Human rights journalists and media workers around the world are facing harassment and threats without adequate protection by local authorities. Earlier this month Amnesty International [advocacy website] urged [JURIST report] the Sudanese government to cease its press censorship. The government engaged in such activities by seizing newspapers from the printing press or arresting journalists for publishing controversial stories. In early May UNESCO expressed concern over the murder of a Mexican journalist who was found in Veracruz despite the effort by the Mexican government to protect [JURIST reports] this group through legislation. In March UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya [official website] outlined [JURIST report] the risks and challenges faced by human rights journalists and media workers and called for heightened protection. In September Bokova condemned [JURIST report] Syria for its continued practice of torturing and detaining journalists in an effort to undermine the freedom of expression.
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