Thursday, 23 November 2017

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Journalists Unite Against Impunity

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29.10.2015 – 48 journalists, 15 netizens and civil journalists were killed, 147 journalists were imprisoned, and 167 netizens were imprisoned in 2015, according to Reporters without Borders.

Over the past decade, over 700 journalists have been killed for bringing news and information to the public: on average one death every week. Despite these horrifically high numbers, only 1/10 cases committed against media workers has led to a conviction. That means in 9/10 cases the killers go unpunished.

Therefore, on 2nd November each year, the UN marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013. UN resolution 68/163 urges governments to do everything in their power to prevent violence against journalists, to ensure accountability and to bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against them.

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No journalist anywhere should have to risk their life to report the news. Together, let us stand up for journalists – and stand up for justice.” - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and UNESCO are using this year’s International Day to organize a meeting for all journalists in Brussels to unite against impunity, and for the safety of journalists around the world. “It is not just an anniversary, it’s a real fight for us to call upon all governments to stop impunity”, explains Anthony Bellanger, IFJ’s General Secretary. The meeting will take place at the Residence Palace in Brussels on 2nd November at 4-4:30pm.

Other events taking place in Europe on 2nd November include:

  • Amsterdam: Stop violence against journalists, a multi-stakeholder panel, De Nieuwe Liefde
  • London: Stop the killing of journalists! Prevention and justice to end impunity, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Room, Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament
  • Paris: Global launch of the World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Special Digital Focus 2015, UNESCO Headquarters

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