January 15, 2014

Why Is the UN Censoring Its Syria News?

Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

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Absent from this chronology of global grief is anything new about Syria, the world's bloodiest humanitarian crisis. In November, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which funds IRIN, quietly placed a gag order on its news agency. Its network of journalists were ordered to halt any reporting about the crisis in Syria, which has displaced millions and cost the lives of more than 100,000, according to U.N. sources. There was never any public announcement explaining why the Syrian crisis, the largest humanitarian calamity in two decades, was now off limits.

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