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OAS Secretary General Urges to Combat Violence against Journalists: “the Most Extreme Form of Censorship”
Nov 2, 2015 - 11:09:46 AM

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Today, on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, called for the protection of the life and rights of media professionals and for the adoption of measures to prevent violence against journalists, which he described as “the most extreme form of censorship.”

“We raise our voice to remember the most extreme form of censorship that exists, the elimination of the critical voices of those who report to their communities on matters of public interest,” said Secretary General Almagro.

Since the proclamation in 2013 of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the United Nations has been urging states to adopt concrete measures to fight against that crime. In the framework of the OAS, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), through the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, has focused, as a matter of priority, on the issue of violence against journalists and has paid special attention to the investigation of such crimes, as well as the reporting and solving of cases.

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