The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) has warned of a “sharp rise” in the number of demonstrations in the first half of 2020 in which police and security forces were raped.
It did so in a report released this Monday which found that between January and June 21 protests were tarnished by attacks on journalists, who were even arrested or killed.
The work “Safety of Journalists Covering Protests: Maintaining Freedom of the Press in Times of Trouble” focuses on an “upward trend” in the “illegal use” of force by police and armed forces security over the past five years.
In 2015 the work of journalists covering protests around the world was hindered up to 15 times. According to the study, that number doubled to 32 in 2019. According to the report, a “new” and “worrying” threshold has been crossed, indicating a “growing threat to press freedom and access to” information in all regions of the planet “.