UNESCO Director-General's Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity

A Decade of Growing Recognition for Journalists’ Safety

Landmark resolutions have been adopted in the last decade across the UN system condemning violence against journalists and advocating for a safer environment for journalists. Such resolutions have reinforced UNESCO’s mandate on protecting freedom of expression and press freedom around the world.

The United Nations' adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal 16 and its target 10 in September 2015 has been the latest significant step towards mainstreaming safety of journalists in the international development agenda. SDG 16.10 is a condition sine qua non for the rule of law and the end of impunity. One of the indicators that has been decided upon by the United Nations Statistical Commission for tracking progress in the achievement of target 16.10 includes the number of verified cases of killing, kidnapping, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture of journalists, associated media personnel, trade unionists and human rights advocates in the previous twelve months. UNESCO acts as a contributing agency for reporting on this indicator.