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Journalists and the truth must be protected

A THOUSAND journalists killed in the last two decades, many more imprisoned, with China, Turkey, North Korea, Egypt and some Arab states being the worst offenders.

Only 14% of the world receives "free" reporting, but in the West even that is compromised by the treatment of whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.

The first casualty of war is the truth and this is recently illustrated by the slanted coverage of Ukraine and the Odessa massacre.

We should never accept a one-sided argument. Journalists should be a protected species, not an endangered one – the first casualties of corrupt regimes.

The UN could ostracise countries that violate basic rights. Why haven't our elected representatives spoken out more against this travesty of justice?

JOHN PATRICK BELL

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