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UN, partners renew pledge to protect journalists

Nov. 24, 2012 10:46 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 24, 2012 10:46 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- During a UN-led meeting in Vienna, the world body and its partners on Friday renewed their pledge to improve safety for journalists and prosecute those who commit acts against them through a new plan to protect media workers.

The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity follows two days of discussions by UN agencies, independent experts, governments, media houses, and civil society organizations on the most pressing issues facing freedom of expression, the UN News Centre reported.

More than 100 journalists have been killed so far this year, making 2012 the deadliest year for media since UNESCO began keeping records on the issue, the center said.

The new action plan outlines more than 100 areas of work that different UN agencies and civil society groups intend to contribute to securing the safety of journalists, and will operate at the national and global level, it said.

Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists during an eight-day assault on the Gaza Strip that ended late Wednesday.
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