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PEC concerned over journalists' safety in Myanmar, Belarus, Afghanistan

  • Published at 08:25 pm March 15th, 2021
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These acts of intimidation must stop, and freedom of expression must be fully restored, including on the Internet, said PEC

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has expressed concern over the deterioration of the safety of journalists in the last few weeks in Myanmar, Belarus, and Afghanistan.

PEC made the observations in a video statement delivered at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council.

The NGO condemns the threats against the media and arrests of journalists by the new regime in Myanmar.

These acts of intimidation must stop, and freedom of expression must be fully restored, including on the Internet, added the statement. 

The PEC calls on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release two young journalists of Belsat-TV arbitrarily detained in Minsk. Katsiaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova have only done their job. 

The PEC is also very worried by the killing of four journalists in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year, including three female journalists. Terrorists’ acts targeting the media are on the rise. The international community must increase its help to the Afghan people, and not abandon it to terrorist groups said the PEC.

"Finally, we regret the decision of the United States of America to continue to seek the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and calls for his release by the British authorities as soon as possible," said PEC. 

The PEC reminds the Human Rights Council of the resolution on the safety of journalists adopted by consensus in October last year and calls upon all its Members to fully implement it.

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