Most killers of journalists are not punished, UNESCO
UNESCO has said that in most cases of murder of journalists around the world, the perpetrators are not punished. At least 117 journalists were killed while doing their jobs in 2020 and 2021.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, said in a report released on Wednesday that most of the cases where journalists are killed in the course of their professional duties around the world are not punished.
The global penalty rate for the murder of journalists is “shockingly high”, the organization said in its report on the International Day for Crimes Against Journalists. “The impunity for the murder of journalists is unacceptably over 86 percent,” says UNESCO.
Need to ensure punishment for the killers of journalists
UNESCO called for “proper investigation of crimes against journalists and all necessary measures to ensure the identification and punishment of perpetrators”.
“Freedom of expression cannot be protected if there are such a large number of unresolved cases,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said in a statement.
“Cycle of Violence” Against Journalists
While UNESCO welcomed the 9 percent drop in impunity rates over the past decade, it said it was insufficient to stop “this cycle of violence”.
According to the report, in 2020 and 2021, 117 journalists were killed while doing their jobs, while 91 others were killed ‘off the clock’ i.e. when they were not on duty. “Many people were killed in front of their children and family members,” the report said.
UNESCO said it is working with member states to develop and enforce their media laws and policies. It is training judges, prosecutors and security forces to “enforce the rights of journalists and ensure that attacks against them are investigated and prosecuted”.