On the occasion of the International Day to end Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has revealed that in ten years, Nearly 900 journalists have been killed in the line of duty.
In this context, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said that despite the decline in the number of victims worldwide, “too many journalists continue to pay the ultimate price for their reporting.”
Marking a 14% decrease, the years 2019 and 2018 included the murder of 156 journalists. UNESCO said 57 of these killings occurred in 2019, marking the lowest annual rate in the past decade.
Focusing on the safety of journalists and the danger of impunity, the UNESCO report also showed that 9 out of 10 crimes against journalists remain unpunished, proving that impunity remains particularly high. According to Audrey Azoulay, the perpetrators must be systematically held accountable before the courts and journalists must have a safe and healthy working environment so that they can fully exercise freedom of expression.
Although UNESCO data did not cover the current year, the UN agency reported that in the first quarter of 2020, 21 attacks against current journalists were recorded; a figure that represents the totality of the attacks on journalists in 2017.