Press Freedom Groups Launch Video Campaign Calling for an End to Attacks against Journalists in Yemen
“No to Impunity” is the key message several international press freedom and media development groups and Yemeni journalists share on 2 November, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
“No to Impunity” is the key message several international press freedom groups and Yemeni journalists share on 2 November, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
The video, which features testimonies from a dozen Yemeni journalists who are still working in the country or had to fled for security reasons. It is aimed at raising awareness among the public in Yemen and at the international level about the issue of safety of journalists in the country, where human rights abuses and particularly violations against the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press have been on the rise since the escalation of violence.
From detention to kidnapping, death threats to physical and digital attacks, the video illustrates the reality of many journalists and media professionals who risk their life to report information to the public in Yemen.
Supporters of the campaign represent international press freedom organizations and media development networks that have been coordinating actions in the past two years in order to support Yemeni media in times of crisis. They include the International Media Support, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Global Forum for Media Development, RNW Media, Community Media Network, the Rory Peck Trust, the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner in Yemen, the United Nations Resident Coordinator Office in Yemen and UNESCO.
According to the partners of the campaign, the initiative was launched in response to a lack of international media coverage of the situation in Yemen and the growing dangers and numbers of attacks against journalists covering the ongoing conflict. It was such rampant violations which called for increased advocacy and further protection of media professionals in the country.
Since the beginning of the war, UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, has condemned the killings of 16 Yemeni journalists.
2 November was proclaimed as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists by the United Nations General Assembly which adopted Resolution A/RES/68/163 at its 68th session in 2013. 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.
In the past decade 700 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public: on average one death every week. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished.
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You may watch the video on UNESCO Doha Youtube channel.
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