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Hi, this is Paula. With journalists being among the most persecuted by states in the Sahel, a Burkinabé reporter was awarded a prize this week for his work supporting colleagues throughout the region.

Meanwhile, the World Intellectual Property Organization published its global innovation report, and the son of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was at the UN in Geneva on Wednesday to call for his father's release.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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Arnaud Ouédraogo, winner of this year’s PEC prize, in Geneva. (Le Temps/Luis Lema)

🖊️Arnaud Ouédraogo, in the name of the freedom to inform in the Sahel. On Monday, the Burkinabé was awarded the Press Emblem Campaign award for his work with Cenozo, an organisation assisting journalists in the region who are often the target of state persecution.

Le Temps (FR)

🇭🇰 Son of jailed Hong Kong tycoon urges UN member states to 'call out China' and demand his release. The imprisonment of Hong Kong businessman and founder of Apple Daily paper, Jimmy Lai, is emblematic "of the wholesale destruction of rights and freedoms in Hong Kong", his son Sebastian L'ai said at an event at the UN in Geneva, calling for his release.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🧑‍💻High-interest rates sap innovation investment: UN. WIPO’s latest global innovation report has European countries predominating in the top 20 list. Funding for innovation, however, became more uncertain in 2022, with venture capital on the decline.

AFP via Barron's (EN)

🇲🇲UN: Myanmar military ups airstrikes, mass killings to subjugate population. Volker Türk, the UN human rights chief, called for an end to the military regime.

Voice of America (EN)

🧕UN rights agency slams France's decision to bar its 2024 Olympic athletes from wearing headscarf. The UN human rights office said no one should impose on a woman what she should wear.

AFP via France 24 (EN)

🇺🇳Many powerful leaders skipped the UN this year. That created space for emerging voices to rise. The absence of four of the five permanent members of the Security Council allowed traditionally softer voices to shine a light on issues of greatest concern to them.

Associated Press (EN)

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