Safety of Journalists in Brazil

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Promoting the safety of journalists and combatting impunity for those who attack them are central elements within UNESCO´s support for press freedom on all media platforms.

Consequently, UNESCO is committed to advancing freedom of press and safety of journalists, both offline and online, through a variety of actions. These include awareness raising, promoting partnerships and co-ordination of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists.

Since 1997, UNESCO’s Director-General has condemned each killing of a journalist, and every two years compiles a Report on The Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity to the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

Since 2006 there have been more than 1010 journalists killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished.

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.

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