05.11.2019 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO report says 90% of perpetrators of journalist murders go unpunished

At this year's International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists Conference (November 2), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a new report with data on violence against these professionals throughout the world.

Over the past years 1109 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.

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