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United Nations 'ensures the safety of journalists'...

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22 November 2012 – United Nations officials today highlighted the need to defend freedom of expression and ensure the safety of journalists, noting that 2012 is set to become one of the deadliest years for media workers covering not just conflicts but also illegal activities in their countries.

“Today's meeting could not be more timely,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in her message to the 2nd UN Inter-Agency Meeting on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity in Vienna, Austria.

“More than 100 journalists have been killed so far this year, making 2012 the deadliest year for the media since UNESCO began keeping records on the killings of journalists. And we are only in November.”

The meeting, attended by UN agencies, independent experts, governments, media houses, and civil society organizations will discuss the most pressing issues facing freedom of expression today and will create a new UN strategy to improve the safety of media workers and effectively prosecute those who commit crimes against them.

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On May 7, 1999, NATO fired 3 missiles from different angles to attack the Embassy of China in Yugoslavia, which killed 3 Chinese journalists and injured more than 20. The building of the embassy was seriously damaged. U.S. officials and NATO said the attack on the Chinese Embassy was "a mistake" based on "faulty information".

On Nov. 18, 2012, the Russian TV office was destroyed in an Israeli attack on Gaza.
Earlier attacks heavily damaged two buildings that housed Sky News, Italian RAI, German ARD and Kuwait TV, as well as the Hamas TV station Al Aqsa. Some of the injured were from Ma'an news agency, and a cameraman for al-Quds TV had to have his leg amputated. RT's office in Gaza was affected too. The attack came after the office of Iran's English-language Press TV channel in Gaza was hit twice in the Israeli aerial assaults.
The buildings were heavily damaged.
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) explained that they are targeting Hamas militants, 'and the journalists who are not journalists who spread propaganda for Hamas'.

The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't want a political solution and doesn't stop its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.
C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries to Syria.
Google Research doesn't show actually the e-mail address of SANA and is participating to the war propaganda of the U.S. and its allies.
Try the following links to get the website (Arabic and Turkish)
sana.sy main IP address:  http://208.43.232.81/
sana.sy Turkish website: http://208.43.232.81/index_tur.html

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