Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea


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06/05/2021 - HR/VP Blog – This week, I spent two days in London, meeting the foreign ministers of the G7 countries and of the Indo-Pacific region. We had thorough discussions on the main geopolitical issues and agreed to act more closely together in order to build an open, democratic and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.

على مدى العام الماضي، كان هناك "تدهور هائل في إمكانية حصول الناس على المعلومات وزيادة في العقبات التي تعترض التغطية الإخبارية"، وفقا لما ذكرته منظمة مراسلون بلا حدود. قتل 78 صحفيا منذ عام 2020. اليوم العالمي لحرية الصحافة يشيدبهم


Over the past year, there was a “dramatic deterioration in people's access to information and an increase in obstacles to news coverage”, according to Reporters Without Borders. 78 journalists have been killed since 2020. World Press Freedom Day pays tribute


Today, the EU and the Republic of Korea highlighted how their ten-year-old trade agreement remains a bedrock of the bilateral economic relationship and a strong foundation to help our economies recover and grow from the Covid-19 pandemic. The 9th meeting of the Trade Committee established by the EU-Republic of Korea trade agreement was held today in person in Brussels and was co-chaired by Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis and Korean Minister for Trade Yoo Myung-hee.

At a time when independent and free media reporting is more essential than ever, press freedom continues to be under threat. Journalists continue to experience harsh working conditions with increasing financial and political pressure, surveillance, arbitrary prison sentences or violence for doing their work. According to the UNESCO Observatory, 76 journalists were killed since 2020, while many more were arrested, harassed or threatened worldwide. Of particular concern is gender-based violence targeting women journalists.


في الوقت الذي تكتسي فيه وسائل الإعلام المستقلة والحرة أهمية كبرى أكثر من أي وقت مضى، فإن حرية الصحافة لاتزال تحت التهديد. ولايزال الصحافيون يعانون من ظروف عمل قاسية تصاحبها ضغوط مالية وسياسية متزايدة، ناهيك عن المراقبة والأحكام الاعتباطية بالسجن واستعمال العنف لأنهم يقومون بعملهم. فحسب مرصد اليونيسكو، لقي 76 صحفي حتفه منذ عام 2020 كما تعرض عدد أكبر من الصحافيين عبر العالم للاعتقال والتحرش والتهديد. في هذا السياق، يعتبر العنف القائم على النوع والذي يستهدف الصحافيات مصدرانشغال خاص.