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.

This landmark resolution condemns all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers. It also urges Member States to do their utmost to prevent violence against journalists and media workers, to ensure accountability, bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media workers, and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies. It further calls upon States to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference.

The focus on impunity of this resolution stems from the worrying situation that over the past decade, more than 700 journalists have been killed for bringing news and information to the public.

In 2012 alone, the UNESCO Director-General condemned the killing of 123 journalists, media workers, and social media producers of public interest journalism. In 2013, the figure decreased slightly to 91, but still represented the second deadliest year for journalists.

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Facts and Figures

  • 593 killings of journalists have been condemned by UNESCO’s DG from 2006-2013.

  • 94% of killed journalists are local and only 6% are foreign correspondents.

  • Male journalists account for 94% of journalists killed.

  • Less than 6 % of the 593 cases are ever resolved.

  • 41 % of killed journalists worked in print media.

UNESCO in action


  • Regional Seminar Supporting Dialogue to Improve the Safety of Journalists in Tunisia
    3-4 November 2014, Majestic Hotel, Tunis, Tunisia.
    Co-organized by UNESCO, OHCHR, the Embassy of France in Tunisia and Reporters Without Borders.

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