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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

2 November

In the past twelve years (2006-2017) close to 1010 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. On average, this constitutes one death every four days. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems. UNESCO is concerned that impunity damages whole societies by covering up serious human rights abuses, corruption, and crime. Governments, civil society, the media, and everyone concerned to uphold the rule of law are being asked to join in the global efforts to end impunity.

It is in recognition of the far-reaching consequences of impunity, especially of crimes against journalists, that the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/68/163 at its 68th session in 2013 which proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ (IDEI). The Resolution urged Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL

"On  2  November,  this  year’s  International  Day  to  End  Impunity  for  Crimes  against  Journalists, is focused on local journalists. Through the campaign #KeepTruthAlive, it  challenges  the  perception  that  murders  only  happen  far  from  the  public  eye,  primarily  targeting  foreign  war  correspondents.  It  shines  the  spotlight  on  local journalists   working   on   corruption   and   politics   in   non-conflict   situations,   who   represented 93% of journalist deaths in the past decade."

— Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2019

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