UN chief urges need to deepen efforts to end impunity for crimes against journalists

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The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged world governments to let journalists operate free from any kind of haressment or intimidation.

The UN chief made the call in a message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (November 2, 2016), the UN Information Center in Tehran (UNIC) reported on Friday.

The full text of the Secretary-General’s message follows:

Over the past decade, more than 800 journalists have been killed for bringing news and information to the public. Worryingly, only one in ten cases committed against media workers over the past decade has led to a conviction. This impunity emboldens the perpetrators of the crimes and at the same time has a chilling effect on society including journalists themselves.

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’. 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.

‘My Killers Are Still Free’ campaign highlighting the key findings from UNESCO Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity. The campaign also raises awareness for the need to deepen efforts to end impunity for crimes against journalists.

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