UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday condemned the frequent attacks against journalists worldwide and demanded an end to the impunity enjoyed by those guilty of violent crimes against members of the press.
The appeal came in the form of a unanimously adopted resolution that also called for the release of all media professionals "who have been kidnapped or taken as hostages, in situations of armed conflict."
The resolution was drafted by this month's Security Council president, Lithuania, whose Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius presided over the meeting.
Mariane Pearl, a journalist and widow of Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal
reporter who was beheaded by Pakistani militants in 2002, told the 15-nation council that it was "a troubled time for our profession."