Archive for May 1st, 2020

01/05/2020

World Press Freedom Day: The Assault on Media Freedom in Asia Worsens During COVID-19 Pandemic

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 29 2020 (IPS)* – May 3rd marks World Press Freedom Day around the world. During this COVID-19 pandemic, a robust media environment is critical: access to life-saving information is key in the fight against the virus. As governments impose a range of restrictions in attempts to curb the pandemic, journalists help hold authorities to account by providing analysis, engaging in debate about government actions, and creating a space for dialogue about the future we all hope to see.

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01/05/2020

Journalism without Fear or Favour – World Press Freedom Day

2 photos: left is a female photo journalist amidst riot police, right a male journalist in a recording studio wearing a face mask.
Journalists in the line of duty. Photo credits: left – UNESCO; right – UN Photo/Evan Schneider.
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UNESCO is launching a global campaign on media and social media channels, with a focus on “Journalism without Fear or Favour” in an increasingly complex media landscape. Join them on May 3rd for an interactive free livestreamed event to celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2020: ” Difference Day Conference 2020.”
01/05/2020

US: Workers Must Risk Infection or Lose Unemployment Payments

Human Wrongs Watch

(teleSUR)*On Thursday [30 April 2020], the Labor Department reported that the business shutdowns and stay-at-home orders caused by the pandemic have led 30 million Americans to file for unemployment insurance.

Some of the millions of American workers laid off because of the COVID-19 are beginning to face a tough choice.Some of the millions of American workers laid off because of the COVID-19 are beginning to face a tough choice. | Photo: EFE

Some, among the millions of American workers laid off because of the COVID-19, are beginning to face a tough choice — return to work and risk infection, or stay home and risk losing unemployment payments, The Associated Press reported Thursday [30 April 2020].

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01/05/2020

‘U.S. Must Urgently Lift Its Blockade on Cuba’ to Save Lives amid the Expanding COVID-19 Crisis – UN Human Rights Experts

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The United States must urgently lift its blockade on Cuba to save lives amid the expanding COVID-19 crisis, UN human rights experts stressed on Thursday [30 April 2020], emphasizing that the more than six-decades-old sanctions are impeding the supply of medicine, medical equipment, food and other goods essential to surviving the pandemic.

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UN Cuba | Health personnel from the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine in Havana, Cuba

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