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Editorial
Stop media harassment, end the killings of journos

Nov 02, 2017

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.

In the past 11 years close to 930 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public.

Nine in 10 cases of killed journalists remain unresolved. Ninety-three percent of killed journalists are local and only seven percent are foreign correspondents. Male journalists account for 94 percent of journalists killed. Twenty-nine percent of killed journalists worked in television media. Seventeen percent of killed journalists worked as freelance journalists.

(From the UNESCO website on the IDEI)



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