#WorldPressFreedomDay: 900 journalists killed in last decade

The UN says journalists suffer character assassinations, detention and sometimes even death while simply doing their jobs.

FILE: Antonio Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York in April 2016. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations (UN) has called for a global end to attacks and crackdowns on journalists in recognition of World Press Freedom Day.

The UN says journalists suffer character assassinations, detention and sometimes even death while simply doing their jobs.

Over 900 journalists have been killed in the last 10 years alone.

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres says a free press advances peace and justice for all.

“We need leaders to defend the free media. This is crucial to countering prevailing misinformation. We need everyone to stand up for truth. When we protect journalists, their words and pictures can change our world.”