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UN resolution aims to improve journalists' safety


 Nearly 50 countries are co-sponsoring a U.N. resolution that would condemn attacks against journalists and the failure to punish those responsible for killing, torturing, kidnapping and arbitrarily arresting media workers.

   The draft General Assembly resolution circulated Friday urges the 193 U.N. member states "to do their utmost to prevent violence, threats and attacks" against the media. It calls for speedy, independent investigations of alleged attacks and prosecution of alleged perpetrators.

   The draft also urges the immediate release of media members who have been taken hostage or are victims of "enforced disappearances."

   According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 42 journalists have been killed so far in 2014 and 211 were imprisoned in 2013.

   The non-binding resolution must be approved by the assembly's human rights committee and then the General Assembly.

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