International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
In the past fourteen years (2006-2019), close to 1,200 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
"Journalists are essential in preserving the fundamental right to freedom of expression, guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. When journalists are attacked with impunity, there is a breakdown in security and judicial systems for all."
— Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2020
IDEI 2020 Main Celebration
UNESCO and the Kingdom of the Netherlands commemorate the World Press Freedom Conference 2020 on 9 and 10 December 2020. The conference celebrates jointly World Press Freedom Day (3 May) and the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (2 November) in a new, innovative format, merging digital and in-person elements.
The main event commemorating IDEI 2020 is the session, entitled “Strengthening investigations and prosecutions to end impunity for crimes against journalists” which will include the presentation of guidelines for prosecutors on investigating and prosecuting crimes and attacks against journalists, developed in partnership with the International Association of Prosecutors. It will take place on 10 December 2020.
- UNESCO and International Association of Prosecutors come together to support prosecutions of crimes against journalists
- Is the media captured? New UNESCO study examines threats to media independence and ways to fight back
- Despite drop in journalist killings overall, risks emerge in conflict-free countries and impunity still rules, according to UNESCO report
- Amanpour, Cadwalladr, O’Brien and Maalouf are participating at World Press Freedom Conference