risk", said Corinne Vella, sister of Daphne  Caruana Galizia on behalf of the family at the press conference at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva (photo: Blaise Lempen, Corinne Vella, Luisa Ballin at the press conference at the Geneva Press Club)

Read the press release, speeches, watch the video on our special page PEC AWARD

30.05.2018. UKRAINE/RUSSIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns an unacceptable manipulation of public opinion by the Ukrainian security service. Arkady Babchenko (photo, 41), the Russian journalist who was reported to have been shot dead in Kiev, has turned up alive at a news conference in Ukraine. Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian security service, told reporters the agency had faked Babchenko’s death to catch people who were trying to kill him. Babchensko said he was told a month ago that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) was planning to kill him and he had no choice but to cooperate in the simulation of his death. The PEC regrets that Ukrainian authorities played with the truth and prematurely accused the Russian authorities of killing the journalist. Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko left Russia last year saying he was receiving death threats after articles questioning Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine and Russia’s military role in Syria.

15.05.2018. GAZA SRIP. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemned the use of gunfire by Israeli forces against journalists covering protests in the Gaza Strip. At least seven Palestinian journalists have been injured by Israeli gunfire while covering demonstrations for the  nakba, or catastrophe of displacement. Since the protests began on March 30, 2018, live rounds fired by the Israel Defense Force have hit at least 22 journalists, two of whom Yaser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein died from their injuries. Israeli authorities must investigate the shootings and take all measures to ensure that the media can safely cover protests as it is stipulated by UN Resolutions.
02.05.2018. World Press Freedom Day 2018:  Media victims have dramatically increased // Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2018: le nombre des victimes parmi les journalistes en hausse dramatique // Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa 2018:  las víctimas de los medios han aumentado drásticamente

(read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS, English, French, Spanish and Arabic)

30.04.2018. AFGHANISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is appalled by the death of nine journalists in two explosions on Monday in the Afghan capital Kabul. 
The first blast took place in the Shashdarak area of the city, where the US embassy and Afghan government buildings are located, prompting journalists to rush to the scene. The second explosion came as an attacker, disguised as a cameraman, detonated explosives at the site of the initial explosion, according to officials. French news agency Agence France Presse confirmed that its photographer Shah Marai (photo) was killed and that, along with Marai, two journalists from 1TV and one from Tolo news were among the dead. The PEC strongly condemns this heinous terrorist attack targeting journalists among the crowd three days before World Press Freedom Day. 
In a separate incident, a BBC reporter Ahmad Shah, 29, has been killed in an attack in the eastern Afghan province of Khost. It is the deadliest day in Afghanistan journalism history. The PEC send its sincere condolences to the families of all the victims (list of the dead journalists on our page Casualties)

25.04.2018. GAZA. Second journalist covering Gaza rally killed by Israeli forces. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is saddened to learn that Palestinian Ahmad Abu Hussein, 24, dies of wounds in Israel's Tel Hashomer hospital, near Tel Aviv after being shot in the abdomen during protest on April 13 near Jebaliya (Gaza strip). He is the second Palestinian journalist to have been killed by Israeli soldiers since a wave of demonstrations known as the "Great March of Return" began on March 30. According to eyewitnesses, Hussein, a photographer for the Gaza-based Voice of the People radio station, was wearing a protective vest marked "PRESS" at the time he was shot. The deaths of Ahmed Abu Hussein and Yaser Murtaja underscore the need for Israeli authorities to scrutinise its policies toward journalists covering protests and take effective action. Yaser Murtaja, a photographer with the Gaza-based Ain Media agency, was hit in the stomach despite also wearing a blue flak jacket marked with the word "PRESS" while covering a protest in Khuza'a in the south of the Gaza Strip April 6.

25.04.2018. DENMARK. Peter Madsen sentenced to life for murdering journalist Kim Wall  - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the verdict (read on our page NO IMPUNITY)

22.04.2018. NICARAGUA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the murder of journalist Angel Gahona (photo) shot dead as he broadcasts live on Facebook during anti-government protests. He was describing a damaged cash machine while videoing with his phone as a cameraman filmed behind him in the town of Bluefields on Saturday. The journalist and director of El Meridiano fell to the ground bleeding from the head, footage on Facebook Live showed. It was not clear who had fired the shot. Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa quoted another journalist as saying only police and groups fighting the protesters were armed there.

20.04.2018. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes a resolution on the protection of investigative journalists in Europe adopted by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on 19 April in Strasbourg. In the wake of the murders of investigative journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta and Jan Kuciak in Slovakia, MEPs demand better protection of journalists who are regularly subject to lawsuits intended to censor their work, a permanent financial EU scheme to support independent investigative journalism, a draft EU directive to protect whistle-blowers, the Commission to address challenges to media freedom and pluralism in the EU. MEPs urged Slovak authorities to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into the murder of Ján Kuciak and his partner. A joint investigation team co-led by Europol with full access to the case file was strongly recommended.

15.04.2018. SUSPICIOUS DEATH IN RUSSIA. A Russian journalist who recently wrote about Russian mercenaries in Syria Maxim Borodin died at a hospital on Sunday after falling from his fifth-floor balcony in Yekaterinburg on Thursday. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls for a full investigation into the circumstances of the death of Maxim Borodin (photo, 32). Officials are considering his death to be a suicide, but Borodin's editor at Novy Den, Polina Rumyantseva, said that she doesn't believe he committed suicide. Borodin helped break the story about the deaths of Russian Wagner Group mercenaries from Asbest who were killed in Syria during a fight with the US military in February. In a separate incident, Dmitry Polyanin, the editor of Oblastnaya Gazeta newspaper, was brutally beaten by at least two assailants with metal bars on 12 April near his home in Yekaterinburg. He sustained multiple injuries and has been hospitalized.

13.04.2018. ECUADOR/COLOMBIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is  shocked by the confirmation of the murder of three journalists. Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno confirms today that three press workers kidnapped along the conflictive border with Colombia were killed - hours after a Colombian TV network said it had received gruesome photos purporting to show the bodies of the three men. The three employees of El Comercio newspaper reporter Javier Ortega, photographer Paul Rivas and their driver Efrain Segarra (photo in captivity) were taken hostage three weeks ago by a holdout faction of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia while investigating a rise in drug-fueled violence along Ecuador’s northern border. The PEC condemns this appalling crime and urges the governments of Ecuador and Colombia to provide a detailed account of the circumstances surrounding it.

11.04.2018. NO TO IMPUNITY. Syrian government sued over US journalist Marie Colvin’s death in February 2012 . The lawyers say that the records provide the strongest evidence to date that Syrian forces led by President Bashar al-Assad targeted foreign journalists who were chronicling the mounting horrors in Syria, and Syrian civilians helping the reporters to gather information (read on our page NO IMPUNITY)

07.04.2018. GAZA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing of  Palestinian photojournalist Yasir Murtaja and the wounding of at least 7 more journalists in Gaza. The PEC calls for an independent investigation into the attacks. Murtaja (photo, 31), who was working for the Gaza-based news agency Ain Media, was killed on 6 April in the east of Gaza from wounds sustained by an Israeli sniper while covering the March of Return rally. He was wearing a flak jacket clearly marked with the word “PRESS” when he was shot on Friday.

29.03.2018. Haïti : un journaliste disparu depuis deux semaines. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) demande aux autorités de faire toute la lumière sur la disparition de Vladjimir Legagneur.
Cela fait deux semaines que l'on est sans nouvelles du photojournaliste haïtien. Ce dernier réalisait un reportage sur les conditions de vie à Grand-Ravine, dans un quartier sensible de Port-au-Prince, une zone devenue depuis quelques années, le théâtre d'affrontements virulents entre gangs. Mercredi 28 mars, plus de deux cents journalistes soutenus par des citoyens ont marché en silence à Port-au-Prince, la capitale d'Haïti, pour exiger la vérité sur la disparition de leur collègue. Devant la lenteur des procédures d'enquête, l'épouse de Vladjimir Legagneur (photo) a déposé une nouvelle plainte contre X pour disparition au parquet de Port-au-Prince.

26.03.2018. INDIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of three journalists in 2 days in India. Two journalists Navin Nischal, a reporter for the Hindi-language daily Dainik Bhaskar, and Vijay Singh, a colleague, were on a motorcycle when they were deliberately run down by an SUV in Bhojpur, in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar, on the evening of 25 March. Less than 24 hours after Nischal and Singh were killed, another journalist, Sandeep Sharma, was deliberately killed by a dumper truck in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. He had been investigating illegal sand mining for a national TV channel. The PEC calls on the Indian authorities to carry out a full investigation to shed light on these crimes.

20.03.2018. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 37th session - Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) (item 8): The PEC is worried about the escalation of repression against press freedom in Turkey (read the full statement on PEC NEWS)

On the same day, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Turkey had acted illegally in detaining two journalists despite the Supreme Court issuing an order for their release. Mehmet Atlan and Sahin Alpay were two of hundreds of journalists arrested on tenuous terror charges after the July 2016 failed coup attempt. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the first ECHR verdict on the situation facing journalists in Turkey and urges Ankara to reverse conviction of Turkish journalists. The ECHR noted that "there is a general problem in Turkey concerning the interpretation of anti-terrorism laws," and agreed with the plaintiffs that "dealing with matters of public interest" did not constitute incitement to violence.

14.03.2018. Human Rights Council - 37th session - Item 4 General Debate. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC). Two investigative journalists killed in the European Union in less than 5 months. The perpetrators and those who ordered the murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak must be brought to justice without delay (read the full statement on PEC NEWS)

12.03.2018. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 37th session. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) - Interactive Dialogue item 4 on Myanmar. The PEC concerned by the erosion of press freedom in Myanmar calls for the immediate release of two Reuters journalists detained since 90 days (read the full PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

09.03.2018. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 37th session. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) - General Debate item 3 - The PEC very concerned by the dramatic increase in attacks by terrorist groups targeting media installations and media workers in Afghanistan (read the full PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

26.02.2018. SLOVAKIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is appalled by the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak. 
Slovak reporter Jan Kuciak (photo, 27) and his partner have been shot to death in their home near Bratislava in an attack likely tied to his reporting. Kuciak went to the police last year after receiving threats, but the case was reportedly ignored. Kuciak has been working for Aktuality.sk (a unit of Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia) for the past three years. Kuciak’s reporting focused mainly on allegations of tax evasion and fraud involving high-ranking officials. The PEC strongly condemns the murders and urged the authorities to thoroughly investigate the case in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.  It is the third murder of a journalist in the European Union in seven months, after investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in Malta on 16 October 2017 and Swedish reporter Kim Wall killed in Denmark on 11 August 2017 - a very disturbing trend.

16.02.2018. TURKEY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of German Turkish journalist Denis Yücel after one year behind bars without charge just for doing his job. Diplomatic pressures is working, but the fight for press freedom in Turkey continues. The PEC condemns the verdicts by a Turkish court jailing  journalists Mehmet Altan (65), his brother Ahmet Altan (67) and Nazli Illicak (73) for life imprisonment after finding them guilty of “involvement in the 2016 coup attempt.” The three journalists have always denied any implication in the failed coup. Many other journalists are charged in Turkey with similar groundless charges and must be released (photo: Denis Yücel with his wife on his release from prison)

14.02.2018. TURKEY. IN PRISON FOR A YEAR. Enough is enough. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is outraged by the detention of the German-Turkish journalist Denis Yücel in a Turkish prison for 365 days after his arrest Feb. 14, 2017. The "Die Welt" correspondent was never charged. Deniz Yücel was jailed just for doing his job as a journalist. The PEC calls for his immediate release. More than 100 other journalists are arbitrarily detained in Turkey. All European countries must act to #Freedeniz

09.02.2018. MALDIVES. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the threats that forced Rajje TV to stop broadcasting for safety reasons. A privately owned television station in the Maldives Rajje TV (opposition), said Friday in a statement that it stopped broadcasting because the country's environment does not allow journalists to report freely and independently. It said a mob had gathered at the station and called for it to be burned down, and government lawmakers had asked the broadcasting regulator to close it. It said the regulator, the Maldives Broadcasting Commission, has been taken over by the military, and police have withdrawn security for the television station despite the threats. "Given the present circumstances, especially with the curtailing of the right to free media, we have no choice but to suspend our regular services to ensure the safety and security of our station and our staff," the station said. Rajje TV was burned down ahead of the 2013 presidential election. No one has been convicted in the case. The PEC calls on Maldivian authorities to stop threatening news outlets and allow them to operate freely.

06.02.2018. MEXICO. El PEC demanda una acción inmediata por parte del Estado mexicano que permita determinar el paradero del periodista Agustin Silva Vazquez, desaparecido el 21 de enero en Matías Romero, Oaxaca. Agustín, de 22 años, colabora con los periódicos “El Sol del Istmo” y “El Sur”. Urge que las autoridades estatales y federales correspondientes realicen una investigación eficaz que tome en cuenta la labor periodística del Señor Silva. De acuerdo con la ONU, pocos días antes de su desaparición, Silva había hecho caso omiso a las presiones del representante de tres detenidos presuntamente vinculados con el crimen organizado, para que modificara una noticia.

01.02.2018. MYANMAR. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is dismayed and outraged by the decision of a Myanmar court to refuse to free two Reuters journalists. The PEC joins an international campaign to protest the court's refusal to grant bail to Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo (photo) who have been arrested on 12 December. They were charged on 10 January with violating the Official Secrets Act, under which they are facing a possible 14-year jail sentence. Their only crime was to take an interest in the atrocities by Myanmar’s security forces against the country’s Rohingya minority, which resulted in an exodus of around 700,000 refugees. Aung San Suu Kyi’s government must immediately end this travesty of justice used to intimidate their media colleagues.

26.01.2018. Good news and bad news for the protection of journalists. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) congratulates Dunja Mijatovic for her election as Commissioner for Human Rights at Council of Europe, but the PEC is greatly saddened by the sudden loss of a great woman Ileana Alamilla, executive director of the Centre for Informative Reports on Guatemala. Both received in Geneva the PEC annual award for the protection of journalists.

Dunja Mijatovic (photo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) was elected as the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights by the Organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) at its plenary session in Strasbourg. An expert on media law and media regulation she served as the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media from 2010 to 2016. She received the PEC award in Geneva in June 2015 to thank her for her very good work especially in protecting journalists in Ukraine. Mijatovic will take office on 1 April for six years. "We are sure that she will be an effective defender of human rights throughout Europe, "said the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen.

Ileana Alamilla died at the age of 68 on 17 January. Alamilla was executive director of the Centre for Informative Reports on Guatemala (Centro de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala, Cerigua) from 1983 until her death. Ileana Alamilla received the PEC award in June 2013. She was a staunch fighter and defender of free expression and the rights of journalists in Guatemala and throughout the continent. Alamilla was sworn in as president of the Guatemalan Journalists' Association (Asociación de Periodistas de Guatemala, APG) on 15 January, two days before her sudden death. On that occasion, she said: “Since 2000, 38 journalists have lost their lives in violent circumstances. Media outlets and journalists continue to suffer attacks, intimidation and harassment in a number of different ways.” The PEC salutes the memory of a tireless defender of the protection of journalists.

23.01.2018. TURKEY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly protests against the shutdown of ON4 and KANAL12 Television stations by Turkish government without any clear legal justifications. The forcible closure of ON4 TV and KANAL12 stations bring the total number of 151 media outlets ordered to close. More than 367 journalists and media worker are subsequently dismissed from their posts for exercising their freedom of expression rights. The channels were shut down under the new government decrees 682, 683, 684 and 685 that have been issued following the post-coup state of emergency. The PEC calls on all concerned governments and organizations to ask the Turkish authorities to put an end to the forcible closure of the two TV stations.

19.01.2018. BRAZIL. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of two journalists in two days in Brazil and calls for a thorough investigation. Ueliton Bayer Brizon was shot dead on January 16. He was the owner of newspaper Jornal de Rondonia, in the State of Rondonia. Radio journalist Jefferson Pureza Lopes (photo) was shot three times in the head inside his house in Edealina, in the State of Goias. The journalist had been receiving threats for his work for at least two years after denouncing alleged irregularities in the public administration and criticizing municipal and regional authorities.

15.01.2018. MEXICO. Second journalist killed this year in Mexico. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is dismayed by the murder of one more journalist in Mexico: Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez (photo) was stabbed to death in Nuevo Laredo, a border town in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, on 13 January. Very critical to the local authorities, he was a reporter for the Noreste Digital and Horizonte de Matamoros news websites. PEC is alarmed to see that 2018 is beginning as badly as 2017 in Mexico, the deadliest country for journalists last year. PEC fears a growing political violence ahead of Mexico’s presidential elections in July. These crimes must not go unpunished.

08.01.2018. FIRST JOURNALIST KILLED IN 2018, A MEXICAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of José Gerardo Martínez (photo, 35), a journalist from El Universal, killed on 5 January during an assault in the Coyoacán Delegation of Mexico City.  El Universal where he worked as an editor specifically stated in their reporting that they did not think he was targeted because of his journalism work. PEC calls for an independent investigation. Mexico was in 2017 the most dangerous place for journalists, according to the PEC annual report.

05.01.2018. UPDATE PEC ANNUAL REPORT. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) regrets the death of two more journalists at the end of 2017, one in Afghanistan, one in Syria since the publication of its annual report on 18 December. The final number for 2017 is 99 journalists killed in 28 countries, a significant decrease of 22% compared to 2016.  The most dangerous countries in 2017 were Mexico (14 killed), Iraq (9), Afghanistan (9), then India (7), Pakistan(7) and Syria (7). Still a lot to do (for more see our page CASUALTIES)

28.12.2017. AFGHANISTAN. One of the deadliest years on record in the country. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) in Geneva strongly condemns the suicide bombing in Kabul that killed at least 41 people, among them one journalist, and injured 84 people, among them 10 journalists. The attack occurred during a morning panel discussion with journalists on the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion at the Tebyan Social and Cultural Centre and it also hits the Afghan Voice News Agency (AVA) which has an office on the floor above. Sayed Mehdi Hosaini a journalist from Jomhor News agency was killed in the attack, and 10 other journalists; 9 from Afghan Voice News Agency and one from Shamshad TV were wounded, according to the Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC). The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The PEC calls on the Afghan government to strengthen its efforts to secure media organization and media workers' safety. This is the third deadly attack on media organizations in Afghanistan in 2017. On November 7, IS gunmen attack on Shamshad TV station in Kabul, killed two people including an employee of the TV station and injured 24 others including four firefighters. On May 17, six people including four employee of the RTA state broadcaster were killed in IS raid on the Station in Jalalabad.

26.12.2017. AFGHANISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns an arson attack on the private Radio Sarhad in province of Ghor on Sunday and calls on the Afghan government to identify and prosecute the perpetrators. According to the Afghanistan Journalists Center(AFJC), an eyewitness said he saw flames on the roof of the radio station before a blast occurred and a motorcyclist fled the area. All devices and equipment, including the broadcast building, were torched and destroyed. The Afghanistan Journalists Center executive director Ahmad Quraishi condemned the attack and expressed sorrow at the incident. "The attack on Radio Sarhad effectively hinders an entire community in a remote province from exercising its right to be informed” said Mr. Quraishi. Sarhad Radio station was established in 2014 in Ferozkouh, the provincial capital of Ghor province, and became popular across the province in a short time.

18.12.2017. PEC annual report : 97 media workers killed in 2017 a reduction of 24 percent // Rapport annuel de la PEC: 97 travailleurs des media tués en 2017, en baisse de 24% // Informe anual de la PEC: 97 trabajadores de los medios han muerto en 2017, una baja del 24%

Read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS  (English, French, Spanish and Arabic)

For the first time since 2008 the PEC has registered less than 100 fatalities among media workers worldwide (until December 15th). Since the beginning of 2017 97 journalists were killed in 28 countries, a reduction of 24 percent in media casualties, said Monday the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) in its annual report.

Over the last five years, Syria was the most dangerous country for media workers with 69 killed. Iraq follows with 61 journalists killed, then Mexico (49), Pakistan (45), Afghanistan (33), India (31), Philippines (31), Somalia (27), Brazil (24) and Yemen (22). In ten years, from 2008 to 2017, a total of 1197 media workers were killed, an average of 119 annually and 2.3 per week.   

PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen stressed that the 24% reduction in fatalities in 2017 is encouraging. It is due to the important mobilization of the international community. However, more female journalists were killed this year. The number of women journalists killed has risen sharply: from 5 in 2016 to 16 in 2017, probably because more women are working in dangerous situations.

12.12.2017. PALESTINE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the deliberate targeting of journalists by the Israeli Occupation forces during this past week in order to prevent them from filming scenes of repression against protesters. According to various sources, more than 16 journalists were injured during the coverage of the rallies, including by rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. In addition, the occupation forces prevented many journalists from doing their work and confiscated press equipment. The PEC calls on Israel to cease its deliberate violations against journalists who carry out their professional work.

06.12.2017. MALTA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the charges against three suspects in the killing of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia (read on our page NO IMPUNITY)

05.12.2017. YEMEN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the hostage-taking of around 40 journalists and media workers of the TV channel Yemen Today. The staff is being held inside the Television building in the capital Sana'a, following the Houthis militias’ raid on the station of 3 December. During the attack, at least three building guards were killed or injured, according to the sources. The rebels seized the TV channel after the broadcast of former Yemeni President Saleh last Saturday, in which he called on his followers to revolt against the Houthis. Saleh was killed on Monday by Houthi militias while trying to escape the capital Sana’a. The PEC calls on the Houthis to release all journalists being held at the Yemen Today TV.

14.12.2017. The PEC is relieved by the reported release of the 41 journalists and employees of the Al Yemen Al Youm TV channel who had been held by Houthi rebels in Sanaa since 2 December. The PEC continues to be concerned by the pressure to which all journalists in Yemen are subjected.

21.11.2017. MORE INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes a new UN resolution on journalists’ safety and the issue of impunity, the seventh since 2012. The resolution on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity A/C.3/72/L35/Rev 1 was adopted without a vote on 20 November by the General Assembly’s Third Committee. The resolution’s central focus is on the “specific risks faced by women journalists in the exercise of their work,” including in the online sphere. The PEC calls on all Member States to swiftly implement the principles adopted. The PEC also welcomes the recent decision to “mobilize a network of focal points throughout the United Nations system to propose specific steps to intensify efforts to enhance the safety of journalists and media workers”. The mobilization of this network of focal points was announced by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on 2 November (read the text of the UN Resolution on our page DOCUMENTS)

19.11.2017. NEW SUPPORTS FOR A BINDING CONVENTION. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) congratulates the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) for supporting a new United Nations Convention aimed at giving greater protection for journalists. Journalists union leaders representing 600,000 media workers across the world endorsed the IFJ's call for a new binding international instrument on the safety of journalists at a meeting in Tunisia. The ground-breaking convention would for the first time establish binding standards creating safeguards specifically for journalists and media workers, stressed the IFJ. The PEC welcomes this step forward from the largest organization of journalists in the world. The PEC supported the idea of a binding convention on the journalists' safety since its creation in 2004. The PEC calls all stakeholders to support the IFJ's proposed Initiates file downloadInternational Convention on the Safety and Independence of Journalists and Other Media Professionals. The PEC particularly endorsed the idea of establishing a Committee on the Safety of Journalists.
07.11.2017. AFGHANISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the gunmen attack on a TV station in Kabul. The PEC calls on the Afghan government to strengthen its efforts to secure media workers' safety and to put in place all possible means to protect freedom of the press.
Shamshad TV station came under attack after a suicide attacker detonated explosives at the gate of the network’s compound – which opened the way for other gunmen to enter the facility where at least 200 employees were working. The Islamic State (ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack which lasted about three hours before Afghan Special Forces freed staff trapped inside the building. Interior ministry said two security guards had been killed and 24 people wounded.
Shamshad TV is Afghanistan’s major Pashto-language station. This attack highlights the risks facing journalists, who are increasingly targets in the war-torn country. This is the second deadly attack on media organizations in Afghanistan in 2017. On May 17, six people including four employees of the RTA state broadcaster were killed in an ISIS raid in Jalalabad.
(Photo: a screen grab of Parwiz Sapy, a Shamshad TV news anchor who was wounded by shattered glass in the attack. Shamshad TV stopped broadcasting during the attack but resumed a few hours later)

31.10.2017. International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November - PEC says a binding international convention more needed than ever after the brutal murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia // Journée internationale de la fin de l'impunité pour les crimes commis contre des journalistes le 2 novembre - la PEC affirme qu'une convention internationale contraignante est plus nécessaire que jamais après l'assassinat brutal de la journaliste maltaise Daphne Caruana Galizia // Día Internacional para Acabar con la Impunidad por los Crímenes contra Periodistas el 2 de noviembre – La PEC dice que una convención internacional vinculante es más necesaria que nunca después del brutal asesinato de la periodista maltesa Daphne Caruana Galizia  (read the PEC press release English, French, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS)
(see also our special page NO IMPUNITY)

17.10.2017. MALTA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the brutal murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia (53), killed by a bomb planted in her car. She was known for her investigative journalism and her blog Running Commentary, which was one of the most widely read websites in Malta. She revealed several corruption scandals involving Maltese politicians.
 The PEC is outraged by Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder and offers its heartfelt condolences to her family and colleagues. The PEC calls for a full and independent investigation into her death. There must be no impunity for this heinous crime and those responsible must be prosecuted. Daphne Caruana Galizia is the 13th female journalist killed this year. The PEC will follow the developments of the investigation.
13.10.2017. SYRIA. A woman reporter for ANHA killed. Rojava based Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reporter Dilîşan Îbiş (photo) has been killed and two other reporters got wounded as result of the ISIS attack that targeted civilians near Deir ez-Zor Thursday evening. Hawker Faisal died from his injuries at the hospital in Qamishli one day after. ANHA reporter Dilîşan Îbiş is the 12th woman journalist killed since January. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) offered its condolences to the families of Dilîşan Îbiş and Hawker Faisal.

11.10.2017. COLOMBIA. ONE MORE WOMAN JOURNALIST KILLED. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of Efigenia Vásquez Astudillo (31, photo), a reporter with community radio Renacer Kokonuko. The young presenter is the 11th woman journalist killed this year. PEC calls on the authorities to identify those responsible for fatally shooting the reporter as she covered a riot police operation against indigenous protesters in southwestern Colombia on 8 October. PEC is also worried by a separate incident on 8 October, when police fired rubber bullets and teargas at an international delegation of UN and OAS representatives, members of human rights NGOs, politicians and journalists in a rural area of Tumaco, in the neighbouring department of Nariño. The delegation had gone there to investigate the deaths of six farm workers in clashes with police on 5 October.

11.10.2017. COLOMBIA. UNA MUJER PERIODISTA MAS MUERTA. La Campana Emblema de Prensa (PEC, por sus siglas en inglés) condena el asesinato de Efigenia Vásquez Astudillo (31, foto), periodista de la radio comunitaria Renacer Kokonuko. La joven presentadora es la undécima periodista asesinada este año. La PEC pide a las autoridades locales y nacionales que identifiquen a los responsables del asesinato fatal de la periodista ocurrido mientras cubría una operación de la policía antidisturbios contra manifestantes indígenas en el suroeste de Colombia, el pasado 8 de octubre. La PEC también está preocupada por un incidente diferente, que también tuvo lugar el 8 de octubre, cuando la policía disparó balas de goma y gas lacrimógeno a una delegación internacional de representantes de la ONU y la OEA, miembros de ONGs de derechos humanos, políticos y periodistas en una zona rural de Tumaco, en Nariño. La delegación había ido a investigar la muerte de seis trabajadores agrícolas en enfrentamientos con la policía el pasado 5 de octubre.

09.10.2017. VENEZUELA. La Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC, por sus siglas en inglés) se muestra satisfecha por la liberación, este lunes por la mañana, de tres periodistas detenidos el sábado pasado en Venezuela. Se trata de Filippo Rossi (27), un periodista suizo independiente de Lugano y quien trabaja para el diario milanés, Il Giornale. El segundo liberado es el italiano, Roberto Di Matteo, quien también trabaja para el mismo diario. Y el último profesional que recobró su libertad es Jesús Medina, colaborador del sitio web DolarToday, opuesto al gobierno. Según el Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Prensa (SNTP), los tres periodistas fueron acusados de poseer dispositivos de registro electrónicos no autorizados durante una investigación efectuada en la penitenciaría de Tocorón, en el estado de Aragua. Esta prisión está ubicada a unos cien kilómetros al suroeste de la capital, Caracas.
Los tres periodistas fueron arrestados por la Guardia Nacional Venezolana. Una foto que los mostraba desde atrás, aparentemente esposados y vigilados por dos soldados, fue transmitida por el SNTP y su caso fue conocido mundialmente. Representantes sindicales y abogados pudieron reunirse con los detenidos antes de que fueran liberados.

08.10.2017. VENEZUELA. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) demande la libération rapide de trois journalistes arrêtés vendredi au Venezuela. Filippo Rossi (27 ans) est un journaliste suisse indépendant de Lugano et travaille pour le quotidien milanais Il Giornale. L'Italien Roberto Di Matteo travaille aussi pour Il Giornale. Jesus Medina collabore au site DolarToday, opposé au gouvernement. Selon le Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Prensa (Sntp), les trois journalistes sont accusés d'avoir en leur possession des appareils d'enregistrement non autorisés lors d'une enquête dans le pénitencier de Tocorón dans l'Etat d'Aragua. Cette prison est située à une centaine de kilomètres au sud-ouest de la capitale, Caracas. Les trois journalistes ont été arrêtés par la Garde nationale vénézuélienne. Une photo les montrant de dos, apparemment menottés et encadrés par deux militaires, a été diffusée par le Sntp. Des représentants du syndicat ainsi que des avocats ont pu rencontrer les détenus.
09.10.2017. La PEC se félicite de la libération des trois journalistes après trois jours de détention injustifiée

06.10.2017. MEXICO. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemned new murder of a journalist in Mexico. The body of Edgar Esqueda (photo) was found Friday morning near the airport in the industrial city of San Luis Potosí, some 350 kilometres north of Mexico City, according to local media. Esqueda covered police and crime for the digital outlets Vox Populi SLP and Metrópoli SLP. Vox Populi SLP reported on its Facebook page that Esqueda’s hands had been bound and his body showed signs of torture. News outlets in the state reported that the photojournalist had reported the threats to the authorities. The name of Edgar Esqueda is added to a list of at least 9 journalists killed in 2017 in Mexico: Cándido Ríos, Cecilio Pineda, Ricardo Monlui, Miroslava Breach, Maximino Rodríguez, Filiberto Álvarez, Javier Valdez, Jonathan Rodríguez y Salvador Adame.

25.09.2017. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 36th session. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), item 8: It is essential that women's voices are heard through the media - PEC welcomes the report of the Secretary-General on the safety of women journalists and pays a special tribute to ten female journalists murdered this year (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

22.09.2017. SYRIA/TURKEY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the brutal murder of two Syrian journalists in Istanbul. The journalist, writer, activist and former member of the Syrian National Council, Orouba Barakat (60) and her daughter Hala Barakat (photos, 22) were murdered by unknown assailants in their house in Kadıköy neighbourhood in Istanbul, Thursday 21 September. Sister claims they were assassinated by the Syrian regime, according to Rami Jarrah, prominent Syrian activist. Hala worked as a journalist in the Dubai-based Syrian Orient News channel. The PEC calls on the Turkish authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice.

20.09.2017. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 36th session. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC): One-third less journalists killed until 15 September, but these figures still too high, impunity a major problem - PEC concerned by the situation in Syria, Yemen, Mexico, India and Turkey (read the full PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

15.09.2017. TURQUIE. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) se félicite de la libération du journaliste français Loup Bureau après une détention complètement injustifiée de plus de 50 jours. Il faut continuer à se mobiliser pour obtenir la libération de près de 150 autres journalistes arbitrairement détenus en Turquie.

07.09.2017. INDIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is shocked by the murder of courageous journalist Guari Lankesh in Bangaluru (Bangalore). The PEC condemns the killing, demands an immediate and thorough investigation into Lankesh’s murder and calls for the arrest of those responsible.
Lankesh (photo, 55), a respected veteran journalist and outspoken critic of Hindu nationalists, was shot dead outside her home in Rajarajeshwarinagar in northern Bengaluru, Karnataka, as she returned from work and as she entered through the gate of her home. Lankesh died at the scene after receiving gunshots to the head and chest. Lankesh edited and published a Kannada-language weekly newspaper Gauri Lankesh Patrike and wrote in the English media.

There have been protests against the killing of Gauri Lankesh across India. Indian reporters are being increasingly targeted by radical Hindu nationalists, activists say. Karnataka state's Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was one of the first to respond to her death, calling it an "assassination on democracy".

Ms Lankesh was convicted of defamation last year for a report she published on local BJP leaders. She was sentenced to six months in jail and was out on bail and appealing the conviction at the time of her death.

27.08.2017. SOUTH SUDAN. American journalist Christopher Allen killed in South Sudan fighting. Amid conflicting accounts, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing and calls for an independent investigation. The PEC also calls on the armed groups in South Sudan to fulfil their obligations under international law and to ensure that no more journalists are killed whilst reporting in the country.
Christopher Allen (photo, 26), a US freelance reporter and photographer who had written for various outlets, was embedded with rebel forces when fighting broke out. He was killed in a firefight between government forces and rebels near the Ugandan border.  The warring sides have given conflicting accounts of his death and whether he was wearing a press vest when he died.

17.08.2017. SYRIA. American journalist Austin Tice (photo), missing in Syria since August 2012, must not be forgotten. Tice’s family believes that, despite the fact no one has claimed to be holding him and no ransom demand has been made, Tice is alive. But where? Indications are he’s being held by a branch of the Syrian government, which has denied any involvement. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) urges all parties to do their utmost to bring him safely home. #FreeAustinTice

14.08.2017. TURQUIE. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) dénonce une nouvelle détention parmi les journalistes étrangers. La PEC s'associe aux appels pour la libération immédiate du journaliste français Loup Bureau (photo, 27 ans), arrêté par les autorités militaires turques, le 26 juillet, dans la région de Silopi, en province de Sirnak, frontalière de l’Irak et de la Syrie, où il est, depuis lors, incarcéré. L’accusation dont il fait l’objet, "participation à un groupe terroriste" pour avoir réalisé un reportage diffusé par TV5 Monde, dans le Kurdistan syrien, sur une unité de protection du peuple kurde (YPG) combattant contre Daesh, est totalement infondée et injustifiée. Les journalistes étrangers ne sont pas épargnés par la chasse aux médias dans le pays. En mai, le journaliste français Mathias Depardon avait été détenu dans un centre de rétention à Gaziantep avant d’être expulsé vers la France un mois plus tard. Deniz Yücel, le correspondant en Turquie du quotidien allemand Die Welt est derrière les barreaux depuis février.

PEC also condemned a new wawe of arrests among turkish journalists in Turkey, under a combined warrant issued on 3 August for 35 journalists and media workers suspected of installing the encrypted messaging app ByLock on their smartphones. The authorities are now treating installation of this app as proof of membership of the movement led by the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, which is accused of masterminding the July 2016 coup attempt.

12.08.2017. DENMARK. PEC very concerned by the disappearance of a young journalist. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is sad to learn that the Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall (photo, 30) has disappeared in Denmark after embarking on a home-made submarine. She has worked for the New York Times, the Guardian and Libération. To do a story about Danish inventor Peter Madsen, she set off with him in the Nautilus, on the evening of 10 August and never came back. Madsen was rescued when the Nautilus sank the next day but there was no sign of Wall. After failing to account satisfactorily for her disappearance, he was arrested on a manslaughter charge on 12 August.

08.08.2017. PHILIPPINES. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the murder of three journalists in one week in the Philippines (see on CASUALTIES)

30.07.2017. TURKEY. A Turkish court ordered the release of seven suspects in the trial of 17 journalists and executives from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet on Friday 28 July. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the decision and calls on the Turkish authorities to release all other journalists currently imprisoned. The next hearing is listed for 11 September.  The trial, which began on Monday 24 July, involved 17 Cumhuriyet journalists and executives wrongfully accused of secretly supporting the PKK – a militant Kurdish organisation and FETO, the group allegedly responsible for last year’s failed coup. The PEC condemned a politically motivated effort to criminalize journalism. The 7 released journalists and executives are Musa Kart, Bülent Utku, Turan Günay, Önder Çelik, Kemal Güngör, Hakan Karasinir and Güray Öz. Following Friday’s decision, journalists Kadri Gürsel, Ahmet Şık, Akin Atalay, Murat Sabuncu and teacher Ahmet Kemal Aydogdu will remain in prison.  Arrest warrants for Can Dündar and Ilhan Tanir remained in place.

15.07.2017. Giles Trendle, Aljazeera English Managing Director, gave a press conference at the Geneva Press Club on July 13. He answered the questions of the Vice-President of the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) Luisa Ballin: “We will not be silent, censored or intimidated”

“Despite the demand to shut down Al Jazeera, all our journalists carried on doing their job. We have stood firm on the quality of our journalism. Demands were made to shut down Aljazeera so let’s make a demand ourselves: on behalf of all journalists we demand that journalists be allowed to do their job without threat or intimidation”, said Giles Trendle (photo), Aljazeera English Managing Director & Director of Programmes (Read the full  PEC interview on PEC NEWS)

13.07.2017. PEC report - Mexico, Afghanistan and Iraq most dangerous countries for journalists in the first six months of 2017 - according to the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), 50 journalists were killed in 18 countries from January to the end of June 2017 // Rapport PEC - Le Mexique, l'Afghanistan et l'Irak pays les plus dangereux pour les journalistes pendant le premier semestre 2017 - selon la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC), 50 journalistes ont été tués dans 18 pays, en six mois, de janvier à la fin juin de cette année // PEC informe - México, Afganistán e Irak son los países más peligrosos para los periodistas en los primeros seis meses de 2017 - Según la Press Emblem Campaign (Campana Emblema de Prensa, PEC por sus siglas en ingles), 50 periodistas fueron asesinados en 18 países desde enero hasta finales de junio de 2017 (read the PEC report on PEC NEWS, English, French, Spanish and Arabic)

10.07.2017. Que faire face à l’impunité des auteurs de crimes contre les journalistes ? Le Palais des Nations à Genève a accueilli le 29 juin (photo UNESCO: Frank La Rue, Maria Ressa and Alice Bah Kuhnke) une consultation organisée par l’UNESCO et le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme (HCDH) sur le renforcement de la mise en œuvre du Plan d’Action des Nations Unies sur la sécurité des journalistes et la question de l’impunité. Entretiens réalisés par la PEC avec Michel Forst, Rapporteur Spécial sur la situation des défenseurs des droits de l’homme de l’ONU, et Agnès Callamard, Rapporteur Spécial de l’ONU sur les exécutions extrajudiciaires sommaires et arbitraires (lire les interviews exclusives de Luisa Ballin sur notre page PEC NEWS)

02.07.2017. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is very concerned by the attacks of the President of the United States Donald Trump against US media company CNN, following a video the President published on Twitter. The video originally shot in 2007 shows President Trump beating up a person with the CNN logo on his face. The PEC agrees with CNN which in a statement called it a "sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters". The PEC warns that this inappropriate and detremental behaviour can be a dangerous precedent used against press freedom by other leaders around the world.

25.06.2017. DON'T MISS UNESCO MEETING IN GENEVA 29 JUNE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) attends the Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Strengthening the Implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. The consultation brings together key stakeholders to take stock of developments in the area of safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, within the context of the first five years of implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. For more information on the Multi-Stakeholder Consultation, please find here the concept note. You will find also here:

  • The draft report that details the key achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from the implementation to date of the UN Plan.
  • The list of draft recommendations, which has been drafted in the light of the submissions received from stakeholders within the framework of a global consultation. This document constitutes the primary object of discussion at the Multi-Stakeholder Consultation the 29 June 2017.

24.06.2017. IRAQ. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Swiss reporter Véronique Robert, who died on 24 June in France after being injured by an explosive device in Mosul (Iraq). Veteran journalist, Véronique Robert (photo) was assigned to Iraq for the France 2 TV channel’s programme “Envoyé Spécial”. She was transferred to a hospital near the French capital after being seriously wounded on 19 June. Two of her colleagues, Stephan Villeneuve and Bakhtyar Haddad, lost their lives during the same attack.

23.06.2017. SOLIDARITY WITH AL JAZEERA. Press freedom and journalists must not be used as a bargaining chip. Saudi Arabia led coalition today sent an unacceptable ultimatum to Qatar with 13 demands to be met within the next 10 days in order to end Qatar crisis, including the closure of Al Jazeera and other news outlets funded by Qatar. Among the Opens external link in new windowdemands, the coalition is asking Qatar to shut down Al-Jazeera and its affiliate stations, as well as the news outlets funded directly and indirectly by this country. In late May, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates moved to block the websites of Al Jazeera and other Qatari media outlets. On June 7, Jordan closed Al Jazeera’s Amman bureau and stripped it of its operating license. Saudi Arabia followed suit the next day, closing Al Jazeera’s Riyadh bureau, according to reports.

22.06.2017. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins a coalition of freedom of expression and journalists’ organisations urging all 57 OSCE participating States to urgently appoint a new Representative on Freedom of the Media. The former mandate holder, Dunja Mijatović, left Office on 10 March 2017. She has done remarkable work documenting the violations in the whole region and she intervened successfully several times. Dunja was awarded by the PEC Prize in Geneva in June 2015 (photo). There has been no announcement of her successor. Continued failure to appoint a successor will weaken protections for freedom of the media across the OSCE region, at a time when media organisations are under critical attack. Here is the Opens external link in new windowletter to the members of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), calling for the appointment of a new Representative on Freedom of the Media without delay, to ensure the Office’s achievements over the last two decades are not lost.

20.06.2017. IRAK. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) exprime ses condoléances aux familles du journaliste français Stéphan Villeneuve (photo) et du journaliste kurde irakien Bakhtiyar Haddad, tués par l’explosion d’une mine lundi à Mossoul. Trois journalistes français Stéphan Villeneuve, Véronique Robert et Samuel Forey, accompagnés par le journaliste kurde irakien Bakhtiyar Haddad, couvraient la bataille de Mossoul dans le nord de l’Irak, dans le cadre d’un reportage pour le magazine « Envoyé spécial » sur France 2. Alors qu’il suivait l’avancée des forces spéciales irakiennes dans leur bataille contre le groupe État islamique (EI), le groupe de journalistes a été touché par l’explosion d’une mine. Villeneuve était un journaliste très expérimenté qui avait couvert plusieurs conflits. Véronique Robert, qui accompagnait Stephan Villeneuve, a été hospitalisée dans état critique. L’Irak est l’un des pays les plus dangereux pour les journalistes. Seize journalistes y ont perdu la vie en 2016 et maintenant cinq depuis début 2017. La PEC a averti plusieurs fois des dangers élevés pour les journalistes dans la bataille de Mossoul.

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses its condolences to the families of  French journalist Stephan Villeneuve (photo) and Iraqi Kurdish journalist Bakhtiar Haddad killed by an explosive device while they were covering Iraqi operations in the Ras Al-Jadah district of Mosul, in northern Iraq, on Monday. Villeneuve was a very experienced reporter who had covered wars all over the world. Véronique Robert, another French reporter was badly injured by the same explosion. She, Villeneuve and Haddad were all on assignment in Mosul for the France 2 TV channel’s programme Envoyé Spécial. They were accompanying Iraqi army forces in areas held by Islamic State in the old town. Iraq is one of the world's deadliest countries for journalists. Sixteen journalists were killed last year in Iraq and now five since the beginning of this year. PEC warned of the high risks for journalists in the battle of Mosul several times.

15.06.2017. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 35th session. General Debate item 4. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign: the PEC is particularly concerned about a further deterioration of the journalists' safety in Mexico and Afghanistan (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

14.06.2017. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 35th session - interactive dialogue with the Commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign: there will be no peace if the main perpetrators remain in power. All responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity must be prosecuted, as it was the case after the war in the former Yugoslavia (read the full statement delivered by the PEC on PEC NEWS)

13.06.2017. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 35th session. PEC statement on the report of Special Rapporteur David Kaye: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is very concerned by a worrying trend: threats to digital expression and Internet freedom are more pronounced than ever (read the statement delivered by the PEC on PEC NEWS)

09.06.2017. TURQUIE. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) se félicite de la libération du photographe français Mathias Depardon (photo) détenu en Turquie pendant un mois.
Photographe indépendant collaborant notamment au Monde et au Wall Street Journal, Mathias Depardon a été arrêté le 8 mai alors qu'il réalisait un reportage pour le magazine National Geographic sur le déplacement d'un tombeau médieval menacé d'inondation à Hasankyef, dans la province de Batman, au sud-est du pays. Il était soupçonné de «propagande terroriste» pour des photos de militantes du Parti des travailleurs du Kurdistan (PKK) publiées dans des médias français et sur les réseaux sociaux. Par deux fois, le président farnçais Emmanuel Macron a discuté de sa situation avec le président turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan. La mobilisation, notamment grâce aux efforts de RSF, a payé. "C'est un bon signe, mais 165 autres journalistes sont détenus en Turquie. Il faut continuer à se mobiliser", a affirmé à Genève le secrétaire général de la PEC Blaise Lempen. La PEC avait consacré son prix annuel à la liberté de la presse en Turquie le 1er juin et avait demandé à cette occasion la libération, entre autres journalistes emprisonnés, de Mathias Depardon. "Je pense que l’idée était d’envoyer un message assez fort auprès des journalistes étrangers et turcs qui ont pour but de faire des sujets dans le sud-est de la Turquie", a estimé le journaliste après son expulsion de Turquie et son retour en France. Les régions kurdes du sud-est, ainsi que les abords de la frontière avec la Syrie, sont des zones où les journalistes ne sont pas bienvenus.

01.06.2017. The PEC Award 2017 goes to the Platform for Independent Journalism in Turkey - The PEC Award 2017 is dedicated to the situation of freedom of expression in Turkey. The PEC Award committee for the protection of journalists handed the award on Thursday in Geneva to Hasan Cemal (photo), founding President of the Platform for Independent Journalism in Turkey P24. The PEC Award committee has selected Turkey because of the deterioration of press freedom and risks faced by journalists in recent months in this country. The PEC wants to express its solidarity with the journalists arbitrarily detained and to support the brave fight of many others for freedom of expression (read the PEC press release, speeches at the award ceremony on our special page PEC AWARD)

"I have been a journalist for nearly 50 years and of course I have many memories. But the one thing I cannot remember is a period in which Turkey was more repressive and more intolerant of dissent then the one we are living through today", stressed Hasan Cemal receiving the PEC Award (photo with Blaise Lempen and Luisa Ballin at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva).
"Turkish journalists are being punished for telling the truth, for saying things those in power do not want to hear. In fact there are 169 Turkish journalists behind bars making Turkey the world's most vicious prosecutor of journalists", he added.

29.05.2017. INVITATION TO A PRESS CONFERENCE, GENEVA PRESS CLUB, Thursday 1 June 2017, 3pm. Turkey a new dictatorship ? with Hasan Cemal, founding President of the Platform for an Independent Journalism in Turkey and Blaise Lempen, PEC Secretary-General. Turkey evolves toward a dictatorship of one man. Near 165 journalists are in jail et 200 media were closed. Journalist engaged, founding president of the Platform for Independent Journalism ( www.platform24.org), Hasan Cemal is in Geneva to receive the annual Prize awarded by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC). He will testify to the situation in Turkey after the referendum // INVITATION A UNE CONFERENCE DE PRESSE, Club suisse de la presse, jeudi 1er juin 2017, 15h00. La Turquie une nouvelle dictature ? avec Hasan Cemal président de la Plateforme pour un Journalisme Indépendant en Turquie et Blaise Lempen, secrétaire général de la PEC. La Turquie évolue vers la dictature d'un seul homme. Quelque 165 journalistes sont en prison et 200 médias ont été fermés. Journaliste engagé, président de la Plateforme pour un journalisme indépendant ( www.platform24.org), Hasan Cemal est à Genève pour recevoir le prix annuel décerné par la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC). Il témoignera de la situation en Turquie après le référendum.

19.05.2017. MEXICO. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes President Enrique Peña Nieto’s pledge to reinforce protection for journalists and expects it will be followed up by action. After the sixth murder of a journalist (Javier Valdez Cardenas on May 15) since the start of the year Peña Nieto announced a series of concrete measures to provide journalists with more protection and to combat impunity for crimes of violence against them. Peña Nieto said at a meeting he will act with firmness to arrest and punish those responsible and plans to reinforce the Federal Mechanism for Protecting Human Rights Defenders and Journalists and the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE). He also announced plans to establish a national protocol for investigating crimes of violence against journalists and for looking after the victims - read more in Spanish on: http://urlz.fr/5irK

Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas (photo), who reported extensively on drug trafficking, was killed on Monday in Sinaloa. He is the sixth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year. Valdez was a well-respected journalist in Sinaloa and published several books on drug trafficking, crime, and its effects on communities. Riodoce, the weekly publication Valdez founded and worked for, reported he was shot to death. Valdez was also a correspondent for La Jornada in Sinaloa and worked with news agency AFP. The PEC laments this new tragedy and calls on the Mexican authorities to shed all possible light on this cowardly murder.

17.05.2017. AFGHANISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns in the strongest terms deadly attack on state radio and TV in Jalalabad. At least six people have been killed by assailants wearing suicide vests who stormed Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) in the city of Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for the attack. At least 16 people, including journalists, were wounded. Among the dead were four RTA employees, including a driver, a guard, and two technical personnel. Wednesday's attack underscores the growing dangers faced by media workers in Afghanistan as the security situation worsens. The country suffered its deadliest year on record for journalists in 2016 with 13 killed. According to the PEC Safety Index, the country is one of the most dangerous for reporters in the world.

12.05.2017. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) salue la parution du livre de son secrétaire général Blaise Lempen: "Le Nouveau Désordre Mondial - de la chute du communisme à la montée des populismes" (Georg, 368 pages) (only in French). Ce livre explique pourquoi la liberté d'expression est aujourd'hui sur la défensive dans de nombreux pays. Il réagit à l'intolérable: guerres interminables au Moyen-Orient, impuissance internationale,  montée de l'extrémisme, tensions migratoires, crispations nationalistes et identitaires. Témoin privilégié de l'histoire contemporaine comme correspondant à l'ONU pendant plus de 20 ans, Blaise Lempen s'interroge sur la marche de l'Histoire, le progrès humain, le retour de la barbarie, les risques systémiques, les blocages des démocraties. Un éclairage en profondeur sur le contexte international. En librairie, sur Amazon ou sur commande à: www.georg.ch

01.05.2017. World Press Freedom Day 2017 - PEC press release: Turkey new among the most dangerous countries for journalists // Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2017: la Turquie rejoint la liste des pays les plus dangereux pour les journalistes // Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa en 2017: Turquía se ha unido a la lista de países más peligrosos para los periodistas (read the PEC press release English, French, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS)

The scale is going from 1 to 5, the highest level of danger, which reflects high risks of conflict-related accidents, kidnapping, arbitrary detention, deliberate murder, injuries, absence of independent judiciary to investigate crimes against journalists and to prosecute the responsible.

The index is based on a six-month period and is published twice a year, to coincide with World Press Freedom Day on 3 May and the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November.

World Press Freedom Day 2017 highlights the protection of journalists. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2017 (3 May).
PEC is pleased to see that the safety of journalists is at the heart of the program. Under the global theme of Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies, participants gathered in Jakarta examine current challenges facing media, including the continuous trend worldwide of attacks against those who bring information to the public.

Read more on the official website, where you will find the concept note and more information about the event,
available at: http://en.unesco.org/wpfd

30.04.2017: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing in Istanbul of Gem TV Iranian CEO Saeed Karimian (photo, 45). The founder and chairman of the Persian-language Gem TV company has been shot dead in the Maslak neighbourhood, along with his Kuwaiti business partner. Mr Karimian had previously been tried in absentia by a Tehran court and sentenced to six years in prison for spreading propaganda against Iran. It is understood he died immediately after the gunmen - who were reportedly masked - opened fire on the vehicle on Saturday evening. Gem TV has been criticized by Iran for showing programmes which go against Islamic values. Family members told the BBC's Jiyar Gol that Mr Karimian had been threatened by the regime the past three months, and as a result was planning to leave Istanbul and move back to London. Gem Group was initially established in London, but later expanded to Dubai.

20.04.2017. BURMA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the brutal murder of Wai Yan Heinn in Burma (Myanmar) and calls for a thorough investigation into the murder. Wai Yan Heinn, the 27 year old weekly magazine editor at the Iron Rose was found dead on Sunday, April 16, at the publications offices in Rangoon’s Pazundaung Township. Heinn published a number of articles that have been critical of the elites in Myanmar particularly the military, business and government. Heinn was stabbed 15 times in the chest and abdomen.

25.03.2017. IRAQ. Kurdish journalist died from her injuries after Sinjar clashes. Tuba Akyılmaz (photo), a reporter for the pro-PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) agency Roj News, died on 23 March from her injuries after being shot during clashes between PKK and KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) affiliated forces in Sinjar on 3 March. In the clashes at least three journalists were injured, including Çıra TV journalists Hadi İlyas and İzzet İsmet alongside journalist Tuba Akyılmaz (who used the name Nujiyan Erhan). Tuba is the second female journalist to be killed in Iraq since the start of the year. The first was Shifa Zikri Ibrahim (Shifa Gardi), a Kurdish reporter for Rudaw TV killed by the blast of an improvised explosive device in a road in Al-Mamun, a western suburb of Mosul, on 25 February. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls again on the Iraqi forces and all warring parties to ensure the safety of the reporters who risk their lives to cover the fighting.

24.03.2017. MEXICO: lamentablemente, tres periodistas asesinados en tres semanes. El PEC es chocada y condena el homicidio de la comunicadora Miroslava Breach (54, photo), este jueves 23 de marzo en la ciudad de Chihuahua, corresponsal de La Jornada y directora editorial del diario El Norte de Chihuahua. Sus notas se centraban en temas de crimen organizado, narcotrafico y corrupcion politica. Otros dos periodistas mexicanos fueron asesinados en marzo: Cecilio Pineda y Ricardo Monlui. Debe castigar a los culpables y poner fin a la impunidad, dijo el PEC.

17.03.2017. NEW FIGHTING IN LIBYA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the attack against Al-Nabaa TV targeted by an RPG on March 15 in Zanata, Tripoli. The explosion of the rocket at the TV’s headquarters led to a great panic among staffers and set part of the building on fire, not to mention that the TV went off air. Tripoli is again the playground of clashes between armed groups from Misrata and other central region areas and security forces of the Government of National Accord. This is the second time Al-Nabaa TV channel is targeted. It was targeted by explosives and gunfire in late March 2016 because of its support of the Tripoli-based government. PEC reminds all belligerents that all media facilities must be spared and calls on authorities in Tripoli to protect the station's employees from future violence.

15.03.2017. TURKEY. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 34th session. Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) oral statement: Journalists are not ping pong balls between governments. Mr Erdogan has been using the abortive coup of July 2016 as an excuse to launch a media witch hunt and to silence the independent media in the country creating a climate of fear. The PEC protests those undemocratic practices, calls upon the authorities in Turkey to release without delay all journalists and urges Members of the Human Rights Council to condemn the outrageous violations of press freedom by Turkey (read the full statement on PEC NEWS)

10.03.2017. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 34th session. Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) oral statement. Freedom of information is at the core of human rights. PEC calls upon the Human Rights Council to intensify its efforts to implement its resolutions on the safety of journalists (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

04.03.2017. AZERBAIJAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the sentencing of Mehman Huseynov (photo), Azerbaijani journalist and chairman of the country's leading freedom of expression group, Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety, to two years in jail on defamation charges. The PEC joins other organizations to call on the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mehman Huseynov and to reverse the continuous clampdown on freedom of expression occurring in the country. PEC also calls on the international community to exert political pressure and take all the necessary measures until Azerbaijan honours its human rights commitments.

04.03.2017. ONE MORE JOURNALIST SHOT DEAD IN MEXICO. Mexican authorities must conduct a credible investigation into the killing of Cecilio Pineda Brito, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said today. The 38-year-old reporter was shot dead in the municipality of Ciudad Altamirano, in Guerrero state, according to press reports. Pineda was known to be at risk. The journalist covered crime, social issues, and corruption. His reporting attracted weekly threats sent via social media.

03.03.2017. PERU. Lamentable noticia. El periodista y realizador audiovisual José Yactayo Rodríguez de 55 años fue hallado tras ser brutalmente asesinado en Huacho. El PEC lamenta la muerte del periodista José Yactayo y expresa sus más sentidas condolencias a los familiares. Sus restos fueron encontrados dentro de una maleta en una chacra en Andahuasi. José Yactayo quien es un destacado realizador audiovisual de larga trayectoria  fue visto por última vez el último sábado 25 de febrero cuando salía de una reunión con amigos.
PERU. Sad news. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the brutal murder of the well-known journalist Jose Yactayo Rodriguez (photo, 55) and expresses its sincere condolences to his family. His remains were found inside a suitcase in a farm in Andahuasi. José Yactayo, who is a prominent audiovisual director with a long history, was last seen on the last Saturday, February 25, when he was leaving a meeting with friends.

28.02.2017. TURKEY: A new chapter in the Turkish authorities’ crackdown on freedom of expression. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the detention of Deniz Yücel (photo), a Turkish-German national journalist working for the German newspaper Die Welt. Deniz Yücel has already spent 13 days in police detention. He now joins the ranks of more than 120 journalists and media workers in Turkey who have been imprisoned awaiting trial since the attempted coup in July 2016. Turkey now has the shameful honour of being the world’s biggest jailer of journalists. PEC urges the Turkish authorities to immediately release Deniz Yücel.

to defend free expression in Turkey, go to: www.freeturkeyjournalists.com

25.02.2017. IRAQ. Sad news: young Rudaw journalist Shifa Gardi killed while covering clashes between government forces and ISIL in Mosul. Rudaw channel said roadside bomb explosion kills its female reporter Shifa Gardi (photo, 30) and wounds cameraman Younis Mustafa. The media group in Kurdistan said it lost one of its most prominent journalists and that Gardi had broken the stereotypes of male-dominated journalism in war zones. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expressed its condolences to her family and her media group.

19.02.2017. IRAQ. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) warns of high risks for journalists covering the second part of the battle of Mosul. Iraqi government forces have launched an offensive to liberate the western part of the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State, after retaking the city's eastern half last month. The western side, with its narrow, winding streets, presents a more difficult challenge than the rest of the city. The UN has voiced concern about civilians trapped there, amid reports that they could number up to 650,000. Experts warn that western Mosul is more densely populated and includes districts that are seen as pro-IS.
Read the survey of the Global Investigative Journalism Network: Looking for a Suicidal Job? Try Iraqi War Reporter: http://urlz.fr/4PSq

15.02.2017. República Dominicana. La Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) condena con firmeza el asesinato del locutor Luis Manuel Medina Pérez y del director de radio Leónidas Antonio Evangelista Martínez, quienes perdieron la vida mientras transmitían en directo en la ciudad de San Pedro el martes 14 de febrero. La PEC denuncia este acto odioso y exhorta a las autoridades dominicanas a identificar los autores de estos asesinatos // Dominican Republic. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the fatal shooting of a radio news presenter Luis Manuel Medina Pérez and his producer Leónidas Antonio Evangelista Martínez (photos) in mid-broadcast on Tuesday 14 February in San Pedro and calls on the Dominican authorities to identify those responsible for this shocking double murder.

more info on: http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2017/02/16/san-pedro-macoris-enluta-por-muerte-dos-comunicadores

13.02.2017. PAKISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the brutal killing of a young journalist in Karachi, on February 12. The PEC demands justice for the killed cameraman Taimoor Abbas, of Samaa TV news channel. He was shot in his head and chest when he was traveling in the Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) van in north Nazimabad to report on an attack on the police. The unidentified assailants on a motorbike had thrown an explosive device on a police armored personnel carrier, and had started shooting when the Samaa TV van arrived. Taimoor Abbas is the second journalist killed this year in Pakistan, one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

27.01.2017. TURKEY. PEC concerned by the closure of new media outlets in Turkey. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is extremely concerned regarding the recent order issued by the Turkish government to shutdown ON4 TV and KANAL12 TV stations without any clear legal justifications. The forcible closure of ON4 TV and KANAL12 stations brings the total number of 151 media outlets ordered to close in Turkey (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

25.01.2017. SOMALIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expressed its shock and condemns a terrorist attack in which 7 journalists were wounded in Mogadishu.  In this attack targeting an hotel in the city center, seven journalists who came to cover the attack were wounded and admitted to Madina hospital, among them Abdulkadir Abdullahi Ga’al (HornCable TV), Farah Abdi Warsame (AP news agency), Abdulkadir Abdullahi (Radio Kulmiye), Yusuf Jama Abdullahi (Aljazeera TV) and Mohamed Abdiwahab (AFP news agency). At least 15 people have been killed and dozens wounded in the attack carried out by al-Shabab. The assault on Wednesday morning began when attackers rammed an explosives-packed car into the gate of Dayah Hotel, and then stormed inside exchanging gunfire with security guards. A second massive car bomb blast went off after ambulances and journalists had arrived at the scene, according to news agencies.

24.01.2017. IRAQ: crimes committed by Daesh (ISIS). The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations sent a clarification to the PEC annual report. According to the PEC report, Iraq was in 2016 the most dangerous country with 16 journalists killed. The government of Iraq says that "the growing number of journalists' victims in Iraq is the result of the crimes committed by the Daesh terrorist groups" and lists 10 journalists executed by Daesh. The PEC strongly condemns these heinous crimes. Read the statement on Iraq on PEC NEWS

17.01.2017. SYRIA. South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed kidnapped in northern Syria since one week. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the kidnapping and demands his immediate release. Shiraaz Mohamed (photo, 38) was taken by unidentified armed men on January 10 near Turkey border while on assignment for the aid group Gift of the Givers.  Mohamed arrived in Syria on January 4 and photographed inside and around the Gift of the Givers hospitals. Shiraaz's passion for his pictures and for people led him into a career as an international photographer. Last year, he travelled to 12 countries.

12.01.2017. Only 3 percent journalists killed are women, according to a PEC analysis  // Seulement 3% des journalistes tués dans le monde sont des femmes, selon une analyse de la PEC // Unicamente el 3% de los periodistas muertos en el mundo son mujeres, según un análisis de la PEC (read the PEC analysis on PEC NEWS English, French, Spanish and Arabic)

11.01.2017. Azerbaijan. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the abduction and torture of journalist Mehman Huseynov (photo), chairman of the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety. In recent weeks, Huseynov had produced a series of investigative reports on villas he alleges belong to state ministers and parliamentarians. Azerbaijan's authorities must immediately revoke the travel ban on Huseynov and allow him to work as a journalist freely and without fear. Read more on: irfs.org

05.01.2017. UPDATE - 156 media workers killed in 2016, a record number. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has updated its annual report published on 14 December. Since mid-december until 31 December, 12 journalists died on duty. The total number for the year 2016 amounts to 156 killed in 33 countries: it is the highest number in 10 years, an increase of 15% compared to 2015 // 156 travailleurs des media tués en 2016, un nombre record - La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) a mis à jour son rapport annuel publié le 14 décembre. De mi-décembre au 31 décembre, 12 journalistes sont morts en mission. En un an, le bilan s'élève désormais à 156 travailleurs des médias tués dans 33 pays. C'est le chiffre le plus élevé en 10 ans, en hausse de 15% par rapport à 2015 (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS, list of victims on CASUALTIES// Lire le communiqué de la PEC sur PEC NEWS, liste des victimes sur CASUALTIES)

27.12.2016. BAHRAIN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of a female journalist Iman Salehi in Bahrain on 23 December and calls for a full and independent investigation. A military officer belonging to Bahrain’s royal family allegedly shot a female sports journalist “at point blank” range in the city of Riffa on Dec. 23. Iman Salehi (on the right on the photo) was reportedly in her car with her 6-year-old son when a military officer harassed her. When Salehi refused his advances, he shot her. Iman Salehi’s case gets more complicated considering she belongs to the Shiite sect and the suspect is believed to be a member of the House of Khalifa, the ruling family of Bahrain, the Sunni monarchy.

25.12.2016. RUSSIA-SYRIA. NINE RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS KILLED when a Russian military plane carrying 92 people crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday.  At least 60 were members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, better known internationally as the Red Army Choir, and were being flown out to Russia's Hmeymim air base in Syria to entertain troops in the run-up to the New Year. Nine Russian reporters were also on board as well as military servicemen. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) send its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the Russian media concerned by this catastrophe, the second one this year affecting the media community after the one in Colombia at the end of November. "These reporters were on duty. They flew to Syria to testify to the conflict. It is a new tragedy for the media", said the PEC. Journalists died in 2016 in a record number, the toll is now 155. "The war in Syria has already claimed the lives of more than 100 journalists since 2012. This violence must stop now", added the PEC.

14.12.2016. PEC annual report : 144 media workers killed in 2016, a record number //
Rapport annuel de la PEC: 144 travailleurs des media tués en 2016, un nombre record //
Informe Anual de la PEC: 144 trabajadores de los medios murieron en 2016, un  número record
التقرير السنوى لحملة الشارة الدولية
144 صحفياً وصحفية قُتِلوا فى 2016

(read the PEC press release English, French, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS)
Without the plane crash in Colombia, the Middle East and North Africa heads the most dangerous regions with 44 killed, Latin America and Asia came second with 28 journalists killed each, Europe with 13 killed, Africa 10, one journalist was killed in North America, according to the PEC annual report published Wednesday in Geneva

see more graphs, list of victims on our page Casualties

12.12.2016. Un journaliste meurt en détention en Algérie. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) est consternée d'apprendre la mort en prison à Alger de Mohamed Tamalt, 42 ans. La PEC appelle les autorités algériennes à ouvrir une enquête indépendante sur les circonstances de sa mort. Il avait été condamné en juillet à deux ans de prison pour « offense au président de la République ». Le journaliste Mohamed Tamalt, 42 ans, est mort dimanche 11 décembre à l’hôpital de Bab El-Oued à Alger, « après plus de trois mois de grève de la faim suivis d’un coma de trois mois », a annoncé son avocat, Amine Sidhoum. Dans un communiqué, la direction de l’administration pénitentiaire a expliqué que le prisonnier avait bénéficié d’un suivi médical et de médicaments pendant sa grève de la faim, qu’il avait eu un accident vasculaire cérébral ayant nécessité une intervention, et que son état s’était subitement dégradé en raison d’«une infection pulmonaire». Diabétique, Mohamed Tamalt était en prison depuis son arrestation le 27 juin, date à laquelle il avait entamé une grève de la faim. Le 11 juillet, il avait été condamné à deux ans de prison et une amende pour « outrage à corps constitué » et « atteinte à la personne du président » en raison de publications sur Facebook, s’attaquant à des responsables politiques, notamment au chef de l’Etat, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

11.12.2016. MEXICO. Otro periodista más asesinado. PEC condena el asesinato de Jesús Adrián Rodríguez Samaniego, de 41 años,  reportero de la cadena Antena 102.5 FM, de GRD Multimedia. Con la muerte a tiros de Rodríguez Samaniego en la norteña ciudad de Chihuahua ya son 12 los periodistas asesinados este año.  

08.12.2016. Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein jailed in Panama since 3 weeks. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) urges authorities to immediately release the dutch journalist. On 15 November, Ornstein was arrested on his arrival at Panama's international airport and charged with slander and libel in connection with articles he published on his website about the alleged fraudulent commercial activity of a Canadian citizen, Monte Friesner, who is currently facing criminal proceedings in Panama. The journalist faces a prison term of 38 months. UPDATED 21.12.2016. PEC welcomes Panama's president pardon to Dutch journalist

06.12.2016. Two more Iraqi journalists killed. The PEC is deeply saddened upon learning of the murder of two Iraqi journalists. Iraq is now the most dangerous country in the world this year with 15 media workers killed, just before Syria.
Shoukri Zeneldin (left), from KNN, was found dead in Amadiya, near Dohuk, on 1 December. Mohammed Thabet al-Obeidi (right), chief of radio Baba Gurgur and member of the Iraqi Media Network, was shot down in Kirkuk on 6 December.

04.12.2016. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of two Finnish journalists, killed on 4 December in the town of Imatra, in the southeast region of Finland. Katri Ikävalko, 36, worked for the local daily newspaper Uutisvuoksi and Anne Vihavainen, 52, worked for the regional daily newspaper Etelä-Saimaa in Imatra. They were killed by a lone gunman who also killed the Chair of the City Council of Imatra, Ms Tiina Wilén-Jäppinen. The PEC trusts that the authorities will conduct a swift and transparent investigation and bring the assailant to justice. It is not clear if the killings had any connection to the journalists’ professional activities.

29.11.2016. La organización Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) lamenta profundamente la muerte de 20 periodistas que perecieron en el accidente de avión que se estrelló la noche del lunes cerca de la ciudad colombiana de Medellín. La PEC envía sus condolencias a todos los miembros de las familias afectadas por este terrible desastre. Además, pide a las autoridades competentes una investigación exhaustiva para esclarecer las causas del suceso.

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is saddened by the death of 20 journalists who faced their unfortunate fate in a plane crash of a Columbian aircraft Monday night close to the Columbian city of Medellin. PEC expressed his shock for the death of 20 Journalists who accompanied a Brazilian football team and stressed that it is one of the worst accidents facing the profession with a very high tally and has hit hard on the sports media community.  The PEC presents its condolences to the families of the killed journalists who lost their lives in this horrible catastrophe.

ACCIDENT D'AVION EN COLOMBIE.  La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) est consternée d'apprendre que 20 journalistes sont morts lors de l'accident d'avion qui s'est écrasé lundi soir près de la ville colombienne de Medellin et qui a fait au total 75 victimes. Il s'agit d'un des plus graves accidents frappant la profession depuis des années. L'ONG basée à Genève adresse ses condoléances à tous les membres des familles touchées par cette terrible catastrophe. Elle demande aux autorités compétentes une enquête complète pour faire la lumière sur les causes de cet accident (Photo: Rafael Henzel of Radio Oeste in Chapecó was the sole surviving journalist aboard the charter flight to Medellín)

(press release on PEC NEWS, lire le communiqué de la PEC sur PEC NEWS, lea la lista de los periodistas que iban a cubrir el juego de Chapecoense)

23.11.2016. PHILIPPINES. Year Seven After the Ampatuan Massacre: Still No Justice. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) marks the seventh anniversary of the massacre of 58 civilians, including 32 journalists, in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao and calls again for justice. Read the statement of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibily, rewarded by the PEC annual Prize in 2010 (go to our page NO IMPUNITY)

11.11.2016. COLOMBIE. « Journaliste et défenseur des droits de l’Homme sont les professions les plus dangereuses en Colombie », affirme à la PEC le photographe colombien Rene Torres à l'occasion du festival FILMAR en América Latina - Dans le cadre de la  série d'interviews consacrées par la PEC à des journalistes engagés pour défendre la liberté de la presse, Rene Torres a répondu aux questions de la vice-présidente de la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) Luisa Ballin sur la situation des médias en Colombie, après la signature historique de l'accord de paix entre la guérilla des FARC (photo de combattants) et le gouvernement colombien.

Lire le témoignage de Rene Torres sur PEC NEWS

COLOMBIA. El fotógrafo colombiano Rene Torres (photo): “Periodista y defensor de los derechos humanos: las profesiones mas peligrosas en Colombia” - El Festival FILMAR en América Latina de Ginebra presentará su exposición La paix c’est pour quand? La paz es para cuando?

Leer la entrevista por Luisa Ballin en la página PEC NEWS

08.11.2016. NO TO IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS:  Time has come to turn words into action. A conference convened by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in Brussels on ending impunity for crimes targeting journalists and media workers has called for action to tackle the global crisis of impunity. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes and strongly supports the IFJ recommendation to address current weaknesses in the international legal framework for greater media protection through the adoption of a new convention on the safety of journalists.

(read the IFJ press release on our page NO IMPUNITY)

08.11.2016. IRAQ. MORE JOURNALISTS INJURED IN THE BATTLE OF MOSUL. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses its serious concern. The most recent attack on journalists was carried out by the so called Islamic State (ISIS) on 5th November. The correspondent for Al Forat Satellite Channel Ahmed Al-Zaidi was injured by shrapnel in his body following a rocket explosion. Since the battle to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS Al Forat Satellite Channel have also encountered serious injury to photojournalist Arwa Abdul Karim Al-Tamimi who was wounded following a landmine explosion. At least ten journalists were wounded since October. At the same time the PEC welcomes the release of Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka Monday in Iraq. He was captured last month while reporting on the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS and taken into custody by Kurdish-led forces.

(read more on PEC NEWS)

7.11.2016. THAILANDE. Le premier souci du journaliste thaïlandais est de ne pas écrire sur la famille royale pour ne pas s’attirer des ennuis, affirme le journaliste suisse Richard Werly de retour de Bangkok dans un entretien exclusif recueilli par Luisa Ballin, vice-présidente de la PEC (Photo: les Thaïlandais en deuil suite au décès, le 13 octobre, du roi Bhumibol)

lire notre interview sur PEC NEWS

2.11.2016. INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes a new report by the Director-General of UNESCO showing stronger political will to monitor and report on murderous attacks on media workers. In this year’s Report, 40  out of 62 countries where journalists have been killed in connection with their work have responded to the Director-General’s request. In 2014, date of the previous report, only 16 out of the 59 countries concerned had provided information. At the same time, the Report notes that fewer than one in ten cases of killed journalists is resolved by the judiciary, according to the information received from those Member States that have responded to the Director-General’s requests for data about judicial follow up (read more on our page NO IMPUNITY)

31.10.2016. International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November - PEC says media workers face increasing risks in a number of countries // Journée internationale de la fin de l'impunité pour les crimes commis contre des journalistes le 2 novembre - la PEC avertit que les employés des médias affrontent des risques croissants dans un grand nombre de pays

read our press release on PEC NEWS, English, French and Arabic

Launching today its second edition of a new index aiming to clarify the level of safety/danger for media representatives, the PEC added that the scale is going from 1 to 5, the highest danger level, which reflects high risks of conflict-related accidents, like kidnapping, arbitrary detention, deliberate murder, injuries, absence of independent judiciary to investigate crimes against journalists and to prosecute the responsible.

La PEC lance la seconde édition du nouvel index sur la sécurité des journalistes. Le niveau de danger va de 1 à 5, le niveau le plus élevé, évalué en fonction des risques liés à des accidents dans les zones de conflit, des enlèvements, détentions arbitraires, assassinats, blessures, absence de procédures judiciaires indépendantes pour enquêter sur les crimes perpétrés à l'encontre de journalistes et pour en poursuivre en justice les responsables.

For the International Day to End Impunity: http://en.unesco.org/day/endimpunity

31.10.2016. TURKEY. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) CONDEMNED THE LATEST WAVE OF ARRESTS OF MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA. Police in Istanbul raided the offices of the opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet and detained at least 12 of the newspaper's journalists and directors. Reportedly, since the attempted coup in Turkey in July, more than 125 media outlets have been closed and 120 journalists detained. Anti-terrorism legislation goes far beyond what may be justifiable under a state of emergency. PEC urged the authorities to restore media freedom and recalled that journalists must be able to do their work in a free and safe manner, without fear of being harassed, intimidated, threatened or detained.

Sign the petition: https://lc.cx/odta

Twitter: #FreeTurkeyJournalists

23.10.2016. FRANCE. LA LIBERTE DE LA PRESSE EN DANGER. Dans un entretien exclusif à la PEC à quelques mois de l'élection présidentielle française, le journaliste Laurent Mauduit (photo), cofondateur de Mediapart,  avertit dans un livre: de nouveaux empires médiatiques sont une atteinte au pluralisme démocratique, l'indépendance des rédactions est gravement remise en cause

FRANCE. THE PRESS FREEDOM IN DANGER. In an exclusive interview with the PEC only a few months from the French presidential election, the cofounder of Mediapart Laurent Mauduit (photo) warns that new media empires are a serious threat to democratic pluralism and that journalistic independence is substantially undermined in France

(lire notre entretien sur la page PEC NEWS) (read our interview on PEC NEWS)

22.10.2016. TWO MORE JOURNALISTS KILLED IN NORTHERN IRAQ, OTHERS INJURED. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is sad to learn that two journalists were killed in northern Iraq. Ahmed Hajr Oglo from Türkmeneli TV was killed on October 21 in Kirkuk apparently by a jihadist sniper. Cameraman Ali Raysan from Al Sumaria TV was killed in Al-Shura, near Mosul, on October 22. The PEC warns of high risks journalists face in the battle of Mosul. At least six journalists were injured so far.

In AFGHANISTAN, PEC is shocked by the assassination of a reporter for Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) Yaqoob Sharafat (photo) in Zabul on 16th October. According to Zabul police chief Gen. Mirwais Noorzai the RTA reporter for southern Kandahar province was attacked in Rasala village of Qalat city, Zabul’s capital.The armed men opened fire at Yaqoob Sharafat and killed him on the spot. Police had launched a probe into the murder.

 On 9th October unidentified gunmen have assaulted and snatched car, laptop and cell phones of the Afghanistan Times’ editor-in-chief, Abdul Saboor Sarir (photos), in Kabul. Abdul Saboor Sarir sustained head injuries in the attack. It is not the first time that Mr. Sarir came under attack. He was repeatedly threatened by different groups of dire consequences.

PEC requests the afghan government to immediately commence investigations in order to identify the suspects and take swift action against those responsible of both attacks.

In YEMEN, on Saturday the 8th October the Saudi -led coalition have carried out a series of devastating airstrikes on a funeral procession in the capital of Yemen that killed more than 140, and over 500 people were injured including cameraman Hashim Al-Shami of Al-Masirah Satellite Television. Since the War on Yemen began more than 15 journalists have been killed, and eight media outlasts were deliberately destroyed. The PEC requests that all parties fully implement the international law on safety of journalists working in war zones; which include the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1738, the UN Human Rights Council Resolutions on the Safety of Journalists, the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. The PEC regrets that the Human Rights Council has not decided at its last session to undertake an international investigation into the violations committed by all parties in Yemen  including against journalists, media worker, and media outlasts.

03.10.2016. LIBYA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) mourns the death of prominent Dutch journalist Jeroen Oerlemans (photo) killed covering a government offensive against ISIL in the group's Libyan stronghold of Sirte, a city 450km east of Tripoli. Dr Akram Gliwan, spokesman for a hospital in Misrata, told the AFP news agency that Oerlemans was shot in the chest by an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group sniper. Oerlemans was working in Libya for a number of media organisations, including the Belgian weekly Knack magazine.

29.09.2016. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes a new resolution on the safety of journalists adopted by the United Nations, urges for full implementation and for a stronger political will (read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS, full text of the resolution A/HRC/33/L6 on our page DOCUMENTS)

23.09.2016. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 33rd session. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign on item 7: the PEC expresses its deep concern over the serious Israeli escalation of arresting Palestinian journalists (read the full PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

19.09.2016. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 33rd session. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) - general debate item 4: Turkey is now the largest prison in Europe for media workers - it must not become a new Mexico with journalists murdered, intimidated, forced to censor themselves or to flee their country (read the full PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

14.09.2016. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 33rd session. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) - general debate on the oral update by the High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein (photo): "The PEC regrets that freedom of expression has deteriorated in several countries since the previous session of the Human Rights Council in June. Since January, at least 95 journalists were killed in 25 countries. Since the 32nd session, 21 journalists were murdered, other journalists are missing (...) The Human Rights Council must do  more to investigate all these cases (...) We need an independent mechanism to follow up" (read the full PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

08.09.2016. TWO JOURNALISTS KILLED IN ONE WEEK IN KENYA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) urges police to investigate the mysterious death of two journalists in Kenya. One journalist, Joseph Masha, was killed in Kilifi County on Saturday 3 September. The journalist who worked for The Standard is said to have had dinner with a local politician to mend fences following frosty relations between the two. Family members revealed that the politician had complained of a story that appeared on The Standard newspaper on August 31 in which Mr Masha analysed Kilifi politics. Another Kenyan reporter Dennis Otieno was murdered at his home in Trans Nzoia county on Thursday over a photograph in his possession. Hundreds of other journalists protested in the capital Nairobi against threats and intimidation. The PEC joins Kenyan journalists to demand the government do more to protect reporters against attacks.

06.09.2016. SYRIA: ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED IN ALEPPO. Shamel Al Ahmed (photo) was one of the Aleppo Media Center founders. He passed away on 2 September in an hospital in Gaziantep  after a struggle with his wounds being hit with a barrel bomb in Aleppo two weeks ago along with his wife who passed away four days ago. He was well known with his good moral and a bright smile. He captured with his camera, horror and poetry of a city guilty only of wanting to be free, to be against the dictatorial regime of Assad, against the terror of his bombs, of those of its allies.

18.08.2016. BURUNDI: journalist Jean Bigirimana missing for four weeks. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC)  asks the United Nations to investigate the disappearance of the Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana (photo) missing for four weeks. Bigirimana, a reporter with the independent weekly newspaper Iwacu,  left his home in the capital Bujumbura on July 22. He has not been seen or heard from since. The worst is feared: Iwacu's editor in Burundi has issued a cry for help after two bodies were found during a search for his missing journalist. There are more than 100 Burundian journalists in exile, and the very last media houses have been facing extraordinary pressures and threats for over a year now. Instead of helping the search being conducted by the Iwacu team, the police tried to obstruct it.

17.08.2016. TWO JOURNALISTS KILLED IN IRAQ. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) mourns two new fatalities in the north of Iraq. Widat Hussein Ali, a 28-year-old reporter for RojNews, a news agency that supports the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), was kidnapped in Dohuk and then murdered on 13 August. Mustafa Said  a cameraman with Kurdistan TV, a satellite TV channel owned by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK), was killed on 14 August while covering the fighting in the north of the city of Mosul between Islamic State and kurdish forces.

08.08.2016. PAKISTAN. TWO JOURNALISTS KILLED, OTHERS INJURED IN A SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK AT THE CIVIL HOSPITAL IN QUETTA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the senseless terrorist attack which killed around 70 people, among them patients, mourners, lawyers and journalists who had gathered at the hospital to mourn the Balochistan Bar Association President who was shot dead earlier in the day. Cameramen from Dawn News and Aaj TV were killed in this particularly appalling attack. The PEC is sad to hear that journalists are increasingly caught in the middle of violence in Pakistan.

28.07.2016. TURKEY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC ) joins the solidarity campaign launched by the European and International Federation of Journalists (EFJ/IFJ) with the Turkish journalists following the new attacks on press freedom and human rights in Turkey since the coup attempt on 15 July. We invite PEC partners to help the Turkish colleagues by:

  • sharing in your social media and website the visual “Did you know? Journalism is not a crime” #JournalismIsNotACrime

The EFJ and the IFJ are also monitoring the situation regarding detained/arrested journalists and press freedom violations since 15 July. A list of detained journalists is available here and all the alerts submitted to the Council of Europe platform for the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists, here.

22.07.2016. UKRAINE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the murder of Pavel Sheremet. Pavel Sheremet (44, photo), who worked for the Ukrainskaya Pravda newspaper died when the car he was driving exploded shortly after it started. Sheremet was a well-known journalist and political analyst specializing in relations between Russia and Ukraine. The authorities of Kiev must act swiftly to bring the killers to justice.

21.07.2016. TURKEY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is very worried by the attacks targeting the media following the military failed coup. PEC calls the international community to condemn blatant violations of freedom of the press and to take concrete measures while any form of criticism on the ground is being muzzled, thus heavily threatening democratic values in Turkey.

04.07.2016. PEC report - the death toll is rising: 74 journalists killed in 6 months // Le nombre de victimes est en hausse: 74 journalistes tués en 6 mois, selon le rapport de la PEC // Informe de la PEC: 74 periodistas muertos en 6 meses // تقرير حملة الشارة الدولية: 74 صحفياً يُقتلون من يناير إلى نهاية يونيو

(read the PEC press release English, French, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS)

The most dangerous countries for media workers were in the first six months of 2016:   Afghanistan with 10 journalists killed, then Syria with 9 killed.  Mexico follows with 8 killed, then Iraq and Yemen with 7 in each country. 5 journalists were killed in Guatemala, and 4 in each of the following countries: India, Pakistan, Turkey.  2 journalists were killed in the Philippines, 2 in Russia and 2 in El Salvador. One journalist was killed in the following countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Honduras, Libya, Serbia, United States, Somalia and Venezuela.

27.06.2016. SYRIA. Video shows Islamist militants from Daesh brutally killing 5 Syrian media activists. The Press Emblem Campaign is outraged, strongly condemns such brutal acts and requests that those responsible are identified and punished.

The Islamic State group has reportedly released a video that shows five media activists from Syria being executed according to an Associated Press (AP) report. "The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received a copy of a video issued by the 'Islamic state' in Deir Ezzor, where it showed 5 media activists from Deir Ezzor province," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a post on its verified Facebook page. It gave the name of the five as Samer Mohamad al-Aboud, Mahmoud Shaaban al-Haj Kheder, Mohamad Abdulkader al-Essa, Mostafa Haj Hasa and SOHR activist Sami Jodat al-Rabah.

"The first one was executed by cutting his throat with a knife, the second activist was executed by tying him to his laptop then tying his laptop to explosives and detonating it inside his house," said SOHR in the post. It went on to add that "the third activist was executed by tying him to a metal door and choking him using an iron chain, the fourth one was executed by slaughtering him using a sharp object". It also said: "And the last activist was executed by hanging his camera to his neck and detonating it after tying him it to the balcony of his house". The post also said the activists had been executed on charges of "acting against the Islamic state, communicating with outside parties and receiving funds, and other charges." The AP report quoted the SOHR as saying that Isis had abducted the five activists in October last year and executed them in December. The PEC adds their names to its casualties' list just today because we heard the news only now.

The PEC pays tribute to the courage of those who continue to inform us despite the barbarity of such acts.

22.06.2016. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 32nd session.  Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) (general debate item 4). PEC denounces violations of the freedom of the press in Egypt, Russia, Turkey and Venezuela (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

21.06.2016. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 32nd session. Oral statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) - interactive dialogue with the Commission of inquiry:  all responsible for war crimes must be  prosecuted (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

20.06.2016. Another dark day for media freedom in Turkey, RSF’s Turkey representative jailed. Istanbul's Second Criminal Court of Peace ordered Erol Önderoğlu's arrest, alongside journalist and writer Ahmet Nesin and Şebnem Korur Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (photo), on charges of making propaganda for a terrorist group for taking part in a campaign of solidarity with the Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls on the Turkish authorities to drop all charges and release them immediately. We call on you to sign the petition to #FreeErol.

UPDATE: Erol Önderoglu, Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Ahmet Nesin were released after 10 and 11 days in an Istanbul prison, but charges are not dropped.

16.06.2016. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 32nd session. Oral statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) - interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression: the situation of media in Yemen is catastrophic. It is time for the Human Rights Council to create an international commission of inquiry on the situation in Yemen (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

06.06.2016. PEC AWARD CEREMONY (Read the PEC press release, speeches delivered at the press conference on our special page PEC AWARD)
The PEC Award 2016 goes to Zhanna Nemtsova and the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom in Russia.The PEC Award committee for the defense of journalists handed over the award on Monday 6 June in Geneva to Zhanna Nemtsova (photo) the eldest daughter of Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader killed on 27 February 2015 at the Kremlin Walls. The award was designated to the Foundation that she created last year.

Receiving the PEC award at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva

(here with the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen), Zhanna

Nemtsova said : "I strongly believe in free journalism (...)

Unfortunately we now in Russia don't only have independent

media. We have propaganda. My father put it this way "

Russian propaganda is a weapon of mass destruction of

people's brains".  It breeds hatred towards the so-called

enemies, the West, and to opponents of the regime within the

country and leads to aggressive behavior. Finally it aims at

destroying people 's ability of critical thinking. Russian state-

controlled media present a very simple picture of the world

where there are only two colors: black and white".

05.06.2016. TWO MORE JOURNALISTS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN: PEC is dismayed by the death in fightings of one American journalist David Gilkey and a local freelance Zabibullah Tamanna in Helmand province, in southern Afghanistan on Sunday 5 June. Zabibullah Tamanna (left) and David Gilkey (right), an American photojournalist with the National Public Radio (NPR), both embedded with the Afghan Special Forces, were killed when the armored vehicle in a convoy they were travelling in was struck by an 82mm rocket in a Taliban ambush near Marjah in Helmand.

Gilkey, 50, was an award-winning journalist who had extensive experience covering conflicts in Gaza, South Africa, Iraq, the Balkans and Afghanistan. Tamanna was a freelance journalist who worked for NPR as well as the NBC News and Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency. He had also worked with Chinese news agency Xinhua as a photojournalist.  So far, 10 media workers have been killed in Afghanistan this year, a very heavy toll.

25.05.2016. AZERBAIJAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) congratulates Khadija Ismayilova. International mobilization has paid.
The prominent Azerbaijani investigative journalist has been released on probation after her detention was widely criticised by activists. Khadija Ismayilova was arrested in December 2014 and sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail in September last year. She was freed by the country’s supreme court on Wednesday 25 May after judges ruled her sentence would be changed to a three-and-a-half-year suspended term. Speaking after she left court (photo), Ismayilova said she would persist with her reporting and push for a full acquittal. “I will continue my journalist work with renewed energy,” she said. “I feel younger and more energetic, and I will fight until the end.”

THREE REPORTERS MISSING IN COLOMBIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is worried. All sides in the Colombian civil conflict must do their utmost to ensure the safety of all media personnel. Two Colombian TV journalists may have been kidnapped in Colombia's dangerous northeast Catatumbo region, their employer said May 24. Reporter Diego D'Pablos and camera operator Carlos Melo, of Bogotá's RCN TV station, were investigating the disappearance of Salud Hernandez-Mora, a Spanish-Colombian journalist who was last seen Saturday afternoon in the village of El Tarra, according to her employer. PEC demands the release of the three journalists.
UPDATE: the three journalists kidnapped were released on 27 May after being held by the guerrilla group ELN.

MAY 2016. ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED IN MEXICO: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is dismayed by the escalation of violence in Veracruz, condemns this new murder and calls for a full investigation - Six journalists killed so far in Mexico in 2016 - El asesinato de Manuel Torres González (photo) ocurrido la tarde del sábado en el municipio de Poza Rica, al norte del estado Veracruz, elevó a 6 el número de periodistas asesinados en Mexico en el 2016 y a 16 el número de reporteros que ejercían en Veracruz y que han muerto de forma violenta en lo que va del sexenio del gobernador Javier Duarte. PEC condenó el homicidio y demandó la atención de las autoridades para encontrar a los responsables y procesarlos.

DISTURBING TREND IN INDIA: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder or two journalists in two days. Rajdeo Ranjan (photo), bureau chief of daily Hindustan, was shot dead in Bihar’s Siwan on Friday 13 May. A group of five criminals on motorcycles shot two bullets at 42-year-old Rajdeo Ranjan when he was on his way home from office on a bike, according to the Hindustan Times. The crime came a day after a Hindi television journalist was shot dead in Jharkhand. Unidentified people shot dead Indradev Yadav, a journalist working for a Hindi news channel from Chatra, late on Thursday evening. PEC requires a full investigation.

SYRIA. GOOD NEWS ! THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) WELCOMES THE RELEASE OF THREE SPANISH JOURNALISTS AFTER ALMOST A YEAR IN CAPTIVITY. Reports suggested they had been kidnapped by al-Nusra Front. They arrived in Madrid on Sunday 8 May and were received by friends and family (photo). The trio were flown on a Spanish defence ministry jet from Turkey. A statement from the spanish prime minister's office said that "allied and friendly" countries had helped to secure the journalists' release, highlighting the role of Turkey and Qatar which had provided assistance "especially in the final phase".

BUENA NOTICIA. PEC se felicita por la liberación de tres periodistas españoles Antonio Pampliega, José Manuel López y Ángel Sastre, secuestrados en Alepo, al norte de Siria, en julio del año pasado. Los reporteros, a quienes se perdió la pista el 12 de julio de 2015, llevaban cubriendo la guerra en Siria desde su estallido en 2011. Pampliega y López han publicado en la prensa española amplios reportajes narrando el drama de los civiles sirios.

SHAMEFUL DAY IN TURKEY: Newspaper editor Can Dündar sentenced to more than five years for state secrets offence on same day man tried to shoot him outside court (photo)

“In the space of two hours we have experienced two assassination attempts: one was done with a gun, the other was judicial,” said Can Dündar, speaking in front of the court after the verdict was announced Friday, May 6. “The [jail sentences] we received are not just to silence us. The bullet was not just to silence us. This was done to all of us, to scare us into silence, to make us stop talking", he added, according to reports. Dündar, editor-in-chief of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, and fellow journalist Erdem Gül, its Ankara bureau chief, were acquitted on charges of trying to overthrow the government, but convicted of publishing secret state documents. Dündar was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison and Gül to five years. “This is a verdict against journalism and we don’t accept it,” said Gül. The verdict came on a dramatic day in which an attacker fired several shots in quick succession at Dündar, who was unharmed. NTV television reported that one of its reporters had suffered minor injuries from ricocheting bullets. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the verdict and the attack against the journalists and urges the court of appeal to acknowldege that Dündar and Gül were only doing their job.

World Press Freedom Day 2016 - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing of 40 journalists since the beginning of 2016 and is launching a new index to rate countries according to their safety for journalists

Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2016 - La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) condamne le meurtre de 40 journalistes depuis le début de l'année et lance un nouvel indice sur la sécurité des journalistes

Día Mundial de la Libertad de la Prensa en 2016 - La PEC condena el asesinato de 40 periodistas desde comienzos del año y lanza un nuevo índice sobre la seguridad de los periodistas


MAY 2016. EGYPT: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) protests against the storming of the headquarters of the Egypt's Press Syndicate in Cairo and the arrest of journalists Amr Badr and Mahmoud El-Sakka on Sunday evening. The PEC supports its Egyptian colleagues on the eve of World Press Freedom Day.
The Egypt's Press Syndicate has called on members to continue a round-the-clock sit-in at the HQ (photo) until Wednesday's general assembly. The interior ministry said in a statement Monday, May 2 that it followed all legal procedures while carrying out the arrests. The two journalists are accused of "inciting violation of the protest law, disrupting security and attempting to destabilise the country," the ministry added. Amr Badr, editor-in-chief and founder of Yanair (January) news portal, and journalist Mahmoud El-Sakka, who works for the same website, were staging a sit-in in the syndicate to protest against their arrest warrants as well as the storming of their homes by security forces last month. Syndicate head Yehia Qallash and other journalists said the ministry's move was a clear violation of Egyptian press law.

APRIL 2016. TURKEY: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) protests vigorously against targeting or banning foreign press correspondents. The PEC condemns the arrest on Saturday 23 April and the travel ban imposed by Turkish authorities against the Dutch journalist Ebru Umar  (photo) for writing tweets considered critical of President Erdogan. She was later released but said she is not allowed to leave the country and must report to police in a few days, even though she was due to fly back to the Netherlands on Sunday. German newspaper, Bild said on Sunday that one of its photographers was expelled from Turkey after a visit from Chancellor Angela Merkel. Russian journalist Tural Kerimov, the Turkey bureau chief for Sputnik news agency, was stopped last week by a border control officer who said the journalist was a persona non grata for the Turkish authorities, before sending him back to Russia. And on 19 April, Turkish border officials applied a similar entry ban to the German journalist Volker Schwenk, the Cairo correspondent of Germany’s ARD TV. The way the Turkish administration prohibits the work of the press is totally unacceptable, stressed the PEC.

APRIL 2016. SYRIAN JOURNALIST KILLED IN TURKEY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns a new attack in the Turkish town of Gazientep. Aleppo Today TV journalist Mohammed Zaher Al-Shurwat (36) was in intensive care on Sunday 10 April after he was shot in the head by a masked gunman in southern Turkey according to news reports. He died at the hospital 12 April. Mohammed Zaher Al-Shurwat worked for Aleppo Today TV, a television station known for opposing the Islamic State group. While many journalists choose Gazientep as a base after fleeing Syria, the town has become increasingly dangerous with a number of journalists, media workers and activists being attacked and killed there in the past six months, warned the PEC. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the killing of four journalists in Turkey in six months. Another journalist had escaped an assault last month.

US hostage released in Syria. Finally a sign of hope for the American journalist Austin Tice. Austin Tice’s family expressed their hope that their son, who disappeared in Syria in August 2012, might be released. Russian authorities said on Friday 8 April that they helped to secure the release of US freelance photographer Kevin Dawes who was abducted in Syria in 2012 after crossing the border from Turkey. The Tice family released a statement saying: “We are very happy for the Dawes family with the news of Kevin’s safe release and we can only imagine the relief he and his loved ones must be experiencing. We sincerely hope Kevin’s release is a precursor of Austin’s imminent freedom.” PEC expressed the same hope after waiting for more than three years for news of his whereabouts.

APRIL 2016. TWO BRAZILIAN JOURNALISTS INJURED IN SHOOTING IN TWO WEEKS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is appalled by the climate of violence in Brazil and calls for a thorough investigation. Ivan Pereira Costa who runs the local news website Veja Noticias was hospitalized after a shooting attack on Monday 4 April in the small Amazonian town of Cujubim, in the Brazilian state of Rondônia. Pereira wrote about peasant occupations and about organized crime in the region. On March 27, Brazilian radio journalist Jair Pereira Teixeira survived after being shot in the northeastern state of Ceará. Last year, eight journalists were killed in Brazil, according to the PEC.

MARCH 2016. FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IN DANGER IN TURKEY. "Threats, insults and oppression is almost your daily life", said the Turkish journalist and writer Ece Temelkuran (photo) in an exclusive interview for the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC). "When it comes to freedom of expression the coercion by the governing party is limitless".

Read the full interview on PEC NEWS

MARCH 2016: THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) IS UPSET BY THE ARREST OF FLORENCE HARTMANN HELD IN ISOLATION IN THE HAGUE AND CALLS FOR HER IMMEDIATE RELEASE. The former spokesperson of the Tribunal and a former correspondent for French Newspaper Le Monde in the Balkans, has been jailed on Thursday 24 March at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Hartmann was convicted of contempt of court in 2009 for revealing in a book that the tribunal had withheld crucial information on the Srebrenica massacre of 1995 from the nearby international court of justice.

Sign the petition: https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/release-florence-hartmann-petition.html

Florence Hartmann has been released on Tuesday 29 March after completion of more than two-thirds of her sentence. The petition has obtained more than 5000 signatures in 5 days.

MARCH 2016. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 31st session. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is concerned about the recent dangerous escalatory step taken by Israel shutting down Palestinian media outlets (read the statement delivered by the PEC at the Human Rights Council on PEC NEWS)

MARCH 2016. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 31st session. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is very worried by the deterioration of the freedom of the press in Turkey. Ten days ago, Turkey seized one of the country's leading newspapers. We call upon Turkey to reverse its decision to seize Zaman and urge the international community to speak out against Turkey's repeated attempts to stifle a free and independent media (read the statement delivered by the PEC at the Human Rights Council on PEC NEWS)

MARCH 2016. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 31st session. At least 88 journalists were killed in Syria in 5 years. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls upon the Commission of Inquiry to give the information it has gathered to governments in order to identify those responsible, to arrest them and to prosecute them. Impunity must not prevail (read the statement delivered at the Human Rights Council on PEC NEWS).

MARCH 2016. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 31st session. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls upon the UN Special rapporteur on summary executions to fully investigate all crimes targeting journalists in order to bring the perpetrators to justice (read the statement delivered at the Human Rights Council on PEC NEWS).

MARCH 2016. Journalists covering torture assaulted at Chechnya border. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns an attack on six Russian et foreign journalists investigating human rights abuses in the north Caucasus region and calls on authorities in the Russian republic of Ingushetia to hold accountable those responsible.  According to reports, around 20 masked men wielding knives and clubs ambushed the journalists in their minibus as they attempted to cross from Ingushetia into neighbouring Chechnya together with representatives of a Russian anti-torture NGO. Both foreign journalists involved, Swedish Radio’s Maria Persson Lofgre and Øystein Windstad, a reporter for the Norwegian daily Ny Tid, were hospitalised with non-severe injuries.

MARCH 2016. TURKEY. SIGN THE PETITION TO END TURKEY'S CRACKDOWN ON PRESS FREEDOM. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins Index on Censorship, writers, journalists and artists from around the world to condemn the shocking seizure of Turkish independent media group, Zaman. 

"Today Turkey seized one of the country's leading newspapers. In so doing, Turkey has confirmed that it is no longer committed to a free press, which is the bedrock of any democratic society. We, the undersigned, ask the court to reverse its decision to seize Zaman and urge the international community to speak out against Turkey's repeated attempts to stifle a free and independent media."


MARCH 2016. SYRIA. PEC condemns artillery attacks in Syria wounding foreign journalists on press tour.  A group of 33 foreign journalists have been targeted in an attack in the northern Syrian province of Latakia. The group was on a trip organized by Russian officials. Journalists from China, Bulgaria and Canada suffered minor injuries in the incident. The incident took place near the border town of Kessab, on March 1, when eight shells were fired in total. The shells have landed some 150-400 meters from the journalists, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said. The Syrian army is blaming the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front for the attack, but there is no confirmation from an independent source.

 MARCH 2016. SUDAN.The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) stands by more than 30 Sudanese journalists who have launched a hunger strike to protest against the forced closure of their newspaper by the government. In the biggest organised strike of its kind in the country, the El Tayar reporters were greeted by hundreds of supporters at the newspaper’s offices in Khartoum on March 1. Wearing chains and linking hands, the journalists assembled in front of the building to announce their plans before retreating inside the building to begin their sit-in. “We want to draw attention to the difficulties faced by journalists and the restrictions on the freedom of press in the country in general,” said Khalid Fathi, the newspaper’s managing editor. On March 3, journalists of al-Tayyar newspaper have agreed to end their three-day hunger strike after a pledge from the government to refer the closure of the newspaper to the Constitutional Court.

FEBRUARY 2016. TURKEY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the conditional release 26 February of Turkish journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül (photo), of the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, and calls on authorities to drop all charges against them. The two who spent 92 days in pre-trial detention stll face multiple life sentences if convicted of exposing state secrets for publishing reports alleging Turkey tried to smuggle weapons to Islamists in Syria. The PEC also calls for a full and swift investigation of the murder of Rohat Aktas: the editor and journalist for the Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat was killed 24 February in Cizre in southeast Turkey. Aktaş had travelled to the province to report on the curfew imposed in the area by Turkish authorities. Aktaş became trapped in a basement with dozens of others after he was shot in the arm while reporting on the efforts to help wounded civilians.

FEBRUARY 2016. Israel-held Palestinian journalist ends 94-day hunger strike. The Palestinian journalist held by Israel without trial, Mohammed al-Qiq, agreed Friday 26 February to end his 94-day hunger strike under a deal for his release in May. The Israeli army however, in a statement, was less categorical on his release. "He will continue to remain in custody until May 21, 2016. On that date, the situation will be examined to determine whether there is new information or security circumstances which require extending detention," it said. But for Qiq's family and supporters it was a victory.
FEBRUARY 2016. YEMEN. ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED IN THE FIGHTING. Armed men in the central Yemeni city of Taiz fatally shot Ahmed al-Shaibani on Tuesday 16 February, according to his colleagues and employers. Al-Shaibani was working for the independent Yaman News website and state-run Yemen TV while reporting on fighting in Taiz. He is the fifth journalist killed in Yemen since the beginning of the year.

FEBRUARY 2016. MEXICO. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of Anabel Flores Salazar (32), a reporter for El Sol de Orizaba who was abducted from her home near the city of Orizaba in Veracruz on Monday 8 February. PEC urges federal authorities to investigate the murder and bring all those responsible to justice. The journalist is the third killed in Mexico since the beginning of 2016.

Mexico continúa la cuenta de periodistas asesinados. El cadáver de Anabel Flores Salazar, secuestrada por un comando armado en su casa en Veracruz, ha sido hallado al borde de una carretera del Estado de Puebla. En El Sol de Orizaba había trabajado como colaboradora los últimos seis meses. La especialidad de Flores era la información sobre crímenes. La periodista tenía 32 años y era madre de un bebé recién nacido y de otro niño de cuatro años.

FEBRUARY 2016. Big Media ‘must do more’ to protect journalists: at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters on 5 February, 200 senior media managers, editors and journalists from around the world publicly examined their own record in standing up for the safety of journalists and marked their own card: ‘must do better’ (read the report by William Horsley,  Director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media UK, on PEC NEWS)

FEBRUARY 2016. ISRAEL. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls for the immediate release of  Palestinian journalist, Mohammed Al-Qiq, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months and is “close to death” according to reports. Al-Qiq, a correspondent for Saudi Arabia’s Almajd TV network, was arrested on November 21 last year at his home in Ramallah, and is on hunger strike since November 25.

Read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS

La PEC a appris avec une immense tristesse le décès de Maria Simon Rodriguez (71 ans), sa vice-présidente pour l'Amérique latine. Elle est décédée à Genève des suites d'une grave maladie le 27 janvier.

The PEC has learned with great sadness of the death of Maria Simon Rodriguez (71), its Vice President for Latin America. She died in Geneva following a serious illness on 27 January.

La PEC expresa su tristeza por el deceso de María Simón Rodriguez (71 años), su vicepresidenta para América latina. Murió en Ginebra de los séquitos de una enfermedad grave el 27 de enero.

PEC press release on PEC NEWS - Spanish, English and French

JANUARY 2016. TURKEY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins other organizations to protest again the indictment of a Turkish prosecutor demanding on 27/01/2016 during a court hearing in Istanbul “aggravated life imprisonment and imprisonment up to 30 years” for Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, two journalists working for the daily Cumhuriyet in Turkey. Can Dündar, editor in chief of Cumhuriyet and Erdem Gül, the newspaper’s bureau chief in Ankara have been accused of aiding a terrorist organisation and disclosure of classified documents, which showed that Turkey’s intelligence agency secretly armed rebel Islamist groups in Syria. The two journalists are arrested since 26 November 2015 and detained in Silivri detention camp. Together with a coalition of press freedom groups, the PEC calls on authorities in Turkey to immediately release Dündar and Gül and drop all charges against them. They only work for the public interest.

MEXICO. PEC condemns the murder of two journalists in Oaxaca state. Marcos Hernández Bautista, a 38-year-old correspondent for the news organization Noticias Voz e Imagen of Oaxaca, was shot in the head while getting into his car on the night of Jan 21, in San Andrés Huaxpaltepec in the Costa Region of Oaxaca state. Marcos had expressed fear because in some publications he had touched on political interests and those interests of chiefs in the region. Also in Oaxaca, Reynel Martínez Cerqueda, a host at community radio station "Manantial" of Santiago Laollaga, was killed on Jan. 22. Three journalists were found murdered in Oaxaca last year. Abel Manuel Bautista Raymundo, founder and director of Radio Espacio 96.1 FM, was killed on April 14, 2015. The body of Veracruz radio journalist Armando Saldaña Morales was found in the state on May 4. And radio journalist Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento was killed outside his office at La Favorita 103.3 FM on July 2. 

YEMEN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) demands the immediate release of three Aljazeera Arabic news staff believed to have been kidnapped in the city of Taiz in southern Yemen. According to Al Jazeera, its Arabic correspondent, Hamdi Al-Bokari and his crew, journalist Abdulaziz Al-Sabri and driver Moneer Al-Sabai, were last seen on January 18. The team was covering events in the besieged city of Taiz, which is controlled by Yemeni forces and armed groups loyal to Yemeni president and is surrounded by rebels forces. The PEC joins calls on warrying parties in Yemen to do their utmost to protect media professional’s safety on the ground. The abduction comes just days after Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli was killed on 17 January in an air raid by the Saudi-led coalition in the capital, Sana’a.

Al Jazeera channel’s Arabic correspondent Hamdi Al-Bokari and his crew, journalist Abdulaziz Al-Sabri and driver Moneer Al-Sabai, have been released, the Qatari cable news network said January 28. The PEC welcomes the safe return of the TV crew.

VENEZUELA. PEC condemns the murder of prominent pro-government journalist Ricardo Duran - any political motives ?

The Venezuelan journalist was a strong supporter of the governments of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. Ricardo Duran was killed outside his home Wednesday 20 January in Caracas. His work colleague, Daniel Aponte, told VTV, “They did not take anything from Ricardo Duran, not his wallet, nor money, nor his cell phone, nor his side arm, not even his car.” PEC calls for a thorough investigation.

AFGHANISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the barbaric attack on Afghan TV channel TOLO in Kabul. Seven employees of popular Afghan TV channel TOLO were killed Wednesday 20 January when a Taliban car bomber rammed into their minibus in Kabul, just months after the militants declared the network a legitimate "military target". At least 25 other people were wounded in the first major attack on an Afghan media organisation since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001. The deadly assault spotlights the growing dangers faced by media workers in Afghanistan, as the security situation worsens amid a growing wave of militant attacks. The PEC is shocked and saddened by this outrage and demands that those responsible are arrested and brought to justice.

PEC press release on PEC NEWS (English and Arabic)

La PEC pleure la mort de la photographe franco-marocaine Leila Alaoui.

Grièvement blessée lors de l'attaque terroriste qui a fait 30 morts à Ouagadougou le 15 janvier, Leila Alaoui (33 ans, photo) est décédée lundi soir des suites de ses blessures. La jeune femme se trouvait dans la capitale du Burkina Faso dans le cadre d'un reportage pour Amnesty International. Au café-restaurant Capuccino, "Leila a été touchée par les balles du terroriste à bout portant au poumon, à l’abdomen, au bras, à la jambe et au rein", a précisé la mère de la photographe, Christine Alaoui, dans un message adressé au Quai d’Orsay. Elle était l'invitée de la prochaine édition du Forum international du film et des droits humains (FIFDH) en mars à Genève.

Plus d'infos sur PEC NEWS

PEC is saddened by the death of the French-Moroccan photographer and video artist Leila Alaoui (33) killed by terrorists in Ouagadougou 15 January (photo). She was working for a documentary with Amnesty International.

IRAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of the US-Iranian journalist Jason Rezaian (photo) as part of a prisoner exchange after spending 543 days in detention.

The Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief was one of four American-Iranian prisoners who were released in exchange for seven Iranians held in US custody on Saturday 16 January. Washington Post publisher, Frederick Ryan released a statement welcoming the announcement, saying: “We couldn’t be happier to hear the news that Jason Rezaian has been released from Evin Prison". His newspaper said that the journalist had been subjected to physical and psychological mistreatment during his detention. He was accused of spying for US government officials before he was eventually convicted of espionage in October and sentenced to jail.

PAKISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns as an attack against press freedom a grenade attack on the Islamabad offices of Pakistani broadcaster ARY News 13 January. A video editor was wounded. Daesh Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack in pamphlets thrown outside the office, according to reports. Copies of the pamphlets warned the broadcaster about its coverage of the Pakistani military offensive against militants in the North Waziristan tribal region. PEC condemns intimidation of journalists by terrorist groups anywhere in the world. Media are independent and not part of the military institution. More on:


Israel. Break the silence. Hunger-striking Palestinian journalist's health failing

Palestinians demonstrate in solidarity with the journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq, 33, who has been on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, since Israeli forces arrested him from his home November 21 in Nablus, West Bank. He began a hunger strike on November 25, alleging torture by his captors and is currently in the hospital wing of Ramle prison, in central Israel.

As his health deteriorates, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein may be forced to weigh force feeding Al-Qeeq. He works as a reporter for the Saudi news channel “Almajd”. The Shin Bet claims that al-Qeeq is a member of Hamas. Al-Qeeq recently published a number of articles criticizing the Palestinian Authority, denouncing the lack of freedom of the press in the West Bank as well as the security forces who arrest political activists.

One year after the Charlie Hebdo massacre: terrorism is not an excuse to restrict fundamental freedoms

Un an après le massacre à Charlie Hebdo le terrorisme n'est pas une excuse à la restriction des libertés fondamentales

Read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS (English, French and Arabic)

JANUARY 2016. PEC update: 135 journalists killed in 2015 in 33 countries - risks very high in 2016

The situation is very grim. The PEC fears that terrorists acts and the fight against terrorism all around the world may rise further in 2016 and lead to more journalists killed, wounded, kidnapped, detained, harassed, facing huge difficulties to do freely their work, and will further restrict freedom of the press. The PEC calls the United Nations to enforce stronger investigation and accountability mechanisms to fight against impunity (read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS, see our page CASUALTIES)

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has updated its annual report covering 2015 published December 14. Until 31 December, 135 journalists were killed in 33 countries last year. The risks remain very high for 2016, warned the NGO.

Since the PEC started its count a decade ago in 2006, some 1184 media workers were killed with an average of more than 118 annually, or 2.2 par week. During the past four years, the total is higher and stands at 543 killed, an average of 136 annually or 2.6 par week.

DECEMBER 2015. SOMALIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is horrified and strongly condemns the attempted murder in Mogadishu of Omar Faruk Osman, Secretary general of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).  Omar Faruk is a supporter of the PEC since the launch of our ONG in 2004 and we frequently joined our efforts during the sessions of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. According to reports, Osman was entering 29 December the union’s office in the Taleh area in Mogadishu when his car was sprayed with bullets by gunmen and he only owed his life to the quick thinking of his body guards, one of them was wounded in the attack as well two pedestrians (photo nusoj/ifj: Omar Faruk speaking at the HRC session in Geneva) (read the PEC press release English and Arabic on PEC NEWS)

ONE MORE SYRIAN JOURNALIST KILLED IN TURKEY. The PEC condemns the murder of Syrian journalist and filmmaker Naji Jerf gunned down in Gaziantep, in Turkey near the Syrian border. Editor-in-chief of the monthy Hentah and the maker of documentary films on the group Islamic State, he was killed 27 December by unknown assaillants in front of a building that houses Syrian opposion news outlets in Gaziantep. The PEC calls on Turkish authorities to sep up measures to protect all Syrian journalists on Turkish soil.

Naji Jerf, 38, was shot with a silenced pistol in downtown Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, Turkish media reported. Mr Jerf was the film director for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a group of journalists who risk their lives daily to report on IS abuses. It is the second murder of a member of the group in December, after Ahmad Mohammed al-Mousa was killed in Idlib, in Syria. Mr Jerf directed two recent documentaries about the group - one about the killing of Syrian activists in Aleppo, the other about the work of RBSS. As well as his work with RBSS, Mr Jerf was editor-in-chief of Hentah, a Syrian magazine that reports on the "daily lives of Syrian citizens", according to the publication's website.

Annual report of the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC): No progress for the protection of journalists, 128 journalists killed in 2015 in 31 countries // Rapport annuel de la PEC: pas de progrès dans la protection des journalistes sur le terrain: 128 travailleurs des media tués en 2015 dans 31 pays // Informe Anual de la Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC): Ningún progreso en la protección de los periodistas en el terreno: 128 trabajadores de los medios fueron asesinados en el 2015

(press release on PEC NEWS English, French, Spanish and Arabic - see also our page Casualties)

Some 88 journalists were killed in Syria alone during the past five years. Pakistan follows Syria with 55 killed,  then Irak with 46 journalists killed and Mexico the same 46.
Somalia ranks 5th with 42 killed, then Brazil 36 and the Philippines 34.
Honduras comes next (26), then India (25) and Libya (20).
These ten countries account for two thirds of the total death toll since 2011 (415 of 643) (updated 31 December)

DECEMBER 2015. SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) mourns Al Jazeera cameraman Zakaria Ibrahim who died Monday 7 December six days after he was injured by shrapnel while covering a Syrian army bombardment in the province of Homs. Al Jazeera paid a heavy tribute to the war in Syria. A number of Al Jazeera journalists were killed in the line of duty: last September, Ahmad Abdel Karim Masalameh, an Al Jazeera reporter in Deraam, died while covering the fighting there. In December 2014, Al Jazeera's Mahran al-Dairi was killed while reporting on clashes between regime troops and rebels in Deraa. Mohammad Jalil al-Qasem was killed in Sepember 2014 in the suburbs of Idlib. On December 4, 2013, cameraman Yasser al-Jumaili was shot multiple times as he tried to leave Syria by road after finishing an assignment. In January 2013, Mohammad al-Hourani, an Al Jazeera correspondent in Deraa, was killed by a sniper in the suburb of Busra al-Harir.

NOVEMBER 2015. Speech delivered by PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen at a reception by the Association of correspondents to the United Nations in Geneva (26/11): "The war in Syria has cost the lives of many colleagues. It has been allowed to deteriorate and we harvest bitter fruits in Europe (...)  // "On a laissé pourrir la guerre en Syrie qui a coûté la vie à beaucoup de collègues. On en récolte aujourd'hui les fruits amers en Europe (...)  (read the full speech on PEC NEWS)

NOVEMBER 2015. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) warned that as the world marks the United Nations International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November at least 110 journalists were killed since the beginning of the year. Much more needs to be done.
Killings of journalists go unsolved and unpunished which has created a culture of impunity where critical voices are silenced and citizens are denied accurate information about the societies in which they live. Regrettably, the situation is not improving, on the contrary, especially in the Middle East.

(read the PEC statement English and Arabic on PEC NEWS)

- OCTOBER 2015: BURUNDI - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of a TV cameraman and his family in Bujumbura. At least seven people were killed in shootings and a grenade attack on Tuesday 13 October in Burundi's capital, police and residents said, in a further spate of violence following the election of President Pierre Nkurunziza to a third term. Residents of the Ngagara neighbourhood - a stronghold for opposition supporters - said two police officers and a television cameraman and his family were among the dead. Residents identified the cameraman as Christophe Nkezabahizi who worked with state-run RTNB radio and television station, who they said was shot dead along with his wife and two children.

- ISRAEL-PALESTINE - 39 attacks against journalists in 10 days. PEC concerned about excessive use of force, urges calm and restraint (read on PEC NEWS)

ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED IN SYRIA - Anadolu Agency photojournalist Saleh Mahmoud Laila (photo) was killed in a suicide car bomb attack in Syria on Thursday.The attack in the opposition-held town of Hraytan, north of Aleppo, was carried out by Daesh, local civil defense sources said.At least 20 people were killed, and dozens injured, when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded at a marketplace, they added.
Laila, 27, had survived an airstrike by regime forces last July in Aleppo's al-Zahraa neighborhood, suffering multiple burns.He was sent to Turkey for treatment and later returned to Aleppo to cover the conflict.
Laila's photos documenting the Syrian civil war have been published by major media outlets.

- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes new security information sharing, training, insurance and communications initiatives launched on Safety Principles - Sotloff Foundation and four U.S. television networks sign on (read on PEC NEWS)

- SEPTEMBER 2015. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 30th session. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign - PEC mira con profunda preocupación la situación de violencia contra profesionales de periodismo en América Latina (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS and an interview with Dario Cervantes, PEC Rep at the UN)

- EGYPT. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed following a presidential pardon. The journalists were facing a retrial on the charge of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood but has been pardoned among 100 prisoners by Egyptian president El Sisi - The PEC has repeatedly called for a presidential pardon for the release of the two journalists and thanks Egyptian president, even it is late - international solidarity paid (23/09)

- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 30th session. TWO STATEMENTS DELIVERED BY THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN:: interactive dialogue with of the Commission of inquiry on Syria: "the dimension of the conflict has changed, it is time to act" - item 4 situations that require the Council's attention: "more than 100 journalists killed from the outset of the year"(21/09) (read the PEC statements on PEC NEWS)


After Berlin (in May), Dresden (in June) and before Paris, the travelling exhibit "Anything to Say?" has stopped in Geneva during the Human Rights Council's 30th session. Bronze statues of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, standing on chairs and made by the artist Davide Dormino (left on the chair), were exposed on the Place des Nations from 14 to 18 September (photo pec)

PEC Press release English and French on PEC NEWS

"It is a monument to the courage of three people who said no to the establishment of a comprehensive monitoring and lies and have chosen to tell the truth," said the Italian artist Davide Dormino.

Assange, Manning and Snowden, "traitors" or heroes of our time? The public can respond by mounting a fourth chair intentionally left empty. "Art has the power to make things happen. The chair has a double meaning. It may be comfortable, but it can also be a pedestal to grow, to have a better perspective, to learn. All three of them mounted on a chair with courage at their own risk and peril ", said Davide Dormino.

- AZERBAIJAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply outraged by sentencing of journalist Khadija Ismayilova to 7.5 years in prison, handed down by an Azerbaijani court on 1 september. The harsh sentence is clearly politically motivated, given the lack of due process in the case and the absence of credible evidence presented by the prosecution.

- AUGUST 2015. EGYPT. Retrial and sentencing of Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed represent a setback for freedom of expression in Egypt. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) looks forward to the appeals process and reiterates its call for the release of the journalists. PEC reminds Egypt the adoption by the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly of many resolutions on the safety of journalists recommending to take active steps to promote a safe environment for journalists. Egyptian President Sisi must pardon Al Jazeera journalists to close the case.

- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is shocked: gunman murders two reporters in Virginia (United States) in an attack on Live TV - WDBJ says reporter Alison PArker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were both killed in the attack
A gunman killed the young reporter and photographer (photo) during a live television broadcast on Wednesday, according to officials and colleagues at the station. WDBJ7 correspondent Alison Parker is seen conducting an interview at around 6:45 a.m. at a shopping center in Moneta, Virginia. In chilling footage that has been posted online, several shots break out and screams are heard. The camera drops to the floor and the screams continue — before the broadcast cuts away to a confused and concerned-looking anchor (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

- The Press Emblem Campaign worried by two more killings in Africa: one more journalist killed in Mozambique, one in Mozambique (read on PEC NEWS)

- MEXICO. SIGN THE PETITION. Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa was found tortured and murdered August 2. Ruben is the 14th journalist killed in the southern state of Veracruz where governor Javier Duarte has made open threats against reporters. Almost none of these crimes have been solved. But this case has sent thousands into the streets and set off an explosion in the national and global media. Now Gael García Bernal, Salman Rushdie, Christiane Amanpour and hundreds of journalists, writers and artists have signed an open letter demanding justice for journalists in Mexico murdered for doing their jobs. The letter is already making waves with the government, but if we add over a million more names, and get it published on the front page of Mexican media, we can drive it home and show that people from every country in the world stand with the freedom of expression fight in Mexico. The PEC added its voice - sign the petition here: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/ruben_global_l/?kEBwteb

- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of Syrian human rights activist and journalist Mazen Darwish after spending more than three years in prison in Syria. Mazen Darwish received the PEC award in absentia in Geneva in June 2012.

Darwish is the director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), he was arrested in the Syrian capital, Damascus, in February 2012 with two colleagues. His colleagues were released last month as part of an amnesty.
Darwish is still facing trial and is due to attend a court hearing later this month. He was jailed for reporting on the government's crackdown on protesters in the early days of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
The PEC heartily congratulates his wife Yara Badr and his family members and calls on the Syrian regime to drop all remaining charges against Mazen Darwish.
Darwish has been awarded a number of international prizes: last April he won the UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Prize in recognition of the work that he has carried out in Syria “for more than 10 years at great personal sacrifice, enduring a travel ban, harassment as well as repeated detention and torture”. The PEC hopes that what appeared as a goodwill gesture by president al-Assad will be followed by other signs of openness to end an outrageous war and to find the way to peace (August 11)

JULY 2015. SYRIAThe Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) launches an appeal for the liberation of 4 Western journalists who disappeared since 2 weeks in Syria // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) lance un appel à la libération de quatre journalistes étrangers disparus depuis deux semaines en Syrie // La PEC pide que liberen a los 4 periodistas desaparecidos en Siria // حملة الشارة تطالب باطلاق سراح 4 صحفيين أجانب مختفيين (read full statement English, French, Spanish and Arabic and more info on PEC NEWS)

Jose Manuel Lopez, Angel Sastre, and Antonio Pampliega, are missing in Syria since July 13

IRAQ/SYRIA. THE PEC IS APPALLED BY THE CONTINUED DRAMATIC SITUATION FOR MEDIA: FOUR FOREIGN JOURNALISTS MISSING - TWO MORE JOURNALISTS KILLED IN MOSUL BY THE GROUP ISLAMIC STATE - TWO MEDIA ACTIVISTS working for  Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), one of the few remaining independent news sources in the province, killed according to a video of ISIS (see Casualties, read on PEC news)

READ OUR PEC biennial report: 7 percent increase in the number of journalists killed in 6 months // Rapport de la PEC : hausse de 7% du nombre de journalistes tués en six mois // Informe del PEC: aumenta un 7% en el número de periodistas asesinados en seis meses // تقرير حملة الشارة: 7 بالمائة زيادة فى مقتل الصحفيين من يناير ليونيو //Организация The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) зарегистрировала увеличение числа убитых журналистов в мире на 7 %. По данным PEC, с января по июнь в 24 странах был убит 71 журналист. При этом, Украина в списке занимает 7 место по количеству погибших сотрудников СМИ © Центр журналистских расследований

(Read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS, English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian, list of victims on our page CASUALTIES)

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has registered a 7 percent increase in the number of journalists killed from January to June in 24 countries, the number has gone up to 71 journalists killed. This increase is related to the intense fighting in Middle East.

Countries with the highest casualties are as follows: France 8, Libya 8, Iraq 6, South Sudan 6, Yemen 6, Mexico 4, Ukraine 4, Brazil 3, Honduras 3, Guatemala 3, the Philippines 3, Colombia 2, India 2, Pakistan 2, Syria 2. One journalist was killed in each of the following countries: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Gaza, Indonesia, Kenya, Paraguay, Poland, and Somalia


- JUNE 2015. GAZA: Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) at the HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 29th session - on the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Gaza: the PEC urges both sides to carry out swift, credible and independent investigations (full statement on PEC NEWS)

The Press Emblem Campaign expresses at the Human Rights Council its disappointement that on 12 June, an Israeli military tribunal has closed the case involving the killing by Israeli shelling of four children in Gaza in July 2014 without any further legal proceedings – criminal or disciplinary – to be taken against those involved in the incident. Journalists were direct witnesses of the attack on a beach in Gaza City on 16 July 2014. Four young Palestinian boys were killed (Credit Tyler Hicks, The New York Times).

- MAROC: la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) soutient le combat du journaliste marocain Ali Lmrabet et demande aux autorités marocaines de régulariser sa situation

Ali Lmrabet (photo) a commencé le 24 juin une grève de la faim devant le siège de l'ONU à Genève parce que le Maroc refuse de lui renouveler ses papiers. "Je suis un journaliste indépendant et c'est ce qui dérange", a-t-il expliqué. Le journaliste a l'intention de relancer ses journaux satiriques au Maroc, mais ne peut le faire sans certificat de résidence. NOUVEAU: Ali Lmrabet a cessé sa grève de la faim le 28 juillet après avoir reçu des assurances du ministère marocain de l'Intérieur qu'il pourra renouveler son passeport et obtenir un certificat de résidence dans son pays. La PEC est soulagée et félicite Ali Lmrabet pour sa ténacité (pec)

- YEMEN. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) at the HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 29th session: The PEC is very concerned that the space for free journalism is decreasing because of tensions in the whole region (read the full PEC statement on PEC NEWS, english and arabic) 

- SYRIA. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) at the HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 29th session: Fewer journalists are covering the war - The Commission of Inquiry reports are more necessary than ever to prevent victims are forgotten. PEC hopes that impunity will not prevail and that a tribunal will in the near future judge all those responsible for crimes and atrocities committed (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

"The continuing war represents a profound failure of diplomacy (...) While upholding the need for a political solution, some States have deepened their military involvment, accentuating the internationalisation of the conflict", said in his statement, the chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic Paulo Sergio Pinheiro (here with Carla del Ponte, member of the COI). "The absence of decisive action by the community of States, as a whole, has nourished a now deeply entrenched culture of impunity", stressed the chair.

- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 29th session: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the first report of the new UN Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye, calls for an independent expert on freedom of the press (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

- AZERBAIJAN: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of journalist Emin Huseynov who had been sheltering for 10 months at the Swiss Embassy in Baku, deplores that seven journalists remain behind the bars (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

Switzerland has flown out of Azerbaijan the opposition journalist Emin Huseynov (photo) who had been sheltering for 10 months at its embassy in Baku, a day after the inaugural European Games opened in the tightly-controlled country. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the arrival in Switzerland of the opposition journalist and congratulates the swiss diplomats for their successful efforts, but deplores that seven other journalists remain behind the bars on the basis of fabricated charges.

- UKRAINE - The PEC AWARD 2015 honors the fallen journalists in Ukraine - Le prix PEC 2015 honore les journalistes tués en Ukraine (PEC statement on PEC NEWS English, French, Ukrainian and Russian - click left on our special page PEC AWARD for speeches, photos and more)

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic (photo) was the guest speaker at the PEC event June 4 in Geneva attended by more than 40 diplomats, journalists, NGOs representatives. "The media freedom situation in Ukraine is very complex. The main media freedom issue in this conflict is journalists'safety; journalists are being threatened, intimidated and attacked just for doing their job", stressed Ms Mijatovic.

"False and misleading information must be countered and fought with truthful and factual information, that must be the basis encountering and addressing propaganda", she added. Ms Mijatovic called to fight propaganda and incitment to hostility or violence.

At the Swiss Press Club during the award ceremony on Thursday 4 June, from left to right: PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen, OSCE Representative for freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic, Liudmyla Zlobina, Executive Director Information Press Center in Kiev, and the Mayor of Geneva, Esther Alder (photo pec) // de gauche à droite pendant la cérémonie au Club suisse de la presse jeudi 4 juin: le secrétaire général de la PEC Blaise Lempen, la représentante de l'OSCE pour la liberté des médias Dunja Mijatovic, la directrice de l'Information Press Center à Kiev Liudmyla Zlobina et la maire de Genève, Esther Alder (photo pec)

- UNITED NATIONS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2222 on the protection of journalists in conflict situations by the UN Security Council (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS, text of the resolution on DOCUMENTS)

- YEMEN: PEC calls for an enquiry on the killing of two more journalists - kidnapped by Houthis and bombed by the coalition (read on OTHER NEWS)

- BRAZIL: The Press Emblem Campaign shocked. Brazilian reporter Evany José Metzker investigating drug-dealing and child prostitution case found decapitated (read reports on OTHER NEWS)

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) demanded that the crime be investigated rigorously and quickly. Violence against professional journalists is growing all over Brazil. The investigative reporter Evany Jose Metzker (photo) was found decapitated in the town of Padre Paraiso, in Minas Gerais state, authorities said May 19. Metzker, 67, wrote an investigative reporting blog called Coruja do Vale, which published news of crime and corruption, along with critical articles about politicians in the Valle del Jequitinhonha region, a poor rural area of northeast Minas Gerais.

- SYRIA: PEC deeply concerned by the enforced disappearance of Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zaitani and Hussain Ghrer, respectively President and members of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), who are arbitrarily detained since February 2012, and have been unaccounted for since May 3, 2015 - Mazen Darwish was awarded the PEC Prize in June 2012 and on May 3, 2015 the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize (read on OTHER NEWS)

- PEC welcomes the JOINT DECLARATION ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND RESPONSES TO CONFLICT SITUATIONS adopted by the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media, the Organization of American States (OAS) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (read on OTHER NEWS)

- World Press Freedom Day 2015 - PEC alarmed: the safety of journalists in many countries has deteriorated // Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2015 - La PEC alarmée : détérioration des conditions de la sécurité des journalistes dans plusieurs pays // Día mundial de la libertad de prensa 2015 - La PEC alarmada: deterioro de las condiciones de seguridad de los periodistas en numerosos países (read the PEC statement English, French, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS)

Since the beginning of the year, in 4 months, 53 journalists were killed in 20 countries against 41 during the same period last year, an increase of 29% - more than 3 journalists killed a week, a very worrying trend, according to the PEC figures.

- LIBYA: PEC is deeply shocked by the discovery of the bodies of four libyan journalists and one egyptian photographer - Libya has become the most dangerous country this year (read on PEC NEWS)

- YEMEN: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns an air strike targeting the TV station Yemen Today in Sana'a which killed one journalist and three staff members (read reports on OTHER NEWS) 

- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes UNESCO’s Executive Board meeting clear message: Improving the safety for all journalists (read the UNESCO statement on OTHER NEWS)

- UKRAINE: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the murder of prominent Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzina shot dead in Kiev (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

The PEC stressed that whatever the motivations are journalists must be spared from being targeted because of political rivalries.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered "a quick and transparent" investigation into the murders of a pro-Russian journalist Oles Buzina (photo) and an ex-lawmaker loyal to ousted President Viktor Yanukovich. "Their nature and political import are clear - this is a deliberate act, which plays into the hands of our enemies," his press service quoted him as saying in an online statement.

- YEMEN: Norwegian journalist missing after arrest - PEC calls for his immediate release (read on OTHER NEWS)

- The press Emblem Campaign (PEC) denounces the cyberattack on TV5 Monde that paralyzed its network, as a new and very worrying form of attacks by terrorists groups against the freedom of the press - still many questions (read reports on OTHER NEWS)

- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) congratulates heartily Christian Campiche for his election as president of Impressum, the Swiss Syndicate of Journalists. Christian is a member of the PEC board since many years // La Presse Emblème  Campagne (PEC) félicite chaleureusement Christian Campiche pour son élection comme président d’Impressum, le syndicat des journalistes suisses. Christian est membre du comité directeur de la PEC depuis plusieurs années (read on PEC NEWS)

It is a great day for the PEC when one of its executive committee members and a very dedicated member becomes president of IMPRESSUM which assembles 6000 Swiss journalists. PEC president Hedayat Abdel Nabi noted that being elected president of IMPRESSUM is well deserved for Christian Campiche (photo). PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen stressed that IMPRESSUM has supported the PEC since the Geneva based NGO was created in 2004. The PEC wishes him a great tenure as president.

- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins the PRESS UNCUFFED Campaign to free 221 imprisoned journalists

#PressUncuffed is a campaign started by University of Maryland journalism students to raise money to free imprisoned journalists by selling bracelets bearing their names - JOIN THE CAMPAIGN (read the press release on OTHER NEWS)

- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 28th session: statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign on item 8: The PEC is deeply concerned that some States have done nothing to implement the resolution on safety of journalists (A/HRC/27/L7) adopted last September (read the statement on PEC NEWS)

- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 28th session: statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign on item 7: Last year was the worst and the deadliest year in the history of Palestine media (read the statement on PEC NEWS)

On the occasion of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) urged Member States to act to protect media workers. The PEC has delivered four oral statements: on the situation of journalists in Syria and in Palestine, on "Charlie Hebdo" and other terrorists attacks and on other situations that requires the Council's attention (read the PEC statements on PEC NEWS)

- "La démocratie à l’ère numérique": Surveillance numérique, respect des libertés, droit à l’oubli sur Google, révolutions Facebook, affaire Snowden, autant de sujets abordés par le secrétaire général de la PEC Blaise Lempen dans Le Grand Entretien diffusé par la Radio suisse. Ecouter l’interview: http://urlz.fr/1Ka1

- YEMEN: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing of top Yemeni Journalist Abdul Kareem Al-Khaiwani in Sanaa (read the story on OTHER NEWS)

One of Yemen's top journalists and activists close to the country's dominant Houthi militia, Abdul Kareem al-Khaiwani, has been killed, the group's official television channel al-Maseerah said. The son al-Khewani, who is also a respected writer, said a pair of armed men riding on a motorbike opened fire and gunned down his father as he came out of his home on Wednesday morning.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though Sunni Muslim al Qaeda militants have claimed several previous attacks on the Shi'ite Houthis, whom it regards as heretics. Khaiwani's editorials were once the scourge of Yemen's veteran autocrat, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 28th session - PEC statement delivered on situations that require the Council's attention - PEC requires the Human Rights Council to send a very strong message to all criminals that there would be no impunity for perpetrators of crimes against the freedom of expression (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

- SYRIA'S CONFLICT enters its fifth year - PEC statement at the Human Rights Council on the report of the International commission of inquiry on Syria: "not to publish names at this juncture of the investigation would be to reinforce the impunity" (read on PEC NEWS)

- PALESTINE: MADA report: 2014 the worst, the deadliest, and the hardest year in the history of Palestinian Media (for the MADA report, go to OTHER NEWS)

- GUATEMALA: PEC condemns the murder of two journalists - PEC y Cerigua consternados: dos periodistas asesinados en Mazatenango (read on PEC NEWS)

- DEBAT SUR LA CYBERSURVEILLANCE avec Edward Snowden: Snowden aimerait bien revenir en Suisse // DEBATE ON CYBERSURVEILLANCE with Edward Snowden: Snowden would like to return to Switzerland as a political refugee - see:


participez au débat sur la cybersurveillance sur: www.altermondes.org:


Le film Citizenfour a été présenté dans le cadre du Festival international du film et forum sur les droits humains (FIFDH) à Genève. Sous le pseudonyme de Citizenfour se cache un jeune homme qui aura 30 ans dans quelques jours, dont le nom et le visage sont encore inconnus. C'est Edward Snowden que rencontrent, en juin 2013, dans une chambre d'hôtel, à Hongkong, la réalisatrice et le journaliste Glenn Greenwald, accompagnés parfois par un autre journaliste spécialiste du renseignement, le Britannique Ewen MacAskill. Leurs conversations durent huit jours et portent sur le processus à adopter pour révéler dans les meilleures conditions souhaitables ce que Snowden a découvert, à savoir que l'agence NSA espionne les citoyens du monde entier...Interrogé par Darius Rochebin, de la TSR, après la présentation du film, Snowden avoue que son exil en Russie lui pèse: voir la vidéo

- EGYPT - an unprecedented legal limbo: Mohamed Fahmy retrial delayed until March 19 after witnesses fail to show (read on OTHER NEWS)

- COLOMBIA: second journalist murdered in less than three weeks - segundo asesinato de periodista colombiano en 2015 (read on OTHER NEWS)

- UKRAINE: ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED on the eve of the session of the Human Rights Council - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply saddened by the death of Sergii Nikolaiev, senior photographer of Segodnya daily Ukrainian newspaper. Since the start of the year, in two months, 29 journalists have been killed while only doing their job (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

Sergii Nikolaiev (photo) died of wounds he received on Feb. 28 in eastern Ukraine, according to news reports. The tragedy occurred in the village of Pisky located just 1.5 kilometers from Donetsk airport, which is now controlled by separatists. Several of his colleagues on the scene reported that Nikolaiev was wounded by explosion of the mine, while Segodnya newspaper reported that he was wounded by shells. Nikolaiev, 43, has worked in numerous conflict zones, including wars in Georgia, Libya, Syria, and Somalia. He has become the tenth journalist killed since the beginning of 2014 in Ukraine, the seventh directly caused by the war (five Russians, one Italian, one Ukrainian).

- UNITED STATES: UN rights expert hails US move to keep Internet open (read on OTHER NEWS)

- PAKISTAN: slow progress in the fight against impunity in Balochistan (see our page NO IMPUNITY) - An official autopsy report on the death of Reuters journalist Maria Golovnina has concluded that she died of asphyxiation, the cause of which "at this stage cannot be established." Golovnina, 34, the Reuters bureau chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was declared dead in an Islamabad hospital on February 23 after she collapsed in the Reuters news bureau. Pakistan authorities are conducting a further toxicology report, which is expected to take about a month. PEC will follow-up and expects the authorities to conduct a full and transparent investigation

- UKRAINE - RUSSIA: one year after the Euromaidan revolution in Kiev, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) concerned: the space for free journalism is steadily decreasing - PEC condemns all obstacles to reporting on the conflict and calls on all parties to respect the freedom of information for all journalists

Read: Russian journalists go abroad to report free of Kremlin control http://flip.it/aNLKi

and: Kommersant article on Russian troops fighting in Debaltseve:  http://www.unian.info/war/1046898-kommersant-article-on-russian-troops-fighting-in-debaltseve-full-text-in-english.html …

and: Russian media outlets working in Ukraine’s state bodies stripped of accreditation http://tass.ru/en/world/777136


OSCE Denounces 'Continued Intimidation' Of Media NGOs In Russia: http://www.osce.org/fom/142391


- SYRIA: Swedish Journalist Released From Captivity in Syria - Swedish tabloid Expressen says Swedish journalist Joakim Medin has been released from a weeklong captivity in Syria. Medin, 30, said in an interview with the paper Sunday 22 February that he and his interpreter were captured by Syrian government forces while working in the Kurdish parts of the country. Medin, who works as a freelancer for Swedish media, was released late Saturday after spending a week in an isolation cell. Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ulla Jacobson confirmed that Medin has been released.

- A Call for Global Safety Principles and Practices: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) endorses safety principles and practices for international news organizations and the freelancers who work with them in a conflict zone or any dangerous environment (read the principles on OTHER NEWS)

- Débat sur la Démocratie à l'ère numérique avec Blaise Lempen, Hasni Abidi et Luisa Ballin

voir la vidéo sur YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHX_2BqVhHk

- SYRIA: Free Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Gharir held three years - PEC supports the call (read on OTHER NEWS)

- EGYPT: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC)  welcomes a court decision in Egypt that has ordered the release on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

Mohamed Fahmy, here with his fiancee, Marwa Omara, in Cairo on Saturday, tells the Star that his ordeal with the Egyptian justice system is far from over. The 40-year-old Canadian journalist was let out on bail Friday 13 February after spending 411 days behind bars along with his Al Jazeera  colleagues, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed. Mohamed Fahmi is still very cautious

Read his interviews on: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/02/14/mohamed-fahmy-still-living-in-this-nightmare.html

and: http://news.sky.com/story/1427717/al-jazeera-trio-used-as-pawns-says-journalist

http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2014-2015/the-mohamed-fahmy-story-400-days …

- AZERBAIJAN: The Swiss embassy in Baku has been secretly sheltering Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Emin Huseynov for the past six months, a Swiss national television report has revealed on Wednesday 11 February - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) urges Azerbaijan to grant Huseynov safe passage out of the country (read on PEC NEWS)

Since August 2014, the human rights defender and journalist Emin Huseynov of Azerbaijan has been forced into hiding at the Swiss embassy in Baku. As chairman of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), a local NGO, Huseynov is one of many victims of an intense government crackdown on free speech and civil society that has taken place in Azerbaijan over the past year 

- SYRIA: Japan confiscates journalist's passport to stop him going to Syria - What is the most important, the right to information of the public or the  journalists' safety? The passport seizure has brought sharp criticism from journalists and free-speech advocates. The PEC questions the legitimacy of the decision (read on PEC NEWS)

- LIBYA: JOURNALISTS UNDER ATTACK - report released by Human Rights Watch (read on OTHER NEWS)

- SYRIA: REMEMBER AMERICAN JOURNALIST AUSTIN TICE MISSING SINCE AUGUST 2012 - Parents of missing journalist push for new hostage policy - see the video: http://goo.gl/wbCeTS

- BURUNDI: PEC is concerned about the arrest and detention of Burundian journalist Bob Rugurika (read the OHCHR statement on Other News) 

- EGYPT: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes Peter Greste's release, a move in the right direction, and demands the release of his colleagues Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy (PEC press release on PEC NEWS, more info on OTHER NEWS)

Australian journalist Peter Greste (here on his arrival in Cyprus) has been deported and is free after 400 days in detention in Egypt. Greste was arrested in December 2013 with his colleagues Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (Canada) and Baher Mohamed (Egypt). Accused of collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013, the three men said they were simply reporting the news.

- SYRIA: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is horrified at the beheading announced by ISIS of Japanese journalist Kenji GOTO, a heinous crime strongly condemned by the PEC - 23 journalists killed in one month, an unprecedented record for January (read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS)

"Kenji Goto reported the plight of people in conflict areas like Iraq, Somalia and Syria.
 It was his passion to highlight the effects on ordinary people, especially through the eyes of children, and to inform the rest of us of the tragedies of war", his wife Rinko - Sunday, 01 February 2015.

- SOUTH SUDAN: FIVE JOURNALISTS KILLED IN AN AMBUSH IN BAHR AL GHAZAL STATE - PEC condemns the attack and urges the authorities to identify the perpetrators - 21 journalists killed since the start of the year, an unprecedented record for January (see casualties)

- SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply concerned by a video released by the Islamic State militant group, showing surviving Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto, in handcuffs and dressed in orange, holding a photo of what appears to be beheaded compatriot Haruna Yukawa. PEC firmly condemns an outrageous act of banditry and calls for the immediate release of the Japanese hostage (read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS)

Kenji Goto (photo), 47, is an experienced freelance journalist covering the conflict in Iraq and Syria. Goto was kidnapped in Syria in October 2014 and had been a journalist for years, contributing to NHK and other Japanese news organizations.

- MEXICO: PEC worried - Mexican journalist remains missing after three weeks - no investigation from authorities in Veracruz - sadly the body of the reporter Moises Sanchez Cerezo, 49, was found January 24 hidden in a black bag in the small town of Manlio Fabio Altamirano (updated - read on OTHER NEWS) 

- ETHIOPIA: Media Being Decimated // Ethiopie : Un paysage médiatique peu à peu décimé (read the Report of Human Rights Watch on OTHER NEWS)

- Entretien exclusif avec Laurence Deonna, journaliste, écrivaine: « Pour être publiés, le reporter et le photographe doivent aller au plus près du drame au risque de leur vie » - Propos recueillis par Luisa Ballin pour la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) - lire l'entretien sur PEC NEWS

Exclusive Interview with Laurence Deonna, journalist, writer, "To be published, the reporter and the photographer must move closer to the drama at the risk of their lives" - Interview by Luisa Ballin for the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) (read the interview translated in English on PEC NEWS)

Journaliste, photographe, grand reporter et écrivaine voyageuse, lauréate du Prix Unesco pour l’éducation à la paix en 1987, la Genevoise Laurence Deonna vient de publier son dernier livre intitulé « Mémoires ébouriffées » (Editions de l’Aire/Ginkgo). Cette fine connaisseuse du Moyen-Orient a accordé un entretien exclusif à la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC). Elle nous parle du métier de reporter de guerre devenu beaucoup plus dangereux

- Je suis Charlie. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) n’est pas d’accord avec la nouvelle publication de " Charlie Hebdo " // The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) does not agree with the new publication of "Charlie Hebdo" // La organización internacional de periodistas Campana Emblema de Prensa (PEC) no está de acuerdo con la nueva publicación de "Charlie Hebdo"(read the PEC press release French, English, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS)

- Je suis Charlie: over one million people for the defense of freedom of expression and against terrorism Sunday in Paris, four million people throughout France 

Some 1.5 million people, including over 50 world leaders, thronged central Paris Sunday afternoon in a massive and historic show of support against terrorism  (read on OTHER NEWS a press release of the French syndicates of journalists)

- Je suis Charlie: commemoration at the United Nations in Geneva for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack - Participants and PEC members observed one minute of silence Friday 9 January

Over one hundred journalists and UN spokepersons attended the commemoration at the United Nations in Geneva to pay homage to the victims of the attack in Paris, with the DG of the UN in Geneva Michael Moller, the High Commissionner, the Permanent Representative of France Nicolas Niemtchinow, the president of the UN Association of Journalists in Geneva and a Representative of Cartooning for Peace

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said: "We do not need retaliation. Neither Islam nor multiculturalism in Europe is to blame for the bloody attack two mornings ago, as some right-wing political leaders have already begun to say". He added: "The right to the freedom of expression has always been considered as that human right which best answers to the wickedness brought on by tyranny and racism (...) That right, the freedom of expression, must therefore be argued for vigorously, most especially by this organization: by us".

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) took part in the special event to pay homage to the victims of the attack in Paris and to reaffirm the importance of freedom of the press. Here on the photo Tamer Aboalenin, member of the PEC board, during the minute of silence with many journalists accredited at the United Nations in Geneva (more on PEC NEWS)

- LIBYA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the execution by the Libyan branch of the Islamic State jihadist group of two Tunisian journalists who went missing in September, Sofiene Chourabi and Nadhir Ktari - the news is not yet confirmed // LIBYE. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) condamne l'exécution revendiquée par la branche libyenne de l'Etat islamique de deux journalistes tunisiens Sofiène Chourabi et Nadhir Guetari enlevés depuis le 8 septembre en Libye - L'authenticité des images n'a pas pu être vérifiée de source indépendante à ce stade

- FRANCE. Attaque contre le journal Charlie Hebdo à Paris : la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) horrifiée s’interroge sur les raisons d’un acte révoltant et appelle à un apaisement des conflits au Moyen-Orient // The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), horrified, can only wonder what is behind the attack and calls for a peaceful solution to the conflicts in the Middle East // La PEC horrorizada se interroga sobre las razones de tan repugnante acto y exhorta al apaciguamiento de los conflictos en el Medio Oriente

(read the press release French, English, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS)

Les dessinateurs Cabu, Tignous, Charb et Wolinski ont été victimes de la tuerie perpétrée mercredi 7 janvier dans les locaux du journal français "Charlie Hebdo" à Paris.

- JANUARY 2015. PEC annual report – updated : 138 journalists killed in 32 countries in 2014 - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has updated its annual report 2014, published December 15 (128 journalists killed at that time). At the end of the year, at least 138 journalists have been killed in 32 countries. 2014 was the deadliest year after 2012 over ten years (read more on PEC NEWS, English and Arabic, go to CASUALTIES for the full list of victims)

Most dangerous countries in 2014: Syria (19 killed), Gaza (16), Pakistan (12), Iraq (10), Ukraine (9), Mexico (8), Afghanistan (7), Honduras (6), Somalia (5), Brazil (5), Central African Republic (4), Cambodia (3), Guinea (3), Paraguay (3), and Philippines (3).

Middle East is on the top of the list, with 52 journalists killed, followed by Asia with 32, Latin America with 29, Sub-Saharan Africa with 15 and Europe 10.

- MAURITANIE: soutenons Mohamed Cheikh journaliste mauritanien condamné à mort - Signez la lettre ouverte au président mauritanien, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, également président en exercice de l'Union Africaine // MAURITANIA: sign the petition to release the journalist Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed convicted of apostasy (lire sur OTHER NEWS)


- EGYPT: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins the calls to release the Al Jazeera staff held for one year in Egypt. They are not criminals, only journalists. December 29 marks one year since Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste were arrested in Cairo under false charges of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news. In June, Greste, an Australian, and Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian, received seven-year jail terms, while Mohamed, an Egyptian, was sentenced to 10 years. After the Court orders the retrial of the journalists January 1rst, the PEC still hopes that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will issue a presidential pardon to end this ordeal that tarnishes the image of Egypt.

- 15 DECEMBER 2014. PEC annual report - 2014 a terrible year for the journalists: 128 journalists killed in 32 countries // Rapport annuel de la PEC - 2014 une année terrible pour les journalistes: 128 journalistes tués dans 32 pays // Informe anual de la PEC - El año que finaliza ha sido terrible para los periodistas: 128 periodistas asesinados en 32 países  

(read the PEC summary English, French, Spanish and Arabic, go to CASUALTIES for more) 

watch the video - entretien diffusé dans le journal 64' de TV5 Monde: http://youtu.be/kMlcZEIalt0

- Halte à l’hécatombe des correspondants de guerre - lisez l'entretien du secrétaire général de la PEC Blaise Lempen publiée lundi 15 décembre dans le quotidien suisse "Le Temps" (allez sur PEC NEWS)

- SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) appalled - FOUR JOURNALISTS KILLED IN TWO DAYS - 13 in Syria since the beginning of this year (read on OTHER NEWS)

- YEMEN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) shocked - freelance american photojournalist Luke Somers has been killed during a rescue attempt in Yemen - Luke Somers was abducted in September 2013 in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, by al-Qaeda (more on OTHER NEWS)

Luke Somers appears in a propaganda video released by al-Malahem Media. The authorities in Sanaa had received information that the hostage was due to be killed by al-Qaeda on Saturday morning 6 December, prompting the rescue attempt. Chuck Hagel, the US defence secretary, later confirmed his death.

- SOMALIA. TWO MORE JOURNALISTS KILLED. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is saddened to learn the murder of two journalists, while three others were wounded in a suicide car bombing attack in the town of Baidoa (read on OTHER NEWS)

- GAZA: threats of the so-called “ISIS-Gaza” against journalists and artists - a very worrying phenomenon (read on OTHER NEWS)

- NOVEMBER 2014. UKRAINE. PEC condemns the killing of Oleksandr Kuchynsky and his wife in Donetsk Oblast. He is the ninth journalist killed in Ukraine this year, the 120th worldwide. Kuchynsky, 57, was a chief editor of Criminal Express, a newspaper in Donetsk covering the crime news (see casualties)

- UNITED NATIONS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes a new resolution adopted by consensus at the third committee in New York which aims at enhancing the safety of journalists, but more needs to be done – five years after the Ampatuan Massacre, no one has been convicted. The PEC calls on the UN to create a new international mechanism to follow-up the enquiries and bring those responsible to justice // حملة الشارة الدولية ترحب پقرار اللجنة الثالثة لحماية و سلامة الصحفيين 
 (read the PEC statement English and Arabic on PEC NEWS)

- PEC took part in a meeting in Strasbourg organized by UNESCO: Legal experts discussed frameworks to tackle impunity - and attended the 3rd UN Inter-Agency Meeting on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity (read on PEC NEWS)

- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. REVIEW OF EGYPT (UPR). IPI and PEC sent a letter to Ambassadors to call attention to the dare situation journalists are facing in Egypt (read the letter on PEC NEWS)

- INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY. Symposium on safety of journalists - the reality of violations and the efforts for protection - Doha (Qatar) - read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS

The Press Emblem Campaign calls upon all governments to take steps to prevent attacks on journalists and to hold accountable those who commit them (speaking at the Doha Symposium, right, the PEC Representative Gianfranco Fattorini)

- INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY for CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS. ONE YEAR AFTER THE MURDER OF TWO FRENCH JOURNALISTS OF RFI IN MALI - PEC welcomes a new campaign launched by RSF: www.fightimpunity.org. ACT NOW (read more news and statements on our pages OTHER NEWS and NO IMPUNITY)

- OCTOBER 2014. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly protests against the targeting by israeli soldiers of an AP reporter and a Swiss photograph in the West Bank, demands that the israeli authorities apologize - la PEC proteste énergiquement contre les tirs effectués par des soldats israéliens contre un reporter d'AP et un photographe suisse indépendant en Cisjordanie et demande que les autorités israéliennes s'excusent (lire les infos sur OTHER NEWS)

- EBOLA. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN RELIEVED. American cameraman Ashoka Mukpo declared Ebola-free after treatment(read on OTHER NEWS)


La « révolution numérique » est-elle un progrès de la démocratie, des libertés individuelles, un nouvel avenir radieux ou au contraire l’avènement du règne de la surveillance et de la désinformation généralisées ? Atteintes aux libertés, conflits socio-culturels, ingouvernabilité, le livre de Blaise Lempen aide à y voir clair - à commander sur: www.georg.ch (dessin: Chappatte)

- IRAQ - Islamic State publicly executes Iraqi journalist in northern Iraq - Islamic State fighters have publicly executed an Iraqi journalist Raad Mohamed Al-Azaoui, Al Jazeera reported on Saturday Oct 11. It follows the executions of two Western journalists. Raad Mohamed Al-Azaoui, a cameraman for Sama Salah Aldeen TV, was abducted by Islamic State fighters on September 7 when he was working in Samara, in the northern province of Saladin. The group later issued threats to behead Al-Azaoui after he refused to work for the Islamic State. This new execution highlights the mounting dangers journalists face while working in the region. The terrorist organization eliminate all those who refuse to swear allegiance to ISIS, warned the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) (see casualties)

- ALERT. EBOLA IN WEST AFRICA. NEW RISKS FOR JOURNALISTS. American Journalist With Ebola, NBC Team Brought Back to U.S. (read media reports and latest news of the NBC cameraman on OTHER NEWS)

Ashoka Mukpo (photo), a freelance journalist from Providence, Rhode Island, was working as a cameraman for NBC News when he fell ill last Wednesday. The American photojournalist who became infected with Ebola left disease-ravaged Liberia on Sunday night. Mukpo was being flown back to the U.S. to the Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center  Monday October 6
(media reports)

- SEPTEMBER 2014. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) salutes the adoption of a new resolution on the safety of journalists by the Human Rights Council, marking progress by UN Member States (read the PEC statement English and Arabic on PEC NEWS) 

- WORKSHOP ON SWITZERLAND AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS // CONFERENCE ORGANISEE SUR LA SUISSE ET LA LIBERTE DE LA PRESSE (lire la contribution de la PEC et la résolution adoptée par les organisateurs sur PEC NEWS)

Les 3e Assises du Journalisme, organisées par Impressum, Amnesty, la PEC, RSF et l'Université de Fribourg ont réuni à Lausanne le 24 septembre plus de 200 journalistes, éditeurs, rédacteurs en chef, étudiants, membres d'ONG pour discuter de la liberté de la presse, de la Convention européenne des droits de l'homme, de la protection des journalistes en zone de guerre et de la cybersurveillance lors de quatre ateliers (photo PM).

- GAZA. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. The Press Emblem Campaign calls on the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories to investigate on the violation of the fundamental freedoms and rights of journalists, and on the members of the Independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate on the aforementioned crimes against media outlet and media workers and identify the responsible (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

- THREE JOURNALISTS KILLED IN GUINEA IN COLD BLOOD. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is alarmed by reports that eight members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola, among them three local journalists, have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea. This brings the total of casualties among media workers this year to more than 100 (see casualties) 

- SYRIA. PEC SHOCKED BY ONE MORE VIDEO. The Islamic State militant group released a video September 18 that shows John Cantlie, a British freelance journalist kidnapped in Syria in 2012. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply concerned for the safety of John Cantlie and urges Islamic State militants to free John Cantlie and all other remaining hostages. In the past month, the ISIS has published three other videos showing the beheading of civilians, including U.S. freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

The so-called Islamic State has released a haunting video that shows John Cantlie (photo) pledging to expose the "truth behind the Islamic State". The PEC strongly condemns such statements under duress ot the former british reporter for The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph.

- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) delivered two statements on the report of the commission of inquiry on Syria and on Human rights situations that require the Council's attention (read the statements on PEC NEWS)

- EGYPT. Keep up the pressure on Egypt to free the Al Jazeera’s imprisoned journalists Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, sentenced to seven years last June and detained since 251 days. Invited by the Swiss Press Club, Mostefa Souag, Al Jazeera Media Network’s director general, was in Geneva Friday 5 September. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC)  joigned the campaign to free all the journalists in Egypt  (read the PEC statement at the Swiss Press Club on PEC NEWS).

Mostefa Souag (left) was invited by the director of the Swiss Press Club in Geneva Guy Mettan (right). The Al Jazeera Media Network's director general said that the verdict was political. Al Jazeera reporters have gotten attention, but Egyptian journalists have far more difficulties. According to Souag, 60 journalists are detained in Egypt.

- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 27th session. TWO WRITTEN STATEMENTS submitted by the Press Emblem Campaign: 90 journalists killed so far in 2014: a new step is required by the UN in order to combat impunity // GAZA: 15 journalists and media workers killed during operation “Protective Edge”: the responsible have to be held accountable (read the PEC statements on PEC NEWS)

- SYRIA. Free Mazen Darwish and his colleagues (read on OTHER NEWS)

- SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns with force the slaughtering of American journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIS, urges the Human Rights Council to act (PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

A disguised militant from the Islamic State, or ISIS, said the execution of an American journalist purportedly shown in a new video was the result of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House said Wednesday Sept 3 the video showing the killing of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff is authentic. Mr. Sotloff, 31 years old, was abducted near the Turkish border in Syria in August 2013. Few knew about his capture until the release on Aug. 19 of another video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

- UKRAINE. ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED IN EASTERN UKRAINE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls for a thorough and independent investigation on the death of Russian journalist Andrey Stenin (PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

Russian journalist Andrey Stenin (photo) has been confirmed dead Sept 3. He was in a vehicle, traveling in a convoy containing escaping civilians when it came under heavy fire. Stenin, 33, a photojournalist contributing to several news agencies including  Rossiya Segodnya (RIA Novosti) and ITAR-TASS, had been covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine before all contact with him was lost on August 5.

- IRAQ. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. SPECIAL SESSION ON THE SITUATION IN IRAQ - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses its deepest concern about the security conditions and the protection of journalists working in Iraq - The PEC calls upon the Human Rights Council to firmly condemn and to investigate all crimes committed against journalists by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

- UNITED NATIONS. PEC welcomes a statement from four international freedom of expression rapporteurs urging stronger protection of journalists covering conflicts (read the UN statement on OTHER NEWS)

- AUGUST 2014. PAKISTAN. A black-week in Pakistan’s media history - two journalists and three media workers killed (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

- SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held captive by militants in Syria since October 2012 (read on OTHER NEWS)


Foley, 40 (photo), vanished in Syria in November 2012 while covering the Syrian civil war for GlobalPost. The car he was riding in was stopped by four militants in a contested battle zone that both Sunni rebel fighters and government forces were trying to control. He had not been heard from since. At the end of the video posted August 19 by the Islamic State, a militant shows a second man, who was identified as another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he could be next captive killed. Sotloff was kidnapped near the Syrian-Turkish border in August 2013 and freelanced for Time, the National Interest and MediaLine.

- MALDIVES. PEC is concerned about the disappearance of Ahmad Rilwan Abdullah, a journalist with Minivan News - 15 journalists have reported receiving death threats in the Maldives (see OTHER NEWS)

- GAZA. PEC deeply saddened to hear of the death of two journalists of Associated Press and Agence France-Presse killed while photographing attempts to dismantle an unexploded Israeli bomb - the media death toll reaches 15 following the israeli operation Protective Edge (more on OTHER NEWS)

This photo taken in August, 2014 shows italian Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli on a balcony overlooking smoke from Israeli Strikes in Gaza City. Camilli, 35, was killed in an ordnance explosion in the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, together with Palestinian Ali Shehda Abu Afash from Agence France-Presse and three members of the Gaza police. AP photographer Hatem Moussa was also injured. According to AP, Simone Camilli was a passionate, talented newsman who covered popes in the serene splendor of the Vatican and the horrific violence on battlefields from the former Soviet republic of Georgia to the Middle East.

- COLUMBIA. La PEC condena asesinato del periodista Luis Carlos Cervantes en Tarazá, Antioquia / PEC condemns the killing of the journalist Luis Carlos Cervantes in Colombia (go to OTHER NEWS)


- AUGUST 2014. PEC CONDEMNS THE KILLING OF NINE PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS IN THREE WEEKS IN GAZA / La PEC condamne le meurtre de neuf journalistes palestiniens en trois semaines à Gaza (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)


Palestinian journalists are under fire. Israeli war jets are reported to have bombed the offices of the Al-Aqsa TV station, in the Alnaser neighbourhood of Gaza (photo), and the Al-Aqsa radio station, in the El-Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood in northern Gaza Tuesday 29 July. The attack on the Al-Aqsa offices means that four media outlets have until now been targeted. The PEC strongly condemns these attacks. The fact that the Hamas broadcast stations serve as propaganda organs does not justify making them a military target. 

- GAZA. PEC welcomes the special session of the Human Rights Council (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

- PEC Biannual report 2014: 61 journalists killed in first half of 2014 - Ukraine more dangerous than Syria // 61 journalistes tués au cours des six premiers mois de 2014 - L’Ukraine plus dangereuse que la Syrie (PEC report English, French and Arabic on PEC NEWS) 

- JULY 2014. GAZA: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns killing of Palestinian media worker Hamid Shihab in Gaza City - the PEC calls upon the Israeli authorities to allow media workers to carry their work in a situation increasingly difficult and dangerous for journalists reporting on the conflict // طالبت حملة الشارة الدولية لحماية الصحفيين إسرائيل باحترام قانون الحرب و عدم استهداف العاملين في وسائل الاعلام  (read on PEC NEWS) - PEC alarmed by Israeli airstrikes on buildings housing media outlets in Gaza, at least three journalists injured - a second media worker killed July 20 - Journalists houses targeted, according to MADA (more on OTHER NEWS)

While Mr Shihab was going at about 10:00 pm Tuesday 9 July to Omar Al-Mukhtatr's street in Gaza city to transfer a cameraman to the headquarters of the company Media 24, the car,  which had a press sign TV in red (photo), was shelled by a rocket by an Israeli airplane.

- JUNE 2014. EGYPT. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) calls on Egyptian President al-Sissi to release sentenced journalists including Peter Greste (PEC press release and more info on PEC NEWS) 

Nairobi-based Al Jazeera English reporter, Australian Peter Greste (left), Al Jazeera English Cairo bureau chief, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy (center), and Al Jazeera producer, Baher Mohamed, were sentenced to seven years in prison - an appalling attack on press freedom - The PEC condemns the sentence as a dangerous precedent affecting freedom of expression.

- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 26th session. Oral statement delivered by the PEC Permanent Representative at the UN - item 4 - Ukraine, Israel/Palestine, Iran (read the Press Emblem Campaign statement on PEC NEWS)


Two journalists for Russian TV channel Rossiya have died from wounds sustained during a Ukrainian military shelling attack near Lugansk, eastern Ukraine. Reporter Igor Kornelyuk (photo) passed away on the operating table, a doctor at the hospital confirmed to RT. The second alleged victim is sound engineer Anton Voloshin. According to RT's information, he died immediately at the scene.The Rossiya channel crew consisted of three people with only one of them, Viktor Denisov, the cameraman, surviving the Ukrainian military shelling.

- SYRIA - HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - Report of the Independent international commission of inquiry - The PEC is particularly concerned by the radicalization of the armed groups which may be conducive to a regional destabilization and calls for an urgent reinforcement of the protection of journalists and media workers (full PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. Panel discussion on the Safety of Journalists. "Impunity is the major challenge governments, and the international community as a whole, have to face when they truly want to protect journalists" (Read the oral statement delivered by PEC on PEC NEWS) - PEC warmly welcomes the organization of the panel by the UN and the statement of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay calling for "zero tolerance" (read her statement on PEC NEWS)

Navi Pillay (photo): "States must adopt legislative and policy measures for ensuring the safety and protection of journalists and other media workers, with zero tolerance of any form of violence against journalists, and full accountability for any such violence" (...) "Every act of violence committed against a journalist that goes uninvestigated, and unpunished, is an open invitation for further violence. Ensuring accountability for attacks against journalists is a key element in preventing future attacks."

- 26th session of the Human Rights Council. Written statements delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign on safety of journalists and journalists in Ukraine (read the PEC statements on PEC NEWS)

- PEC AWARD CEREMONY 4 JUNE - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) awarded its annual prize for the protection of journalists Wednesday in Geneva to the Hirondelle Foundation. The PEC Committee thus recognized the support provided by the Foundation to the journalism profession in Africa and its efforts to counter the propaganda and hate that intensify conflict (PEC press release English, French, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS, speeches and more details on our special page PEC AWARD)

Jean-Luc Mootoosamy, from Radio Ndeke Luka in Bangui (RCA) and Jean-Marie Etter, director general Fondation Hirondelle, receiving the PEC Award 2014 at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva (photo pec) (more photos on our page PEC AWARD)

- MAY 2014. ALERT. 26nd session of the Human Rights Council - Panel discussion on the safety of journalists 11 JUNE (go to our page DOCUMENTS for details)

- MAY 2014. LIBYA. The situation for journalists in Libya is growing increasingly dangerous - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the brutal murder of the well-known journalist Meftah Bouzid in Benghazi Monday 26 May

Meftah Bouzid (50, photo), a prominent Libyan journalist and vocal critic of the country’s jihadists, was shot dead on Monday in the Islamist stronghold of Benghazi, generating a wave of condemnation from domestic and international rights organizations. Bouzid had previously been the subject of death threats for his frequent condemnation of Islamic extremists.

- MAY 2014. UKRAINE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply saddened about the death of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and his russian assistant Andrey Mironov in eastern Ukraine on 24 May. These deaths are horrid reminders that not enough is being done to protect journalists who risk their lives reporting from conflict zones. 

Rocchelli (30, photo) and Mironov were killed by mortar fire near Slavyansk where they were covering the conflict ahead of the  presidential election. French photographer William Roguelon of Wostok Press was injured during the attack. Rocchelli is the third reporter killed in Ukraine this year and the first foreigner. The PEC calls on authorities in Ukraine to carry out a thorough investigation to find out exactly what happened and ensure those responsible are held accountable.

- MAY 2014. SYRIA. PEC condemns horrific attack on British Journalists (PEC press release on PEC NEWS)

According to media reports, Times writer Anthony Lloyd (photo) and photographer Jack Hill had spent several days reporting from the city of Aleppo and were returning to the Turkish border early on Wednesday when the car they were travelling in was forced to the side of the road. Lloyd was bound to the back seat of a car, while Hill and a local guide were put in the boot before being driven to a warehouse in the town of Tall Rifat.

Reports say that Hill and a guide attempted to escape, but they were recaptured. Hill was severely beaten while Lloyd was shot in the legs to prevent him from escaping. They were eventually freed and managed to cross the border into Turkey after receiving treatment in a Syrian hospital.

- MAY 2014. PEC DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE DEATH OF ONE FRENCH JOURNALIST IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - la PEC très attristée par la mort d'une journaliste française Camille Lepage en République centrafricaine (full PEC press release French and English on PEC NEWS) 

Six mois après l'assassinat de deux reporters français de RFI au Mali, une autre journaliste française, la photographe Camille Lepage, 26 ans (photo AFP), a été tuée alors qu'elle effectuait un reportage en République centrafricaine (RCA). Le président François Hollande, qui a annoncé mardi 13 mai dans un communiqué le décès de la jeune femme originaire d'Angers, a ensuite indiqué à la presse que Camille Lepage était sans doute tombée dans un guet-apens. François Hollande a promis de mettre en œuvre "tous les moyens nécessaires pour faire la lumière sur les circonstances de cet assassinat et retrouver les meurtriers". Le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU a condamné fermement mardi le meurtre et a réclamé une enquête aux autorités centrafricaines. Son travail a été publié par Le Monde, le Sunday Times, le Washington Post, le Wall Street Journal....Elle avait couvert la révolution égyptienne en 2011, elle était au Soudan du Sud en 2012.

- MAY 2014. ALERT EGYPT. Lawyer requests medical treatment for Elshamy / Egypt's prosecutor receives urgent appeal to transfer jailed Al Jazeera reporter to hospital as his health deteriorates (read on OTHER NEWS)

- MAY 2014. Violaciones contra la libertad de expresión en México y Centroamérica – Abril 2014 - Colaboración de Cerigua para PEC // Violations of the press freedom in Mexico and Central America - one journalist killed in Panama, one in Honduras last month (read on PEC NEWS) 

- MAY 2014. CENTRAFRIQUE: journée sans médias après l'assassinat de deux journalistes // Central African Republic: a day without media after the murder of two journalists (lire sur OTHER NEWS)

- MAY 2014. UKRAINE CRISIS. Journalists shot, attacked covering clashes: the PEC calls on all sides to respect the independence of the press (latest news on page OTHER NEWS)

- MAY 2014. PEC dedicates World Press Freedom Day 2014 to three journalists killed in Afghanistan and one in Egypt during the past two months // La PEC dédie la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2014 à trois journalistes tués en Afghanistan et une en Egypte au cours des deux derniers mois (read full statement on PEC NEWS English, French and Arabic)

- APRIL 2014. UNITED NATIONS. Secretary-General report to the General Assembly on the implementation of General Assembly resolution 68/163 - PEC contribution (read on PEC NEWS) 

- APRIL 2014: PEC VERY CONCERNED BY THE PROPAGANDA WAR IN UKRAINE. Many journalists detained - PEC condemns the occupation of media building (read on OTHER NEWS)

- APRIL 2014: EGYPT. In response to the growing attacks against journalists in Egypt, a group of journalists launched a petition in support for the PEC Draft Convention to Protect Journalists in conflict zones and dangerous situations (read more on PEC NEWS)

- AVRIL 2014: SYRIE - ENFIN LIBRES. LA PEC EXPRIME SON IMMENSE SOULAGEMENT ET FELICITE LES AUTORITES FRANçAISES ET LES INTERMEDIAIRES QUI ONT PERMIS LA LIBERATION LE 19 AVRIL DES QUATRE JOURNALISTES FRANçAIS DETENUS PRES DE DIX MOIS EN OTAGE - Didier François, 53 ans, grand reporter à Europe 1, et le photographe Edouard Elias, 23 ans, avaient été enlevés au nord d'Alep le 6 juin 2013. Le 22 juin, c'était au tour de Nicolas Hénin, 37 ans, reporter à l'hebdomadaire Le Point, et Pierre Torrès, 29 ans, photographe indépendant, à Raqqa (lire sur OTHER NEWS) 


Anja Niedringhaus, 48 (photo) an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly. Kathy Gannon, 60, a canadian reporter, was wounded twice. The two were traveling in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots to the outskirts of Khost city when the incident took place, AP said. A unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to them as their car was waiting for the convoy to move, shouted God is Great and opened fire on them in the back seat with an AK-47, according to news reports. Anja Niedringhaus was the only woman on a team of 11 AP photographers that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of the Iraq War. That same year she was awarded the International Women's Media Foundation's Courage in Journalism prize. 

- APRIL 2014. PEC first quarter report: 27 journalists killed in 3 months - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) worried about the protection of journalists during demos // Rapport PEC pour le premier trimestre 2014 - En trois mois, 27 journalistes tués - La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) inquiète pour la protection des journalistes lors de manifestations -  تقرير حملة الشارة: 27 صحفيا و صحفية قتلوا منذ بداية العام
حملة الشارة تعرب عن قلقها لحالة حماية الصحفيين خلال المظاهرات (read full report on PEC NEWS)

- APRIL 2014. Violaciones contra la libertad de expresión en México y Centroamérica – Marzo 2014 - Reporte de Cerigua para PEC (consulte PEC NEWS)

- APRIL 2014. PAKISTAN. Taliban declare war on Media (read the report of the PEC correspondent in Islamabad on PEC NEWS)

- MARCH 2014. EGYPT. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing of Egyptian woman journalist Mayada Achraf, shot in the neck while covering clashes in demonstrations and awaits the results of investigations (read more on PEC NEWS)

It is not clear who is responsible for the murder of the young woman journalist Mayada Achraf (photo) Friday in Cairo. This tragic event happened exactly when the United Nations discussed at the Human Rights Council a resolution on the right to peaceful protests, including the need to ensure the safety of journalists in demonstrations.

- SYRIA. PEC relieved - Two spanish journalists freed in Syria after six-month ordeal, however others still detained, among them four french journalists kidnapped since June last year (more on OTHER NEWS)

- SYRIA: PEC deeply concerned about the decision made by the Damascus' Anti-Terrorism Court to prosecute Mazen Darwish, Hussein Hammad Ghrer and Mohamed Hani Al-Zitani -TURKEY: First Twitter, now YouTube – UN rights experts concerned -EGYPT. Trial for three Al-Jazeera staff in Egypt adjourned - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) renews its call for their immediate release - (read more on OTHER NEWS)


- AFGHANISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condems the horrific murder of Sardar Ahmad. The veteran Afghan reporter with AFP was killed Thursday 20 March along with his wife and two of their children by gunmen at the luxe Serena Hotel in Kabul. Sardar Ahmad, 40, was at Kabul’s Serena hotel when four gunmen opened fire on staff and guests enjoying dinner, killing nine civilians including four foreigners, AFP reports. The Taliban was quick to claim responsibility. Ahmad’s youngest son reportedly survived the attack and has undergone emergency treatment. Ahmad joined AFP in 2003 and became its senior staff reporter in the capital. It is the second murder of a journalist in two weeks in Kabul: on March 11, British-Swedish journalist Nils Horner, 52, was shot dead in broad daylight in a street.

- PEC STATEMENT AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (item 4): "The impunity linked to the crimes committed against media workers fuels those crimes; States have to find the adequate mechanism to effectively protect media workers in conflict zones" (full statement on PEC NEWS)

- SYRIA. PEC STATEMENT DELIVERED AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IN GENEVA - Report of the Independent international commission of inquiry on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic (A/HRC/25/65) (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

- March a bloody month - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns in the strongest terms the killing of 5 journalists: 2 in Syria, 2 in Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan during the last four days (March 8 to March 11) (PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

The PEC condemns in the strongest terms the killing of veteran Swedish Radio reporter Nils Horner (photo), shot dead March 11 in Kabul as he conducted interviews ahead of next month’s presidential election in Afghanistan. Nils Horner, 51, had been a Swedish Radio foreign correspondent since 2001. He reported from Afghanistan when the Taliban were forced from power in 2001, from Baghdad when the USA entered in 2003, from Thailand following the Tsunami in 2004, and from Japan after the tsunami and ensuing Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011. The motive for his killing is unknown.

- UKRAINE. PEC deeply concerned: journalists attacked in Crimea - attempts to restrict media access, to close internet websites in Russia (read the latest news on OTHER NEWS)

- PALESTINE. MADA's annual report: 229 violations of media freedoms in Palestine during 2013 - the Israeli occupation committed 151 violations, the equivalent of 66%, and various Palestinian parties in the West Bank and Gaza committed 78 violations, which is equivalent to 34% (read the report on OTHER NEWS)

- SYRIA. The PEC is relieved to learn that Marc Marginedas, a  reporter for the Barcelona-based El Periódico newspaper, was released Sunday 2 March after six months in captivity in Syria and is now back in Spain. According to El Periódico, Marginedas was kidnapped on 4 September near the city of Hama by the jihadi group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). He was then moved to different locations in areas controlled by rebel groups. ISIS is believed to be holding two other spanish journalists Javier Espinosa and Ricard Garcia Vilanova and four French ones: Français Didier François, Edouard Elias, Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torrès. The PEC renews its call for their immediate release.

- FEBRUARY 2014. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 25th session. The necessity to move to a “zero tolerance” culture towards violence against media workers in order to insure their protection (read the PEC written statement submitted to the 25th session of the HRC on PEC NEWS)

- UKRAINE - ONE JOURNALIST KILLED - PEC strongly condemns the murder of a journalist in Kiev and attacks against others seriously injured in the ongoing violences. Vesti writes its journalist Vyacheslav Veremei died Wednesday 19 February after he was shot by unknown men in masks on Velyka Zhytomyrska Street. Veremei and his colleague IT specialist Oleksiy Lymarenko were attacked when they were coming back from work on taxi. The assailants pulled them and the taxi driver out of the car and brutally beat them. Lymarenko and the taxi driver received serious injuries (more on OTHER NEWS)

Dozens of journalists were injured while covering the violent demonstrations in Kiev. Many of these journalists were deliberately targeted and none of their cases have been properly investigated. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls on all parties to show respect for the work and the physical integrity of media personnel, and reminds the Ukrainian authorities of their responsibility to ensure journalists' safety.

- SYRIA. Third year of arbitrary detention for Mazen Darwish with two colleagues - After the failure of the Geneva peace talks PEC reiterates its call for the immediate release of Mazen Darwish, who received the PEC Award in June 2012, his colleagues and all journalists in detention in Syria (go to OTHER NEWS)

- AFRICA. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) WELCOMES AND SUPPORTS the newly established freedom of expression network in Africa - The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) deplored the current state of attacks, arrests, detentions, incarcerations and harassments meted out to journalists while on the job in many countries on the continent (read the statement on OTHER NEWS)

- LATIN AMERICA. Brazil: Journalist Badly Wounded by Flare During Rio Protest, declared brain dead - first journalist killed in Mexico - read the Cerigua report on Central America on PEC NEWS - COLOMBIA: Informe sobre el estado de la libertad de prensa en Colombia durante 2013, read on OTHER NEWS

- THAILAND. Acclaimed US photographer James Nachtwey shot in the leg in pre-election clashes in Bangkok (read on OTHER NEWS)

- JANUARY 2014. UKRAINE. Police attacked dozens of journalists - thorough investigations needed (read on OTHER NEWS)

- EGYPT. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) DEMANDS THE EGYPTIAN AUTHORITIES TO RELEASE THREE JOURNALISTS OF AL JAZEERA (read the statement from international media freedom and human rights organizations - 20 journalists referred to trial - UN very concerned about the increasingly severe clampdown and physical attacks on media in Egypt - see OTHER NEWS)

PAKISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expressed grave concern on continuous unabated ‘violence and intimidation’ against media in Pakistan. PEC ANNUAL REPORT FOR PAKISTAN, third deadliest country in 2013 after Syria and Iraq with high environment of impunity - PEC shocked to report on the brutal killing of three employees of a private television channel network in Karachi (full statements on PEC NEWS)

- REGIONAL ANNUAL REPORT FOR CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO, one of the most dangerous regions with 12 killed last year - REPORTE DE CERIGUA PARA PEC - Síntesis anual de las violaciones a la libertad de expresión en México y Centroamérica enero – diciembre 2013 (read on PEC NEWS - consulte la página PEC NEWS) 

- SYRIA. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) WELCOMES WITH GREAT RELIEF THE RELEASE OF TWO SWEDISH JOURNALISTS ABDUCTED IN SYRIA. They were kidnapped on November 23. The PEC renews its call for other journalists detained in Syria to be freed  (go to OTHER NEWS)


The year 2013 has been another deadly year for journalists. 129 journalists were killed in the line of duty in 28 countries // L'année 2013 a été encore une année très meurtrière pour les journalistes. De janvier à décembre, 129 travailleurs des médias ont été tués dans leurs fonctions dans 28 pays // El año 2013 ha sido otro año de muertes para los periodistas. En 28 países 129 profesionales de la prensa fueron muertos en el ejercicio de su profesión // 2013 سنة أخرى قاتلة للصحفيين 


- DECEMBER 2013. IRAQ. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns targeted and suicide attack on Salah al-Din TV station headquarters in Tikrit, Iraq, which left five journalists dead. The attack comes amid a wave of killings of journalists in the past few months that has made Iraq the second deadliest country in the world for journalists with 16 killed after Syria (17 killed) (go to CASUALTIES)

- PAKISTAN. PEC exclusive interview with a senior journalist Mudassar Shah reporting from troubled Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA): "To be a journalist in this region is the most dangerous job" (read on PEC NEWS)

- News outlets urge Syria rebels to halt abductions (read on OTHER NEWS)

- Impunity breeds violence against journalists, UN rights expert tells the UN Security Council (read on OTHER NEWS)

- SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the abduction of two more foreign journalists - The families of Spanish journalists Javier Espinosa Robles and Ricardo García Vilanova revealed at news conferences in Beirut and Madrid December 10 that the jihadi group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) kidnapped Espinosa and García in Syria’s northern province of Raqqah on 16 September.

Both Espinosa and García are seasoned reporters who have been covering the uprising against the Assad regime since it began in March 2011. Espinosa, 49 (photo), has been based in Beirut as El Mundo’s Middle East correspondent since 2002. García is a freelance photographer and videographer who has been covering wars and humanitarian crises for more than 15 years. After covering the uprising in Libya in 2011,  he has done a lot of reporting in Syria in the past two years, winning many awards. The news media he has worked for include Channel 4, APTN, Reuters and Euronews. According to PEC, at least 12 foreign journalists are currently kidnapped or missing in Syria.

- NOVEMBER 2013. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes heartily the decision of the United Nations General Assembly to create an international Day to End Impunity for crimes against journalists - the day will be celebrated each year on November 2 (full PEC statement and text of the UN resolution on safety of journalists on PEC NEWS)

- SYRIA. Two Swedish journalists, reporter Magnus Falkehed and photographer Niclas Hammarström are believed to have been abducted 23 November in Syria, according to the Swedish Foreign Ministry. PEC demands their immediate release. More than 10 foreign reporters are held in captivity by foreign groups

Magnus Falkehed (left) is a freelancer for among others Dagens Nyheter. The Swedish photojournalist agency Kontinental, where Niclas Hammarström (right) is a member, had kept regular contact with the journalists in Syria. It was Kontinental that raised the alarm over the weekend.

- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) marks International Day to End Impunity - at this occasion, Luisa Ballin has interviewed Giuliana Sgrena, the well-known Italian journalist kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq in 2005. Sgrena and the two Italian intelligence officers who has helped secure her release came under fire, one was killed. Eight years after, no prosecution happened. Read her testimony on PEC NEWS (only in French)

Giuliana Sgrena, journaliste italienne enlevée en Irak en 2005, s'est confiée dans un entretien exclusif accordé à Luisa Ballin pour la PEC sur les suites de son enlèvement. "Malheureusement, l’enquête n’avance pas. Nous nous sommes battus pour qu’il y ait un procès en Italie à l’encontre de Mario Lozano, le soldat de l’armée américaine qui a tiré contre notre voiture. Nous n’y sommes pas parvenus malgré un procès préliminaire lors duquel le juge avait décidé d’envoyer Mario Lozano devant la justice pour l’homicide politique volontaire de Nicola Calipari, le numéro deux du SISMI (les services italiens de la sûreté de l’Etat) et pour la tentative d’homicide contre moi et contre l’autre agent du SISMI Andrea Carpani" (lire l'interview sur PEC NEWS) - links to other contributions to mark International Day to End Impunity on our page NO IMPUNITY

SYRIA - Human rights organizations call on Syrian government to implement the UN Resolution - The Syrian government should immediately release human rights defenders, Mazen Darwish, Hussein Ghareer and Hani Al-Zitani, members of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), and drop all the charges against them (full statement on OTHER NEWS)

A group of the world’s leading international broadcasters say that the dangers facing their journalists are such that it is difficult to provide accurate reporting from some parts of the world // Journalistes tués: plusieurs médias audiovisuels internationaux appellent le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU à agir (go to OTHER NEWS for the statement)

- REPORTE DE CERIGUA PARA PEC - Violaciones contra la libertad de expresión y de prensa en México y Centroamérica durante el mes de octubre de 2013 - GUATEMALA: Cerigua rechaza utilización de gas pimienta contra la prensa y exige a las autoridades investigar a los responsables (go to PEC NEWS)

- MALI. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) appuie la demande de trois syndicats français de journalistes de création d'une commission d'enquête sur l'assassinat des deux journalistes dans le nord-est du Mali. De nombreuses questions restent sans réponse et leur mort ne peut rester impunie // The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joined the call of three french syndicates of journalists for an official commission of enquiry after the death of two reporters in Mali. Many questions remained unanswered and these killings must not be unpunished (letter on PEC NEWS - lire la lettre des trois syndicats sur PEC NEWS)

- MALI. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is appalled by the abduction and murder of two French journalists working for Radio France Internationale Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon near the northern city of Kidal // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) est consternée par l'enlèvement et l'assassinat de deux journalistes français Ghislaine Dupont et Claude Verlon près de la ville de Kidal dans le nord du Mali (press release on PEC NEWS)

The profession of journalism more and more dangerous - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns in the strongest possible manner the summary executions of French journalists working for Radio France Internationale Ghislaine Dupont (left, 57) and Claude Verlon (right, 55). 
The journalists were kidnapped and shot after conducting an interview in Kidal, Mali. Their bodies were found about 10 km from the town centre Nov 2.

- PAKISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) while expressing serious concern on the increased violence against media in Pakistan said that impunity is completely enjoyed by the predators of press freedom (go to PEC NEWS for full statement)

- EGYPT. Egypt’s draft constitution is worryingly ambiguous on freedoms of expression and information, the time being now to reach clarity in the guarantee of fundamental rights, writes PEC President Hedayat Abdel Nabi - story published by Al-Ahram Weekly (full story on PEC NEWS)

- OCTOBER 2013. RUSSIA. PEC signed the International petition for the boycott of the winter Olympic Games to free the 30 Greenpeace activists imprisoned in Russia, among them one journalist and one photographer (go to PEC NEWS for the links)

- OCTOBER 2013. SYRIA. Polish photojournalist Marcin Suder, who was kidnapped in Syria in July, has managed to escape his captors and is back home (go to PEC NEWS)

- OCTOBER 2013. SYRIA. Two more journalists missing in Syria: Abu Dhabi-based Sky News Arabia said it lost contact on Tuesday Oct 15 with reporter Ishak Moctar, cameraman Samir Kassab and their Syrian driver - at least 12 foreign journalists now kidnapped or missing in Syria (more info on PEC NEWS)

- OCTOBER 2013. SYRIA. PEC condemns the abduction of two more french journalists Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torrès - 23 foreign reporters kidnapped in total in one year in Syria // La PEC condamne l'enlèvement de deux journalistes français de plus en Syrie, Nicolas Hénin et Pierre Torrès - 23 journalistes étrangers enlevés au total depuis un an en Syrie (voir communiqué du 2 octobre sur PEC NEWS)

Les deux journalistes français, Nicolas Hénin (à gauche), reporter, et Pierre Torrès (à droite) photographe, ont été enlevés le 22 juin dans la ville de Raqqa, dans le nord de la Syrie, ont annoncé le 9 octobre leurs familles et le ministère français des Affaires étrangères qui avaient gardé jusqu'à présent secrète leur détention. Au total, ce sont officiellement quatre journalistes français qui sont retenus en otages en Syrie, avec Didier François et Edouard Elias, enlevés le 6 juin. Selon les familles, les deux journalistes sont en vie, mais rien n'a été indiqué de leur lieu et conditions de détention, ni de l'existence d'une revendication. Nicolas Hénin (37 ans) était en Syrie pour un reportage pour l'hebdomadaire Le Point et la chaîne de télévision Arte. Il est le responsable du bureau de l'agence de presse de télévision Solas Films en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient depuis 7 ans. Il collabore à Radio France et à diverses radio-télévisions francophones, RTBF, RTS et Radio Canada. Pierre Torres (29 ans), est un photographe qui a couvert la révolution libyenne et a vendu notamment des images à l'AFP en 2012.

- OCTOBRE 2013. Lire l'interview du secrétaire général de la PEC Blaise Lempen réalisée par El Hadji Gorgui Wade Ndoye et publiée dans le quotidien Walfadjri à Dakar et sur le site de l'Organisation internationale de la francophonie (cliquez à gauche sur OTHER NEWS) 

- OCTOBER 2013. PAKISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC)  strongly condemned the killing of a Journalist in yet another act of violence against media in Pakistan and asked the authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder case and bring the culprits to justice (full statement on PEC NEWS)

- OCTOBER 2013. EGYPT. PEC condemns the attack on Egyptian journalist Khaled Daoud at the vicinity of Tahrir square in Cairo (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

- OCTOBER 2013. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns kidnapping of journalists by armed groups in Syria - 90 journalists killed in 26 countries in 9 months // La PEC condamne la pratique du kidnapping de journalistes par des groupes armés en Syrie - 90 journalistes tués dans 26 pays en 9 mois //  La PEC condena la practica de los secuestros de periodistas por grupos armados en Siria - 90 periodistas asesinados en 26 países en 9 meses // حملة الشارة تدين اختطاف الصحفيين في سوريا من قبل جماعات مسلحة (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS English, French, Spanish and Arabic - including a special report on Central America and Mexico)

- OCTOBRE 2013. SYRIE. Entretien exclusif à la PEC du journaliste italien Domenico Quirico, détenu pendant cinq mois et libéré le 8 septembre: "La seule manière de faire mon métier est d’être sur le terrain et de raconter ce que je vois. Si je ne peux pas aller sur le terrain et faire cela, je peux changer de métier !" - lire l'entretien sur PEC NEWS

Pour Domenico Quirico (ici lors de son retour en Italie, accueilli par Emma Bonino), les journalistes sont sans protection face à de nouveaux acteurs dans les conflits actuels, "des fanatiques religieux ou des bandits". Mais il ne faut pas renoncer à décrire ce qui se passe en allant sur le terrain.

- SEPTEMBER 2013. ONE MORE FOREIGN JOURNALIST MISSING IN SYRIA. Spanish reporter Marc Marginedas kidnapped three weeks ago near Hama 

Marc Marginedas' (photo) newspaper El Periódico revealed (September 24) that the Spanish journalist was kidnapped by Jihadi fighters near the city of Hama on 4 september. There has been no news of Marginedas since then and no group has claimed responsibility for his abduction. The Press Emblem Campaign calls for his immediate release.

- SEPTEMBER 2013. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. The PEC expresses its appreciation for the initiatives taken by the Austrian Government and the "core group" at the United Nations to guarantee freedom and protection for the media (read the PEC statement and the decision adopted on PEC NEWS)

- SEPTEMBER 2013. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. EGYPT. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses its concern about the crackdown by the Egyptian authorities on media outlets and the arrest of staff members, which violate international obligations (read the PEC statement delivered at the HRC on PEC NEWS)

Challenges of Media Coverage of the Crisis in Egypt - side-event at the United Nations - read the PEC speech: "Reporting HR violations: the role of international HR organizations" (go to PEC NEWS)

- SEPTEMBER 2013. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON SYRIA. The PEC is particularly concerned about the growing phenomenon of abduction and vigorously denounces the inhuman or degrading treatment imposed on journalists, including fake executions. The PEC calls on all factions involved in the Syrian conflict to release all the journalists and media workers (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

Statement by Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro (photo, with Carla del Ponte), Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic: 

"Syria has become an increasingly dangerous place for journalists to work. A disturbing pattern of harassment, arrest and detention of journalists, especially foreigners, has emerged. In the last six weeks, reports have been received of journalists kidnapped by extremist anti-Government armed groups".  (Oral update, 16/09/2013)

- SEPTEMBER 2013. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. Presentation of the report of the OHCHR on the safety of journalists - Concrete steps are needed to translate a strong support to the report in reality. Read the PEC oral statement, the call by Austria supported by 72 countries, the IFJ statement (go to PEC NEWS)

- SEPTEMBRE 2013. Entretien exclusif de la PEC avec Florence Aubenas: « La Syrie est aujourd’hui un cimetière pour les journalistes et pour l’information » (lire l'entretien sur PEC NEWS)

La journaliste Luisa Ballin (photo), membre du comité directeur de la PEC, a longuement rencontré à Paris Florence Aubenas. Ex-otage en Irak, elle s'exprime à coeur ouvert sur les difficultés d'informer dans les zones de conflit et de troubles internes, en Syrie et en Egypte, et sur l'évolution du métier de grand reporter, alors qu'au moins sept journalistes étrangers sont toujours kidnappés en Syrie, certains depuis plusieurs mois. La PEC est soulagée de la libération le 8 septembre de l'envoyé spécial de "La Stampa" Domenico Quirico  et en même temps consterné par les mauvais traitements qu'il a subis en captivité en Syrie pedant exactement cinq mois.

- SEPTIEMBRE 2013 - Violaciones a la libertad de expresión en México y Centroamérica durante el mes de agosto (read the report of Cerigua on PEC NEWS) 

- SEPTEMBER 2013: INSECURITY GROWING in PAKISTAN: Pakistani media fear that govt could muzzle them (full report on PEC NEWS)

- AUGUST 2013. NEW REPORT PUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONNER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ON SAFETY OF JOURNALISTS - PEC STATEMENT: Protection of journalists: the actual good practices are not sufficient, nor effective enough in combating impunity (read the full statement on PEC NEWS)

- AUGUST 2013. EGYPT. PEC condemns killing of journalists in Egypt and a setback for the freedom of the press // حملة الشارة تدين مقتل مدير مكتب الاهرام في البحيرة 
 (read PEC full statement and the report of the Union of Arab Journalists on recent developments in Egypt When treachery bullets assassin the "truth" on PEC NEWS)

- AUGUST 2013: GUATEMALA - Otro periodista asesinado en Guatemala; cuarto en lo que va del año - La Organización Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) condena de forma enérgica el asesinato del periodista Carlos Alberto Orellana Chávez (full statement on PEC NEWS)

- AUGUST 2013: Egypt Lashes Out at Foreign News Media’s Coverage - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) deeply regrets recent attacks against foreign media in Egypt amid rising tensions (read reports on PEC NEWS)


Sky News cameraman Mick Deane (photo) has been shot and killed covering the violence in Cairo August 14. Mick, 61, had worked for Sky for 15 years, based in Washington and then Jerusalem. The Head of Sky News John Ryley described Mick as the very best of cameramen, a brilliant journalist and an inspiring mentor to many.

- SYRIE: Didier François et Edouard Elias otages depuis plus de deux mois - Florence Aubenas: "on ne peut pas abandonner"

Q. Faut-il encore mettre sa vie en jeu et partir en reportage en Syrie ?

Florence Aubenas: "Journalistiquement, on ne peut pas se permettre d'abandonner et de ne plus traiter le conflit. Ce serait comme si un médecin, confronté à une maladie, disait: "On n'y arrive pas, c'est trop compliqué, on va laisser les gens mourir". La question, c'est plutôt: comment continuer d'y aller, alors qu'il existe clairement une chasse aux journalistes et qu'on ne veut pas laisser l'information sortir du pays ?" (interview au quotidien "Le Matin", 14 août 2013)

Journaliste ex-otage détenue en Irak pendant plusieurs mois, libérée en juin 2005, Florence Aubenas (photo) préside le comité de soutien aux deux journalistes français, otages depuis leur enlèvement près d'Alep il y a plus de deux mois, le 6 juin. D'après le ministre français de la Défense, les deux otages sont en vie. Selon Florence Aubenas, on ne sait pas qui les détient. "C'est le propre de la Syrie: tout est possible. Ils ont très bien pu être enlevés par les rebelles comme par les forces gouvernementales. Toute la difficulté est là". Au moins six autres journalistes étrangers sont détenus en Syrie, certains depuis un an. La PEC se joint aux efforts de Florence et renouvelle son appel à une libération sans condition.

- AUGUST 2013. ALERT GUATEMALA. THIRD JOURNALIST KILLED THIS YEAR. PEC condena asesinato de periodista guatemalteco Luis de Jesús Lima y exigió a las autoridades realizar una pronta y efectiva investigación para dar cuanto antes con los autores materiales e intelectuales del crimen. PEC mostró su preocupación porque en lo que va del 2013 han sido asesinados en Guatemala tres profesionales de la comunicación // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) condamne l’assassinat du journaliste Luis de Jesús Lima. Elle demande instamment aux autorités d’ouvrir une enquête et exprime sa vive préoccupation quant aux trois assassinats de professionnels de la communication qui ont eu lieu au Guatemala depuis le début de l’année 2013

NEW: PEC condena atentado contra periodista Fredy Rodas // La PEC condamne l’attentat contre le journaliste Fredy Rodas (read full statements on PEC NEWS)

- JULY 2013. SYRIA. ONE MORE FOREIGN JOURNALIST KIDNAPPED, polish photojournalist Marcin Suder, in Saraqeb, in the northwestern province of Idlib - still no news of 7 other foreign journalists held in captivity - Cases of journalists going missing or being kidnapped increased at an alarming rate in recent months - PEC calls for their immediate and unconditional release and warns that hostage-taking has become common by some groups to extort money and finance the war in Syria

A freelancer who works for the Corbis agency, the Polish photo-agency Studio Melon and other outlets, Suder (photo) was abducted July 24 during a raid in Saraqeb by an islamist group. The 36-year-old is an experienced war photographer who had worked in Somalia, South Sudan and Chechnya.

- JULY 2013. NO TO IMPUNITY. RUSSIA. Anna Politkovskaya family boycott murder trial over jury - near seven years after, investigators have yet to provide any details of who they believe ordered the killing - PHILIPPINES. The deferment of the arraignment of two of the principal accused in the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan town massacre adds to the already long list of delays in the judicial process (read details on our page NO IMPUNITY)

Five men are in court in Moscow in connection with the killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, which happened in 2006. A spokeswoman for the family says they are concerned the court will try to speed up the trial to coincide with the anniversary of Politkovskaya's death.

- JULY 2013. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) WELCOMES AN OPEN DEBATE AT THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL IN NEW YORK ON THE PROTECTION OF JOURNALISTS TO ENHANCE THE RESOLUTION 1738 ADOPTED ON 23 DECEMBER 2006 - however the PEC regrets the absence of concrete decisions at the end of the debate - speeches are not enough to improve access and fight impunity (read a UN summary of the meeting held 17 July and some statements on OTHER NEWS)

- Julio 2013. Violaciones a la libertad de prensa en Centroamérica y México durante el primer semestre del 2013 - reporte regional para PEC (see PEC NEWS)

- JULY 2013. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) in its report covering the first half of 2013 says that fewer journalists were killed, but that more journalists were kidnapped - In six months, since January, 56 journalists were killed in 23 countries // Moins de journalistes ont été tués au cours du premier semestre 2013, mais davantage de journalistes ont été kidnappés, a affirmé la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC). En six mois, depuis janvier, 56 journalistes ont été tués dans 23 pays // Menos periodistas han sido asesinados en el curso del primer semestre de 2013, pero han aumentado los secuestros, segun  la Campana Emblema de Prensa (PEC). De enero hasta la fecha, 56 periodistas han sido asesinados en 23 paeses

(click left on PEC NEWS for the press release in English, French, Spanish and Arabic)

- JUILLET 2013. SYRIE. QUI A TUE GILLES JACQUIER A HOMS LE 11 JANVIER 2012 ? Attentat Express (Seuil) est l'enquête de la compagne de Gilles Jacquier Caroline Poiron, et des deux journalistes suisses Sid Ahmed Hammouche et Patrick Vallélian. Ils étaient tous présents à Homs le 11 janvier 2012, lors de l'assassinat du journaliste français. Ils ont mené l'enquête et accusent. Un témoignage de première main sur les difficultés à couvrir les zones de conflit.

Caroline Poiron (photo) était la compagne de Gilles Jacquier, grand reporter à France2, tué le 11 janvier 2012 à Homs dans des circonstances dramatiques. Dans Attentat Express, elle retrace, avec Sid Ahmed Hammouche et Patrick Vallélian, les événements qui se sont succédé ce jour-là. Leur enquête pose de troublantes questions.


- JUNE 2013: ISRAEL. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) PROTESTS AGAINST DOUBLE STANDARDS AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL and deeply regrets personal attacks against the Special rapporteur on human rights in the palestinian territories Richard Falk (read on PEC NEWS the statement delivered on behalf of 19 NGOs)


- JUNE 2013: SYRIE - la PEC demande la libération immédiate du journaliste français Didier François (photo), grand reporter à Europe 1, et du photographe Edouard Elias, disparus en Syrie le 6 juin alors qu’ils tentaient de gagner la ville d’Alep - PEC CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TWO FRENCH JOURNALISTS KIDNAPPED IN SYRIA

"Connus pour leur professionnalisme, les deux journalistes remplissent une mission d’intérêt général en couvrant de manière indépendante la tragédie syrienne. Les journalistes ne doivent en aucun cas être pris pour cibles par les diverses parties engagées dans le conflit ni servir en aucune façon de monnaie d’échange", a affirmé le président français François Hollande réagissant à cet enlèvement.

- JUNE 2013: PEC AWARD CEREMONY 2013 - PEC award 2013 has been awarded to the Director of  Cerigua in Guatemala, Ileana Alamilla, to cartoonist McDonald from Honduras and to two ambassadors, that of Austria Thomas Hajnoczi and of Switzerland Alexandre Fasel (click left on PEC AWARD for press releases, press reports, photos, speeches, bios)

The PEC Prize 2013 for the protection of journalists has been awarded 6 June at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva  to Ileana Alamilla (Guatemala), Allan McDonald (Honduras), ambassador  Alexandre Fasel (Switzerland) and ambassador  Thomas Hajnoczi (Austria).

- JUNE 2013. TURKEY. PEC draw the Human Rights Council’s attention to press freedom and the situation for journalists in Turkey and protests in Istanbul, where reporters and journalists have been victims of both targeted attacks and indiscriminate violence used by police to disperse demonstrators (full statement on PEC NEWS)



- MAY 2013. High environment of impunity in Pakistan (full statement on PEC NEWS)

- MAY 2013. SYRIA - URGENT DEBATE AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - PEC STATEMENT: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) follows with grave concern the evolution of the civil war in the Syrian Arab Republic, notably concerning the access of media workers to the territory (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)



According to the german newspaper Tagesspiegel, Armin Wertz (photo) told on May 5 by SMS that he was being held by Syrian police in Aleppo. In a new message on Sunday May 12, the reporter asked for help. PEC calls for its immediate release and evacuation, as fighting intensifies in Aleppo.   
The reporter writing on a freelance basis for german and asian media is at least the fifth foreign journalist detained or missing in Syria with two Americans Austin Tice and James Foley (since last year), Italian Dominico Quirico (since April) and Palestinian Bashar Fahmi Al-Kadumi (since August 2012)

- MAY 2013. TURKEY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls on the Human Rights Council’s attention to the severe conditions Kurdish journalists have to face in their country. Almost three-quarter out of the more than 200 journalists imprisoned in Turkey are from the medias that criticize the governmental policy towards the Kurdish people (full statement on PEC NEWS)


Hundreds of journalists and human rights defenders staged marches in 14 Mexican states to demand an end to the barbarity that targets them, and an end to impunity (April 28).

- MAY 2013. On World Press Freedom Day, PEC honors the media workers killed in the line of duty // Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse: la PEC rend hommage aux travailleurs des medias tués dans l'exercice de leur fonction // قبيل يوم الصحافة العالمي: حملة الشارة الدولية تحي ذكري من سقطوا و هو يؤدون عملهم  (full statement English, French and Arabic on PEC NEWS) (on SYRIA and James FOLEY, consult also OTHER NEWS) 

- APRIL 2013. SYRIA. PEC without news of one more reporter in Syria - Veteran Italian war correspondent missing since 20 days
(more on PEC NEWS)

Italian daily La Stampa says its correspondent in Syria has been missing for about 20 days. 62 year-old Domenico Quirico (photo), an experienced war reporter, entered Syria on April 6 from Lebanon. His last contact was a text message sent on April 9 to an Italian colleague from state TV, saying he was on the road to Homs.

- APRIL 2013. PAKISTAN: PEC worried by the death of a ninth journalist since January ahead of general polls (full statement on PEC NEWS)

- APRIL 2013. PARAGUAY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is worried by the second murder of a journalist in the north-east of Paraguay this year - an alarming trend: 12 journalists were killed since January in Latin America, 5 only in April (go to PEC NEWS for more)

- APRIL 2013. PAKISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemned the suicide bomb attack on a political party rally in Pakistan’s Northwestern city of Peshawar in which among others, a Pakistani print journalist was killed and two other media persons sustained injuries (go to PEC NEWS for full statement).


Four italian journalists have been kidnapped in the north of Syria, on the border with Turkey, by a rebel group April 5. According to news reports, the abducted were one reporter working for the Italian public broadcaster RAI Amedeo Ricucci (photo) and three freelance journalists Andrea Viganli, Elio Colavolpe and Susan Dabbous. PEC welcomed their release on April 13.

- APRIL 2013. PEC report for the first 3 months of 2013: 28 journalists killed in 15 countries // rapport de la PEC pour les trois premiers mois de 2013: 28 journalistes tués dans 15 pays // desde el primero de enero, 28 periodistas fueron asesinados en 15 países (go to PEC NEWS for the report, English, French, Spanish and Arabic, to TICKING CLOCK for the updated list of casualties)

A TV correspondent for German public broadcaster ARD Jörg Armbruster, 65 (photo), was seriously wounded by gunfire in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo March 29, then evacuated to Turkey and Stuttgart April 1. The veteran journalist had been based in Cairo until January 2013, where he had reported on events in the Arab World.

- MARCH 2013. Rwandan editor, jailed for opinion piece, fails in appeal - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns targeting journalists in Rwanda (go to PEC NEWS)

- MARCH 2013. PEC STATEMENT AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. Promoting the safety of journalists and fighting impunity must not be constrained to after-the-fact, but required prevention mechanisms to address the root causes of violence (go to PEC NEWS for full statement)

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) delivered  five oral statements and made two written contributions on the occasion of the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (photo of room XX at the United Nations)

- MARCH 2013. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply concerned about the difficulties Palestinian journalists have to face in carrying out their duty - PEC statement at the Human Rights Council (full statement on PEC NEWS)

- MARCH 2013. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. Universal periodic review - Switzerland. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls upon Switzerland, as Depositary State of the Geneva Conventions... // Conseil des droits de l'homme - rapport de la Suisse pour l'examen périodique universel - La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) lance un appel à la Suisse, en tant qu'Etat dépositaire des Conventions de Genève... (go to PEC NEWS for the PEC statement, English and French)

- MARCH 2013. TURKEY. PEC statement delivered at the Human Rights Council - 22nd session. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) draws the attention of the Council on the severe restrictions on freedom of expression and the difficult conditions in which some journalists can carry out their mission in Turkey, particularly those of Kurdish origin (full statement on PEC NEWS)

- MARCH 2013. SYRIA. Human Rights Council - 22nd session. Report of the Independent international commission of inquiry on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic - PEC STATEMENT: "Journalists have the duty to inform and denounce all human rights violations, particularly when they could constitute crimes of war or crimes against humanity. In the absence of any images of those atrocities it is very difficult to mobilize the public opinion in order to stop the massacres"... (go to PEC NEWS for full statement) 

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of Ukrainian journalist Ankhar Kochneva (photo). Ukraine's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday 12 March confirmed that the journalist is free after 150 days in captivity. Kochneva, who has written for Syrian and Russian newspapers, was kidnapped in western Syria on Oct. 9 and reportedly held by members of the Free Syrian Army opposition group.

- MARCH 2013. PAKISTAN. PEC appreciates and supports ‘the International Friends of Media Alliance on Safety’ and UN action Plan in Pakistan - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemned three Pakistani journalists’ killings during last week in separate incidents, one in lawless Northwestern tribal region, one in Balochistan and another in Karachi (PEC statements, documents of the conference on PEC NEWS)

REMEMBER - Mazen Darwish detained over a year - Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik killed at Homs one year ago - PEC renews its call for the release of Mazen Darwish and his colleagues with immediate effect - PEC supports a new campaign launched by journalists: please visit: 
www.adaywithoutnews.com (PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

Olivier Voisin (38 ans, photo) est le 4e journaliste français à mourir en exerçant son métier pour couvrir le conflit en Syrie. Il a succombé à ses blessures dimanche 24 février dans un hôpital en Turquie, après avoir été grièvement blessé par des éclats d'obus jeudi, alors qu'il couvrait les opérations d'un groupe armé d'opposition dans la région d'Idlib (nord de la Syrie)

- FEBRUARY 2013. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) submitted two written statements to the attention of the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on freedom of the press (go to PEC NEWS for the PEC statements) 

- FEBRUARY 2013: SOMALIA. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) welcomes Somali Prime Minister’s pledge for justice to the Somali Journalists and hopes it will put an end to journalists' killings in Somalia (go to page NO IMPUNITY)

- FEBRUARY 2013. SRI LANKA. Sri Lanka Sunday Leader reporter Faraz Shauketaly shot: PEC strongly condemns (for reports go to OTHER NEWS)




- JANUARY 2013. PAKISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expressed its solidarity with the Pakistani journalists and family members of the slain journalists who staged a sit-in outside the country’s parliament on Jan 28 demanding for the arrest of journalists’ killers and provision of compensation to their families (go to PEC NEWS)    


Belgian-born French journalist Yves Debay (58)(photo) was shot by snipers once in the head and once in the chest in Aleppo. He was taken to Turkey, where medical staff pronounced him dead. Another journalist Al-Jazeera reporter Mohamed Al-Massalma was shot three times while covering the front lines in the town of Busra Al-Harir in the countryside of Daraa on Friday.

- JANUARY 2013. PAKISTAN. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) strongly condemned the twin successive terrorists' bomb attacks in Southwestern Pakistan that have killed three journalists (see PEC NEWS)

- JANUARY 2013. UPDATE PEC REPORT: 141 journalists killed in total in 2012 in 29 countries, an increase of 31% - A FOURTH JOURNALIST MISSING IN SYRIA (go to PEC NEWS, list of casualties on TICKING CLOCK)

American freelance reporter James Foley (39) (photo) was kidnapped in Syria six weeks ago and has been missing since then, his family revealed Wednesday January 2nd. An experienced war reporter he was seized by armed men in the northern province of Idlib on November 22, according to witnesses. Foley worked for Agence France-Presse,  GlobalPost and contributed to major US TV channels.


- DECEMBER 2012. PEC annual report 2012: Record number of journalists killed this year: 139 in 29 countries, an increase of 30% // Rapport annuel de la PEC: record du nombre de journalistes tués en 2012, 139 dans 29 pays, en hausse de 30% // Informe PEC 2012: Número récord de periodistas asesinados en el 2012, 139 periodistas de 29 países, un aumento del 30 por ciento // الشارة الدولية لحماية الصحفي: 139 صحفيا قتلوا في 29 دولة خلال العام الحالي

- DECEMBER 2012. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the targeting of journalists in Egypt, calls for an immediate inquiry // حملة الشارة تدين استهداف الصحفيين المصريين و تطالب بتحقيق فوري (click left on PEC NEWS for the PEC statement)

El-Hosseini Abul-Deif (photo), a journalist at El-Fagr newspaper, opposed to the Egyptian President, was shot in the head for photographs he has taken and was critically injured during the clashes at the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis, Egypt on Wednesday. Reports blamed members of the Muslim Brotherhood for the attack. He died on Wednesday 12 December

- NOVEMBER 2012. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) receives the Nicolas Bouvier award for Journalism // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) reçoit le prix Nicolas Bouvier de Journalisme // حملة الشارة تحصل على جائزة بوفييه السويسرية للصحافة (PEC press release on PEC NEWS, English, French and Arabic)

Nicolas Bouvier (1929-1998) (photo) was a Swiss writer and photographer. His travels all over the world incited him to recount his experiences and adventures like a journalist. His journey in 1954 from Geneva to Japan was in many ways prescient. His most famous books are The Way of the World, The Japanese Chronicles, and The Scorpion Fish. The Bouvier Prize for Journalism is awarded every two years. 

- NOVEMBER 2012. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) WELCOMES THE OUTCOME OF THE VIENNA UN CONFERENCE ON SAFETY OF JOURNALISTS // حملة الشارة ترحب بنتائج اجتماع فيينا و هدايت عبد النبي تطالب بإقامة لجنة تحقيق دولية في مقتل الصحفيين (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

Bangladesh journalists demonstrated at the UN Vienna International Center and at the Press Club during the two-day meeting on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. They called for an investigation in the murders of four journalists in Bangladesh killed in the past 10 months. 


- NOVEMBER 2012. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the opening of the meeting in Vienna on the safety of journalists and the civil society statement to the meeting (go to PEC NEWS for the statement of the civil society)

- NOVEMBER 2012. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns targeted killings of journalists in Gaza, renewed attacks against media buildings by Israel (see PEC statement on PEC NEWS, reports on PRESS and OTHER NEWS)

- NOVEMBER 2012. ISRAEL STRIKES MEDIA BUILDING IN GAZA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns in the strongest possible manner the targeting of media installations in Gaza as well as homes of media professionals //حملة الشارة تدين و بقوة استهداف المنشآت الإعلامية و منازل  الصحفيين في غزة(PEC statement English and Arabic on PEC NEWS, reports on PRESS and OTHER NEWS) 

- NOVEMBER 2012. DO NOT MISS the UN Inter-Agency Meeting on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity organized by UNESCO in Vienna (Austria) on 22 and 23 November - looking for further progress on the issue of protection of journalists, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes this timely and important meeting (see media advisory on PEC NEWS)

The Vienna meeting will launch implementation of UN Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists for the next two years.  This strategy will include international, regional and national activities. The PEC will attend the meeting in Vienna with many other professional organizations and NGOs.


Austin Tice (31, photo) last contacted his family on August 13 while in Syria reporting on the uprising there against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. At a press conference in Beirut (Lebanon), on November 12, Tice's mother, Debra Tice, called on her son's captors to release him. Three other foreign journalists are missing in Syria (PEC).


- OCTOBER 2012. PEC UPDATE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses its extreme worry at the rising toll in journalists killed during the past 9 months, 110 in 25 countries, which represents an increase of 36 percent compared to previous year // La PEC est consternée par la hausse du nombre de victimes parmi les travailleurs des medias cette année. Jamais autant de journalistes ont été tués en neuf mois, en hausse de 36% d'une année sur l'autre // La Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) esta consternada por el alza del número de víctimas entre los trabajadores de los medios de comunicación. Jamás tantos periodistas fueron asesinados en nueve meses, un alza del  36 por ciento de un año al otro// "حملة الشارة"مقتل 110 صحفيين في 25 دولة خلال 9 أشهر

- SEPTEMBER 2012. PEC congratulates the Human Rights Council for its adoption of a historic resolution on the safety of journalists // La PEC félicite le Conseil des droits de l'homme pour l'adoption historique d'une résolution sur la sécurité des journalistes // PEC felicita al Consejo de Derechos Humanos por la adopción de una histórica resolución sobre la seguridad de los periodistas // حملة الشارة الدولية ترحب بقرار مجلس حقوق الإنسان التاريخي بشأن سلامة الصحفيين و تعتبره خطوة أولى لمكافحة الإفلات من العقاب (READ FULL STATEMENT AND THE TEXT OF THE RESOLUTION ADOPTED ON PEC NEWS)

- SEPTEMBER 2012. ORAL STATEMENT DELIVERED BY THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - The PEC welcomes the initiative taken by Austria and the core group for the safety of journalists and sees the draft resolution L.6 as a big step forward. The PEC calls the Council’s members to adopt by consensus the resolution L.6 (read full statement on PEC NEWS)

The PEC congratulates Member States of the UN for drafting a resolution on the protection of journalists. Speaking at the HRC chaired by Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre (photo) the NGO calls for the adoption of the resolution by consensus


- SEPTEMBER 2012. TURKEY. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) expresses its deepest concern about the arrest of dozen of journalists charged under the Turkish anti-terror law (read the PEC statement at the Human Rights Council on PEC NEWS)

- SEPTEMBER 2012. SYRIA. PEC STATEMENT AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. The PEC calls on the IICI to dedicate a section in his next report to the violence against media workers and the measures taken by the various parties to the conflict to protect them and to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted and convicted (read the full statement on PEC NEWS)

- SEPTEMBER 2012. Journalists killed in a record number - the PEC welcomes a high-level meeting  in New York to enhance the protection of journalists (full statement on PEC NEWS, see also PRESS)

- SEPTEMBER 2012. Impunity as an engine of journalists’ killings - PEC written statement for the UN Human Rights Council 21th session (read the full PEC statement on PEC NEWS)


The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is horrified and deeply saddened by the death of a fourth foreign journalist in Syria since January. A Japanese reporter Mika Yamamoto (photo) (45) was killed after coming under fire from pro-government troops in the conflict-wracked Syrian city of Aleppo.

- AUGUST 2012. PEC STATEMENT: THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN CONDEMNS ALL ATTACKS AGAINST MEDIA IN SYRIA - حملة الشارة تدين الاعتداءات ضد الصحفيين في سوريا (read full statement on page PEC NEWS, English and Arabic)  

- JULY-AUGUST 2012: SYRIA. Two Western photographers freed in Syria after being held hostage for a week by Islamic extremists - Two Ankara-based Al Jazeera correspondents and three other journalists were wounded while reporting in Aleppo - Syrian state television headquarters rocked by bomb blast, State TV presenter executed in Damascus - Syrian state news agency Sana and Arab satellite station report deaths of two journalists in the capital - Reporter for Iran TV said abducted by rebels in Syria
(read all stories on PRESS)


Mohamud Ali Keyre (Buneyste) (photo) was murdered on Sunday evening (12 August 2012) after being struck in the head by a bullet journalists believe was fired by government affiliated armed men (PEC)

- JULY 2012. EGYPT-SUDAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) praised the efforts that led to the release of the detained Egyptian journalist Shaimaa Adel in Khartoum, Sudan (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)


- JULY 2012. PEC reports an increase of 33 percent in the number of journalists killed in 6 months // Hausse de 33% du nombre de journalistes tués en six mois // PEC denuncia un incremento de 33 por ciento de periodistas asesinados en seis meses // تقرير حملة الشارة: ارتفاع عدد القتلى بين الصحفيين بنسبة 33 (click left on PEC NEWS to read the PEC PRESS RELEASE) 

- JUNE 2012. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the attack on the  Syrian TV station Al-Ikhbariya near Damascus where three journalists and four other employees were killed (read the PEC statement at the Human Rights Council on PEC NEWS)

- JUNE 2012. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes 2 major UN reports on protection of journalists delivered at the Human Rights Council: Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns and Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue (go to PEC NEWS and PRESS)

UN Special Rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Frank La Rue at a side event on protection of journalists in Geneva, 20 June 2012 (photo PEC)

- JUNE 2012. PEC AWARD - PRIX PEC. The PEC award 2012 for the protection of journalists goes to Syrian militants informing the world on the continuing blood bath in Syria since the beginning of the uprising to honor their work and relentless efforts while risking their lives, physical liquidation, imprisonment and torture // Le prix 2012 pour la protection des journalistes de la PEC est décerné aux militants syriens qui informent le monde extérieur des violences dans leur pays avec courage et persévérance au risque de leur vie, de l'emprisonnement et de la torture (Read press releases and speeches clicking left on our special page PEC AWARD)

Mazen Darwish and his colleagues of the Center for media freedom (SCM) are detained in Damascus since February 16 - other activists are prosecuted - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls for their immediate release

At a press conference in Geneva organized by PEC, the President of Syrian Democrats Dr Tawfik Chamaa called for a military intervention to stop the bloodshed in Syria (photo keystone)

- JUNE 2012. SYRIA. PEC STATEMENT at the Human Rights Council - 19th Special Session - The deteriorating human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic and the recent killings in El-Houleh (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)



ROMEO LANGLOIS EST LIBRE après 33 jours de captivité dans le sud de la Colombie aux mains de la guérilla des FARC. Il avait été capturé le 28 avril lors de l'attaque d'une brigade de l'armée qu'il accompagnait pour filmer une opération anti-drogue. La PEC rend hommage à son courage professionnel pour continuer à informer dans le contexte très dangereux de la Colombie (PEC-photo AFP)

- MAY 2012. THE PEC strongly condemns the murder of a sixth journalist in Somalia since the beginning of 2012 (see report on OTHER NEWS) 

- MAY 2012. The Doha Forum’s workshop on the recommendations of the International Conference on the Protection of Journalists is a welcome step in further calling international attention to and action on the unabated murders of media workers in many parts of the world - 60 killed since January as of today, said the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) - see reports on OTHER NEWS

- MAY 2012. MEXICO. PEC strongly condemns murder of three more journalists in Mexico, four in a week (see reports on PRESS)

- MAY 2012. PEC on World Press Freedom Day calls for the release of Mazen Darwish and his colleagues in Syria // A l'occasion de la Journée de la liberté de la presse, la PEC demande la libération de Mazen Darwish et de ses collègues en Syrie // En ocasión del Día de la libertad de la prensa, la PEC pide la liberación de Mazen Darwish y sus colegas en Siria (read full statement on PEC NEWS)

Mazen Darwish (photo) and his male colleagues Hussein Ghrer; Abd Rahman Al Hamada; Hani Zateni; and Mansour Al Omarie, are still detained since February. According to the Syrian Journalists Union, Mazen Darwish, held in solitary confinement, is suffering from a worsening health condition, after being tortured. In addition women staff at the Center Yara Bader; Razan Ghazzoui; Sanaa Meshn; Ayham Ghazzoul; Joan Ferso; and Bassam Al Ahmad have been summoned in front of the judge of the military justice in Damascus (PEC)

- APRIL 2012. French journalist Romeo Langlois kidnapped in Colombia - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls for his immediate release

PEC manifiesta su preocupación por  la situación del periodista francés Roméo Langlois (photo), desaparecido en Colombia // La PEC demande la libération du journaliste français Romeo Langlois disparu depuis le 29 avril en Colombie (see reports on PRESS and OTHER NEWS) 

- APRIL 2012. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns strongly the attacks in the capital of Nigeria Abuja and in Kaduna against the offices of the newspaper This Day (read on PEC NEWS, PRESS)

- APRIL 2012. Number of Journalists killed increased by 50 percent in 3 months // Hausse de 50% du nombre de journalistes tués en 3 mois // Aumenta en 50% el número de periodistas muertos // الزيادة 50 بالمائة في مقتل الصحفيين  (Read full English, French, Spanish, Arabic press release on PEC NEWS - click also left on page TICKING CLOCK, PRESS and OTHER NEWS)

- MARCH 2012. SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes strongly the adoption at the Human Rights Council of resolution A/HRC/19/L.38/Rev 1 on Syria presented by Denmark (on behalf of EU) and supported by a large number of countries condemning attacks against journalists and asking for full and unhindered access.  The PEC calls for its immediate implementation on the ground (go to PEC NEWS)

- MARCH 2012. CHINA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply concerned that Chinese officials have announced the closure to foreigners of the “Tibet Autonomous Region” from February 20 to March 31, 2012 as well as the close off of Tibetan areas in Sichuan and Qinghai provinces that have seen protests, crackdown and self-immolations (to read the PEC full statement at the Human Rights Council click left on PEC NEWS)



- MARCH 2012. Urgent debate on SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign PEC welcomes the adoption of the resolution by the Human Rights Council on the escalating grave human rights violations and deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic - statement delivered by PEC (click left on PEC NEWS, see also last news on PRESS)

- FEBRUARY 2012. Statement delivered at the Human Rights Council by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) on the occasion of the "Panel discussion on the promotion and protection of freedom of expression on the internet" (read full statement on PEC NEWS)

- FEBRUARY 2012. SYRIA. PEC strongly condemns killing of two journalists in Syria and launches an urgent appeal to the Human Rights Council - La PEC condamne le meurtre de deux journalistes en Syrie et lance un appel urgent au Conseil des droits de l'homme (click left on PEC NEWS)

- JANUARY 2012. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the recommendations of the International Conference on the Protection of Journalists in Dangerous Situations (Doha, Qatar, 22 and 23 January) as a historic milestone and an important step forward to enhance the protection of media employees in conflict zones (see PEC NEWS and PRESS)

- JANUARY 2012. SYRIE. Journaliste français tué en Syrie: la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) est consternée. Elle condamne dans les termes les plus vifs l'attentat qui a causé la mort de Gilles Jacquier et demande une enquête indépendante de l'ONU // SYRIA: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) saddened by the death of French journalist Gilles Jacquier // SIRIA : La PEC consternada por asesinato de periodista francés (go to PEC NEWS, French, English, Arabic and Spanish, lire aussi sous PRESS)


- DECEMBER 2011: PEC report 2011 - At least 106 journalists killed in the course of the year // Rapport annuel de la PEC - Au moins 106 journalistes tués en 2011 // PEC Informe - Al menos 106 periodistas asesinados en 2011 (Click left on PEC NEWS for the report in English, French, Spanish and Arabic)

- DECEMBER 2011. SYRIA. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) calls UN Human Rights Council to Insure the security of journalists during civil unrests in the Syrian Arab Republic // SYRIE. La PRESSE EMBLEME CAMPAGNE (PEC) demande au Conseil des droits de l'homme d'assurer la sécurité des journalistes au cours des violences dans la République arabe syrienne // 18a sesión especial del Consejo de
Derechos Humanos: la Campaña Emblema de Prensa pide Garantizar la seguridad de los periodistas durante la violencia en Siria (ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH, click left on PEC NEWS)

- NOVEMBER 2011. PEC strongly condemns sexual assaults on women journalists in Egypt // La PEC condamne les agressions sexuelles contre des journalistes en Egypte (read on PEC NEWS and details on PRESS)


- NOVEMBER 2011. At least 14 journalists injured in Egypt. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses solidarity with the Egyptian journalists and calls for an urgent independent enquiry // EGIPTO: PEC se solidariza con los periodistas egipcios y pide una investigación independiente (see PEC NEWS, English, Arabic, Spanish)

- NOVEMBER 2011. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the Vienna Expert Consultations on „Safety of Journalists: Towards a more effective international protection framework” (read on PEC NEWS, SEE ALSO PRESS)

- OCTOBER 2011. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) heartily congratulates Yemeni journalist Tawakkol Karman for winning this year's Nobel Peace Prize. As an active woman journalist, Korman has achieved a dual victory by not only honoring the profession by being at the center of the struggle but also a woman leading the news of the day (read the full PEC statement on PEC NEWS, English, Arabic)

- SEPTEMBER 2011. PEC STATEMENT AT THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. So far, 78 journalists killed in 2011 - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) alarmed by the deterioration in Latin America with 30 journalists killed in nine months // Déclaration de la PEC au Conseil des droits de l'homme. 78 journalistes tués depuis le début de l'année - la PEC alarmée par la détérioration en Amérique latine où 30 journalistes ont été tués en neuf mois // México se ha convertido en el país más peligroso del mundo para los periodistas, denunció hoy la ONG “Campaña Emblema de Prensa” en el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU - la situación en general de la prensa en América Latina es inquietante, con 30 periodistas asesinados desde enero (read the statement on PEC NEWS)

- SEPTEMBER 2011. LIBYA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls the International Commission of Inquiry to consider pursuing its investigations into the fate of media professionals. The PEC calls upon the new transitional government in Libya to rapidly investigate in all the incidents that involved the killing, kidnapping and ambushing of journalists and to report to the International Commission (read on PEC NEWS the PEC statement at the Human Rights Council) (new journalists injured, see PRESS)

- SEPTEMBER 2011. PEC calls on the Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution which will allow the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct a study that will document the grave violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms of journalists in the last 10 years and to investigate causes and consequences of these violations; propose the best means to protect journalists in zones of conflict or civil unrest (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)

- SEPTEMBER 2011. PEC STATEMENT AT THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. There is an urgent need to specifically protect journalists in the context of peaceful protests which could degenerate in violence (read the statement on PEC NEWS)

- AUGUST 2011. LIBYA. Journalists freed unharmed from Rixos hotel after being held by Gaddafi gunmen in Tripoli: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses relief - other journalists wounded and kidnapped - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the flagrant attacks against journalists and hostage taking in Libya. The situation in Libya remains very dangerous, warns the NGO. (click left on PEC NEWS for the PEC statement, on PRESS for details) 

- AUGUST 2011. SYRIA. Special session of the Human Rights Council. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) urges the Syrian Arab Republic to lift all restrictions on the exercise of the profession of journalist and to free all journalists imprisoned for reasons related to the exercise of their profession; to grant immediate access to the country to any foreign journalist who wants to fulfill his mission on the Syrian territory (read the PEC statement at the Human Rights Council on PEC NEWS)

- JULY 2011. PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN REPORT - Worldwide 52 journalists killed during the first 6 months of 2011 - Casualties among media represent a heavy toll in Arab countries // 52 journalistes tués au cours des six premiers mois de 2011 - lourd bilan dans les pays arabes // 52 PERIODISTAS ASESINADOS EN EL TRANSCURSO DEL PRIMER SEMESTRE DE 2011. PESADO BALANCE EN LOS PAISES ARABES // مقتل 52 صحفيا في الأشهر الستة الأولى من هذا العام  (click left on PEC NEWS for the report, English, French, Spanish, Arabic) 

- JUNE 2011: La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) soulagée par la libération des journalistes français otages depuis un an et demi en Afghanistan  - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) rejoices by the release of the two French journalists in Afghanistan after a year and a half in captivity (go to PEC NEWS, PRESS)

Immense soulagement à l'arrivée des deux journalistes à l'aéroport de Villacoublay, près de Paris, jeudi 30 juin, après l'une des plus longues prises d'otages


- JUNE 2011. The PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) award 2011 honors leading media and civil society who played a pivotal role in the success of the ongoing Arab Spring // Le Prix PEC 2011 récompense des militants et organisations ayant joué un rôle-clef dans le succès du "printemps arabe" // El Premio de la PEC 2011 recompensa a los militantes y organizaciones que han jugado un papel clave en el éxito de la « primavera árabe » //  حملة شعار الصحفي تكرم الصحفيين التونسيين و المدونين المصريين و منظمة التضامن الانساني ليبيا 
 (go to our special page PEC AWARD)

At the PEC award ceremony, in Geneva, from left to right: Neji Bghouri (Tunisia), Khaled Saleh (Libya), ambassador of Qatar Al-Dosari, PEC president Hedayat Abdelnabi and Ahmed Abdelaziz (Egypt) (photo PEC)




- MAY 2011. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins others to mark the 500 days that french reporters Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier have been held hostage in Afghanistan // La PEC se joint aux autres organisations pour marquer les 500 jours de détention des journalistes français Hervé Ghesquière et Stéphane Taponier en Afghanistan (go to PEC NEWS)

- MAY 2011. LIBYA: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) denounces attempts of using journalists as human shields by Gadhafi (click left on PEC NEWS for more and see the video)

- MAY 2011. World Press Freedom Day: The PEC denounces the repression of media during the evolving Arab Spring // Journée de la liberté de la presse: La PEC dénonce la répression envers les medias lors du printemps arabe // Dia de la libertad de prensa - Denuncia la PEC represión contra los medios durante la “primavera árabe” (go to PEC NEWS)

-  APRIL 2011. LIBYA. Two photoreporters killed in Misrata - four journalists killed in Libya (go to PEC NEWS, PRESS for details) - Journalists still detained and missing in Libya - (read articles on PRESS)

- APRIL 2011. GAZA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns strongly the killing of Vittorio Arrigoni (see PEC NEWS)

- APRIL 2011. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns targeted killings of journalists recently in Iraq and Libya, 23 killed since January in 12 countries, calls for a special session of the HRC // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) condamne les assassinats de journalistes en Irak et en Libye – 23 journalistes tués depuis le début de l’année dans 12 pays. L’ONG demande une session spéciale du Conseil de l’ONU sur le Bahreïn, la Syrie et le Yémen // La PEC condena el asesinato de periodistas en Iraq y en Libia- 23 periodistas asesinados desde el inicio del año en 12 países. La ONG pide una sesión especial del Consejo de la ONU sobre Bahrein, Siria y Yemen (more on PEC NEWS)

- APRIL 2011. LIBYA. JOURNALISTS MISSING, DETAINED. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) urges Libyan authorities to release all journalists detained (see PEC NEWS, PRESS)

- APRIL 2011: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) denounces the killing of 21 journalists during the first 3 months of 2011 (22 for the same period in 2010) in 12 countries - Iraq (4 journalists killed) and Pakistan (3 killed) most dangerous countries (see details on page Ticking Clock)


- MARCH 2011. LIBYA. Deeply shocked, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns bad treatments of journalists detained - Freed New York Times journalists held by Libyan government recall nightmarish ordeal (see PEC NEWS)

Journalists in Libya facing heavy risks to cover the conflict - Read the full story of New York Times journalists held and tortured in Libya (link to NYT story on our page PEC NEWS)

- MARCH 2011. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) warmly welcomes the new Secretary-General of the IFJ amidst growing dangers for journalists in Libya (go to PEC NEWS)

- MARCH 2011. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns in the strongest possible manner the ambush prepared for Aljazeera crew near Benghazi that left its cameraman Ali Hassan Al Jaber dead (go to PEC NEWS)

- MARCH 2011. Oral statement of the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) at the Human Rights Council: the PEC calls upon the United Nations to take concrete steps (see PEC NEWS)   

- MARCH 2011. LIBYA. Journalists targeted, beaten, injured, detained, missing: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) very worried (see PEC NEWS)

- MARCH 2011. CHINA. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) CONCERNED BY USE OF FORCE AGAINST JOURNALISTS IN CHINA. More Crackdown Incidents; Authorities Use Force to Prevent Reporting of Jasmine Rallies (go to OTHER NEWS) 

- MARCH 2011. LIBYA. PEC calls upon Human Rights Council for an independent inquiry on attacks on media in Arab countries facing unrest // La PEC demande au Conseil des droits de l’homme une enquête indépendante sur les attaques commises à l’encontre des media dans les pays arabes // PEC pide al Consejo de Derechos Humanos una investigación independiente sobre los ataques a los medios de comunicación durante los disturbios en curso en los países árabes (click left on PEC NEWS, OTHER NEWS) 

- FEBRUARY 2011. LIBYA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns restrictions on media coverage, internet access. A blanket ban on foreign journalists entering Libya has meant that facts are hard to verify (see PEC NEWS, updates on PRESS)

- FEBRUARY 2011: EGYPT - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the attack against CBS journalist Lara Logan (click left on PEC NEWS and PRESS)

- FEBRUARY 2011: EGYPT - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses hope that Egypt’s transition period will bring about a genuine and free press  to the Arab region  (go to PEC NEWS)

-  FEBRUARY 2011: EGYPTE - la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) dénonce au moins 150 incidents visant les medias et une tactique inutile des pro-Moubarak – elle demande à l’ONU d’enquêter // Egypt: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) denounces at least 150 incidents targeting the media and useless tactics of the Mubarak supporters -- it asks the United Nations to investigate // Egipto: La PEC denuncia al menos 150 incidentes contra los medios de comunicación y las tácticas inútiles de los partidarios de Mubarak. La ONG pide a las Naciones Unidas que investigue (go to PEC NEWS, PRESS, OTHER NEWS)

- FEBRUARY 2011: EGYPT - URGENT APPEAL - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls upon Egyptian authorities to release all detained journalists and to ensure the security of all foreign and Egyptian journalists during demonstrations // PEC hace un llamamiento a las autoridades egipcias para que liberen a todos los periodistas detenidos y garantice la seguridad de todos los periodistas extranjeros y egipcios durante las manifestaciones en curso // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) demande aux autorités égyptiennes de libérer tous les journalistes et de garantir la sécurité de tous les journalistes égyptiens et étrangers lors des manifestations (go to PEC NEWS)

- FEBRUARY 2011: EGYPT - Publishing houses and journalists under attack, the PEC condemns strongly those heinous attacks, PEC calls for urgent investigation//Medias et journalistes attaqués, la PEC condamne ces agressions honteuses et demande d'urgence une enquête  (go to PEC NEWS)

- JANUARY 2011. EGYPT: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) deplores interruption of Internet services in Egypt, arrests and attacks against journalists // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) dénonce l'interruption des services internet, les arrestations et attaques de journalistes en Egypte // La Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) deplora la interrupción del Internet en Egipto, así como el arresto y los ataques perpetrados contra periodistas (for more go to PEC NEWS, OTHER NEWS, PRESS)

- JANVIER 2011:  TUNISIE: la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) salue le retour de la liberté de la presse dans un pays arabe // The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) rejoices that journalists in Tunisia have regained their freedom // TUNEZ. La PEC saluda el regreso de la libertad de prensa en un país árabe (go to PEC NEWS and PRESS)

- JANUARY 2011: TUNISIA - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) CALLS ON TUNISIAN GOVERNMENT TO LIFT CENSORSHIP AND ALLOWS A FREE PRESS // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) demande aux autorités de Tunis de lever la censure et de permettre aux journalistes tunisiens et étrangers d'enquêter librement sur les troubles dans le pays (go to: PEC NEWS and PRESS)

- JANUARY 2011: WORLD PEC UPDATE - FINAL FIGURE FOR 2010: 110 journalists killed (see PEC NEWS, TICKING CLOCK)

- DECEMBER 2010: WORLD PEC REPORT: 105 journalists killed during the year, 529 in five years - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) denounces the death of 105 journalists in 33 countries during 2010. According to the PEC report some 529 journalists were killed over a period of 5 years, on average 2 every week // RAPPORT DE LA PEC: 105 journalistes tués en 2010, 529 en cinq ans La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) dénonce la mort de 105 journalistes au cours de l'année 2010 dans 33 pays. Dans son rapport annuel, l'ONG constate également que 529 journalistes ont été tués en cinq ans, soit en moyenne deux par semaine. // PEC- INFORME 2010: 105 periodistas asesinados durante el año. 529 en cinco años - La Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) denuncia la muerte de 105 periodistas en 33 países en el transcurso del año 2010. En su informe anual, la ONG constata igualmente que 529 periodistas han sido asesinados en los últimos cinco años, lo que significa un promedio de dos por semana (suite sur PEC NEWS, go to PEC NEWS)


- DECEMBRE 2010: LIBEREZ LES OTAGES: la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) exprime sa solidarité avec Hervé Ghesquière et Stéphane Taponier, nos confrères français enlevés en Afghanistan par un groupe taliban il y a un an le 20 décembre 2009, et demande leur libération inconditionnelle. (voir sur: www.liberezles.net)

- DECEMBER 2010: ALERT PAKISTAN: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC)strongly condemns the killing of four journalists in two weeks (go to OTHER NEWS, TICKING CLOCK)

- DECEMBER 2010. WIKILEAKS, the US Embassy Cables and the right to know: read opinions on our page OTHER NEWS

- NOVEMBER 2010. PHILIPPINES. GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION: NEVER AGAIN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins a global day of action to mark the Ampatuan massacre, one year after. On November 23, 2009, 32 journalists and media workers were brutally murdered in a massacre of at least 57 people in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao in the southern Philippines. The PEC marking this date is sending a letter to the new President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino calling upon the President to take serious steps to ensure that justice is delivered to the families of the killed journalists (go to PEC NEWS for letter and more) 

 - NOVEMBER 2010. RUSSIA. A TURNING POINT ? MOSCOW JOURNALIST ATTACKERS WILL BE PUNISHED, SAID PRESIDENT DMITRY MEDVEDEV (go to PEC NEWS and see the video of the attack against Russian journalist Oleg Kashin)

- NOVEMBER 2010:  UPR review of the United States at the UN Human Rights Council - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls for the protection of the WikiLeaks investigative journalism (photo Julian Assange). WikiLeaks has come under increasing pressure since July, when it first published 77,000 secret U.S. documents on the war in Afghanistan. "We have never faced such difficulties as an organization as in the past three months," he said in Geneva, flanked by two bodyguards (go to PEC NEWS)

- OCTOBRE 2010: OTAGES DEPUIS 300 JOURS EN AFGHANISTAN - la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) exprime sa profonde solidarité avec Hervé Ghesquière et Stéphane Taponier, enlevés, lundi 25 octobre, depuis 300 jours en Afghanistan, avec leurs trois accompagnateurs, alors qu’ils réalisaient un reportage pour la télévision française France 3.

La PEC demande aux ravisseurs de mettre fin immédiatement et sans conditions à la détention intolérable, inutile et sans aucune justification des journalistes et de leurs acompagnateurs. ( Voir tous les détails sur: www.liberezles.net)

- AFGHANISTAN. Read also: Award-winning photographer embedded with US troops severely wounded in Afghanistan (go to PRESS) 


- SEPTEMBER 2010: Press Emblem Campaign Media Casualties Report: 90 journalists killed in 9 months a horrifying and worrying increase // Augmentation alarmante du nombre de journalistes tués : 90 journalistes tués en 9 mois // Alarmante aumento del número de periodistas asesinados : 90 en nueve meses (go to PEC NEWS, TICKING CLOCK) 

- SEPTEMBER 2010: THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) WELCOMES THE REPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONNER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS on the panel discussion on the protection of journalists in armed conflict and suppports its recommendations (A/HRC/15/54). We publish the full report in order to disseminate the report (go to PEC NEWS)


- AUGUST 2010: PEC condemns the killing of Lebanese journalist Assaf Abu Rahhal (see PEC NEWS)

- JULY 2010: ALERT IRAQ - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns in the strongest possible manner the attack by a suicide car bomb in Baghdad on the Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiya in which four employees and two members of the public were killed (go to PEC NEWS, PRESS, OTHER NEWS) 


- JULY 2010: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) deplores and condemns the killing of 59 journalists in six months // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) déplore et condamne l'assassinat de 59 journalistes en six mois // DEPLORA LA PEC EL ASESINATO DE 59 PERIODISTAS EN SEIS MESES (go to: PEC NEWS - English, French and Spanish- PRESS)

- AFGHANISTAN: SIX MOIS DE DETENTION. Deux journalistes français sont retenus en otages en Afghanistan depuis exactement six mois le 29 juin. Hervé Ghesquière et Stéphane Taponier, journalistes pour la chaîne de télévision France 3 et leurs trois accompagnateurs afghans ont été enlevés le 30 décembre dans la province de Kapisa, dans l'est de l'Afghanistan. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) exprime sa solidarité avec l'épreuve des otages et de leur famille et demande une nouvelle fois leur libération immédiate. Les journalistes ne représentent pas leur gouvernement et ne défendent pas la présence des soldats français en Afghanistan. Ce sont seulement des témoins indépendants des parties au conflit. Rien ne justifie leur détention (see PRESS).  


- JUNE 2010. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) warmly welcomes the panel discussion on the protection of journalists in armed conflict at the Human Rights Council - La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) se félicite de l'organisation d'un débat sur la protection des journalistes au Conseil des droits de l'homme (go to: PEC NEWS)

More than 20 States and a dozen NGOs made oral statements during a three hours' discussion with six experts on protection of journalists in armed conflict, the first one at the Human Rights Council. Many speakers stressed the need to fight impunity (photo: during the debate in room XX at the United Nations' building in Geneva) (go to PEC NEWS)

- JUNE 2010. PEC award 2010 goes to the families of the victims of the 32 slain journalists in the Philippines massacre of 23 November 2009 and to the Center for Media Freedoms and Responsibility (CMFR) Manila, the Philippines as well as to  the Ambassador of Egypt to the UN in Geneva Hisham Badr // Le Prix PEC 2010 pour la protection des journalistes est décerné aux familles des 32 journalistes tués le 23 novembre aux Philippines, au Centre pour la liberté et la responsabilité des medias aux Philippines (CMFR) ainsi qu'à l'ambassadeur d'Egypte à l'ONU à Genève Hisham Badr // El Premio PEC 2010 por la protección de los periodistas fue concedido a los familiares de 32 periodistas caídos el 23 de noviembre durante una matanza en Filipinas, al Centro para la libertad y la responsabilidad de los medios en Filipinas (CMFR) así como al embajador de Egipto ante la ONU en Ginebra, Hisham Badr (go to our special page PEC AWARD).

- MAY 2010. ISRAEL. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the assault on media accompanying and covering the GAZA flotilla journey when Israeli commandoes attacked the flotilla Monday (go to PEC NEWS) (OTHER NEWS)



- MAY 2010. WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins call for a minute of silence to denounce impunity // Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse:  la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) se joint à l’appel pour une minute de silence pour dénoncer l'impunité // JORNADA INTERNACIONAL DE LA LIBERTAD DE PRENSA: LA PEC RESPALDA LLAMAMIENTO DE LA UNESCO Y DENUNCIA LA IMPUNIDAD (go to PEC NEWS)

- OTAGES EN AFGHANISTAN DEPUIS QUATRE MOIS: la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) inquiète du sort de deux journalistes français de la chaîne de télévision FR3, Hervé Ghesquière et Stéphane Taponier, détenus depuis quatre mois en Afghanistan, demande à nouveau leur libération immédiate (see OTHER NEWS)

- APRIL 2010: Reuters' cameraman killed in demonstrations in Bangkok (see PRESS) - First video of two French journalists kidnapped in December in Afghanistan (go to OTHER NEWS) - ALERT NIGERIA: 3 journalists killed (go to PRESS)

- APRIL 2010: IRAQ. SEVEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins media organisations across the world in commemorating the seven-year anniversary of two attacks by the United States in Iraq which resulted in the deaths of several journalists. This year’s April 8 anniversary coincides with publication by Wikileaks of a video which reportedly portrays a US military helicopter in July 2007 opening fire on and killing civilians in Baghdad, among them Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Sameed Chmagh (click left on: OTHER NEWS)  

- APRIL 2010: THE PEC DENOUNCES WORRYING DEVELOPMENTS: 22 journalists killed in three months, more than half in Latin America - La PEC dénonce une évolution inquiétante: 22 journalistes tués en trois mois, dont plus de la moitié en Amérique latine - 22 periodistas asesinados desde enero, más de la mitad en América Latina (go to PEC NEWS)



- MARCH 2010: ALERT MEXICO, HONDURAS. FIVE JOURNALISTS KILLED IN MEXICO SINCE JANUARY, FIVE MURDERS IN HONDURAS IN MARCH - cinq journalistes tués au Mexique depuis janvier, cinq meurtres au Honduras en mars - cincos periodistas asesinados desde enero en Mexico, cincos en Honduras en menos de cuatros semanas (go to TICKING CLOCK, PRESS, OTHER NEWS) 


- FEB 2010. SPECIAL HAITI: 26 journalists killed in the earthquake - la PEC rend hommage aux journalistes tués en Haïti (go to PEC NEWS) 

- FEB 2010. A MILESTONE FOR THE PROTECTION OF JOURNALISTS:  ECOSOC NGO COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) FOR  CONSULTATIVE STATUS AT THE UNITED NATIONS // Une étape importante pour la protection des journalistes: le comité des ONG de l'ECOSOC recommande le statut consultatif à l'ONU pour la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC)// EL COMITÉ DE LAS ONG DEL ECOSOC RECOMIENDA EL ESTATUS CONSULTATIVO A LA CAMPAÑA EMBLEMA DE PRENSA (click left on PEC NEWS for the PEC statement) 

- JAN 2010. The PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) EXPRESSES ITS SOLIDARITY WITH THE HAITIAN JOURNALISTS // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) solidaire des journalistes haïtiens (informations et témoignages, cliquez à gauche sur: PEC NEWS)


- JAN 2010. ANNUAL REPORT of the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) : 2009 a dark year: 121 journalists killed representing an increase of 33 percent over 2008 // Rapport annuel de la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) : 2009 année noire pour les medias : un record de 121 journalistes tués, en hausse de 33% par rapport à 2008 // Informe anual de la Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) : 2009 un año negro para los medios: un récord de 121 periodistas asesinados, un alza del 33% en relación con 2008 (click left on PEC NEWS for the report) (for details on casualties, click on TICKING CLOCK) 


- DEC 2009. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) shocked: 3 journalists killed and six wounded in suicide bombing in Somalia (go to OTHER NEWS, PEC NEWS)

- NOV. 2009. The massacre of 59 civilians, including 32 journalists, in the Philippines highlights the need to act against private militias and warlords angered by stories uncovering corruption. President Arroyo’s decisions so far not enough to fight impunity, said the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) (go to PEC News, read other reactions on OTHER NEWS, PRESS)  


- NOV 2009. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes statements on protection of journalists at the international conference on "60 years of the Geneva Conventions and the decades to come" and suppports Kofi Annan's call "to undermine the culture of denial" (go for our statement to: PEC NEWS)

- NOV 2009. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) very concerned by the ban on media in Pakistan (go to: OTHER NEWS)

- OCT 2009. More than 70 journalists killed since the beginning of the year – The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes Human Rights Council resolution calling for free unfettered access for journalists in conflict zones // Plus de 70 journalistes tués depuis janvier - La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) salue l'adoption d'une résolution du Conseil des droits de l'homme sur la liberté d'expression // Mas de 70 periodistas asesinados desde enero – La PEC saluda la adopción de una resolucion sobre la libertad de expresion efectuada por el Consejo de los Derechos Humanos de la ONU (go to: PEC NEWS)

- SEPT 2009: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes resolution on Freedom of Expression at the twelfth session of the UN Human Rights Council (A/HRC/12/L.14) sponsored by United States of America and Egypt - la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) se félicite de la présentation d'une résolution sur la liberté d'expression par les Etats-Unis et l'Egypte à la 12e session du Conseil des droits de l'homme (READ THE TEXT OF THE RESOLUTION ON: PEC NEWS)

- SEPT 2009: Afghanistan reporting affected by growing risks (click left on PRESS, OTHER NEWS)

- JULY 2009: Increase in the number of journalists killed during the first
six months of 2009 : 53 journalists killed compared to 45 for the same period in 2008 // Hausse du nombre de journalistes tués au cours des six premiers mois de 2009: 53 journalistes tués contre 45 au cours de la même période de 2008 // Aumenta el número de periodistas asesinados durante los primeros seis meses de 2009. La PEC informa de 53 periodistas asesinados contra 45 en el mismo periodo de 2008.  (click left on: PEC NEWS, TICKING CLOCK) 

- JUNE 2009: ceremony for the first Prize for the Protection of Journalists (go to: PEC AWARD)

- JUNE 2009: the Press Emblem Campaign supports conclusions and recommendations on Safety and protection of media professionnals submitted to the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue (go to PEC NEWS)

- MAY 2009: Marking World Press Freedom Day the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) announces its first annual prize, June 4 as a day for the remembrance of journalists who fell in the line of duty // Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse: la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) crée un Prix pour la protection des journalistes et propose le 4 juin comme Journée en mémoire des journalistes tués // Jornada Mundial de la Libertad de la Prensa - La Campana Emblema de Prensa (PEC) crea un premio por la proteccion de los periodistas y propone el 4 de junio como Jornada en memoria de los periodistas asesinados  (go to PEC NEWS and REMEMBER) 

- APRIL 2009: in three months, 35 journalists killed in 16 countries - Pakistan the most dangerous country // En trois mois, 35 journalistes tués dans 16 pays - le Pakistan pays le plus dangereux // En tres meses, 35 periodistas asesinados en 16 paises - Pakistan el pais de mayor peligrosidad (go to PEC NEWS, TICKING CLOCK, PRESS)

- MARCH 2009: open letter from the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the occasion of her visit to Geneva (read the letter on PEC NEWS) 

- MARCH 2009: Media protection crisis : 26 journalists killed since the beginning of the year – the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls upon the Human Rights Council to react  // La crise de protection des journalistes s'aggrave : 26 journalistes tués depuis le début de l’année - la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) lance un appel au Conseil des droits de l'homme // La crisis de protección de los periodistas se amplia: 26 periodistas asesinados desde el inicio del ano.  La PEC hace un llamamiento al Consejo de Derechos Humanos (go to PEC NEWS) 

- FEB 2009: A bad start for the media community: 14 journalists killed in one month, reports the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) // L'année 2009 a très mal commencé, déplore la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC), avec 14 journalistes tués // 2009 Mal comienzo para los medios de comunicación: 14 periodistas muertos , segun la Campana Emblema de Prensa (PEC) - (go to PEC NEWS, TICKING CLOCK, OTHER NEWS)

- JAN 2009: GAZA - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns strongly shelling a building hosting media offices in Gaza // la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) condamne vigoureusement le bombardement d'un immeuble abritant plusieurs medias à Gaza (go to PEC NEWS, PRESS, OTHER NEWS)

- JAN 2009: GAZA - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes Human Rights Council's call for free access to media through media corridors // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) salue l'appel du Conseil des droits de l'homme à faciliter le libre accès des medias à Gaza au travers de couloirs pour les medias  (go to PEC NEWS, read also OTHER NEWS and PRESS)

- JAN 2009: MEDIA BAN IN GAZA: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns Israeli attacks against Palestinian media installations, calls for media access to cover the Gaza conflict, calls for an independent commission of enquiry (go to PEC NEWS)

- JAN 2009: first media casualty in 2009 reported in Somalia (go to PEC NEWS) 


- DEC 2008: PEC second informal consultation with representatives of governments at the United Nations in Geneva (read the summary of the meeting on PEC NEWS) 


- DEC 2008: PEC statement - 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - 60e anniversaire de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme - 60 aniversario de la Declaracion Universal de Derechos Humanos (English, French and Spanish - click left on PEC NEWS)

- NOV 2008: DRC: the PEC shocked by the killing of a journalist of Radio Okapi - RDC: la PEC choquée par l'assassinat d'un journaliste de Radio Okapi (go to PEC NEWS, Ticking Clock, PRESS)

- NOV 2008: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins the world media in denouncing the ban on media coverage in Gaza (go to PEC NEWS)

- NOV 2008: Launch of an informal working group on the Protection of Journalists between UN member states and the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC). Some 20 UN missions and 40 participants responded positively to the PEC invitation (click left on PEC NEWS for photos and details)    

- NOV 2008: Barack Obama new US President - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) rejoices with the American people, looks forward to a more right and just world (go to PEC NEWS) 

- NOV 2008: PEC Monthly Report: 8 journalists killed in October, Media victims 79 in 31 countries up to 31 October 2008 - Huit victimes de plus en octobre, ce qui porte à 79 le nombre de journalistes tués depuis janvier jusqu’à fin octobre dans 31 pays - Ocho víctimas mortales más en el mes de octubre. Se eleva a 79 el número de periodistas asesinados en 31 países - hasta el 31 de octubre de 2008 (click left on PEC NEWS, OTHER NEWS, MEDIA TICKING CLOCK). 

- OCT 2008: la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) félicite l'Union internationale de la presse francophone (UPF) pour son soutien au projet de convention sur la protection des journalistes dans les zones de conflit et de violences internes, apporté au terme de ses assises à Montréal (Canada) (lire sur PEC NEWS)

- OCT 2008: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) Joins World Journalists Call for End of Impunity in Russia on Second Anniversary of Politkovskaya Killing (go to OTHER NEWS)

- OCT 2008: PEC welcomes new UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression Frank La Rue (go to PEC NEWS)

- OCT 2008: PEC September Monthly Report - New Spiral of Violence in Iraq alarming - 71 journalists killed in nine months in 30 countries - Rapport mensuel de la PEC  septembre: Nouvelle spirale alarmante de la violence en Irak – 71 journalistes tués en neuf mois depuis janvier dans 30 pays (go to PEC NEWS) 

- SEPT 2008: Iraq - PEC appalled at the attack against the Iraqi Syndicate of Journalists and his president and co-founder of the PEC Moaid Al-Lamy (go to PEC NEWS)

- SEPT 2008: Georgia - visiting Geneva, the president of the Independent Association of Georgian Journalists requests the UN member States to discuss the needs for the legal protection of journalists in conflict zones (go to PEC NEWS)

- SEPT 2008: Four journalists of Al-Sharqiya TV killed in Iraq - PEC welcome announcement by Iraqi Foreign Minister for more protection for Journalists (go to PEC NEWS, Media ticking clock)

- SEPT 2008: letter addressed by the PEC to the president of the UN Human Rights Council on the occasion of the opening of the 9th session (go to PEC NEWS) 

- Monthly report August 2008: 15 journalists killed, highest tally since the beginning of the year - août, mois le plus tragique depuis le début de l'année: 15 journalistes tués (click left on PEC NEWS, PRESS, MEDIA TICKING CLOCK) - Read also page OTHER NEWS for the killing of the owner of Ingushetia news website in Nazran (Russia)

- AUGUST 2008: killing of Fadel Shana in Gaza : Israeli army decision endangers journalists (click left on PEC NEWS, OTHER NEWS, PRESS)


- 45 journalists killed in six months in 2008, 221 in two years (see the PEC Media Ticking Clock for details)

- JUNE 2008: deeply shocked, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing of two BBC correspondents in Somalia and Afghanistan (click left on PEC news)

- JUNE 2008: 214 journalists killed in two years since the creation of the Human Rights Council - 214 journalistes tués en deux ans depuis la création du Conseil des droits de l'homme - 214 periodistas asesinados desde la creacion del Consejo de Derechos Humanos (click left on PEC NEWS, English, French and Spanish statements)

- MAY 2008 - LEBANON: PEC strongly condemns the wave of attacks on the Lebanese media (go to PEC NEWS and OTHER NEWS) 

- MAY 2008 - BURMA: PEC denounces in the strongest possible manner denial of access to journalists in Burma - Access to information must be enabled to ensure effective relief in aftermath of cyclone. It can save numerous lives (go to PEC NEWS)  

- MAY 2008 - WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY: no progress - 28 journalists killed since the beginning of the year - JOURNEE DE LA LIBERTE DE LA PRESSE: aucun progrès - 28 journalistes tués depuis le début de l'année - DIA DE LA LIBERTAD DE LA PRENSA: ningun progreso - 28 periodistas asesinados desde el inicio del ano (go to PEC NEWS: french, english and spanish) (To read other statements consult our page: OTHER NEWS)


- APRIL 2008: at least 20 journalists killed since the beginning of the year - global consultation: PEC reminds UN member States to react to the draft convention (go to PEC NEWS)

- MARCH 2008: special - 7th session of the Human Rights Council - possible measures for the protection of journalists (go to PEC NEWS) - TIBET: PEC urges full independant media access (go to OTHER NEWS for reports on Tibet)

- FEB 2008: new dimension of attacks againt journalists - eight journalists killed in February (go to PEC NEWS)

- JAN 2008: PEC condemns the killing of seven journalists in seven countries in january (See "PEC NEWS" and "MEDIA TICKING CLOCK")

- JAN 2008: REMEMBER HRANT DINK: first anniversary of editor's murder in Turkey (click on "PEC NEWS", "OTHER NEWS" AND "PRESS")


- DEC 2007. Jamais autant de journalistes tués qu'en 2007, déplore la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) - Media casualties in 2007: a record year - Jamas tantos periodistas asesinados durante 2007 (French, English  and Spanish) (go to: "PEC NEWS")


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