Today is International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
Every year journalists are threatened and killed for exposing the truth.
On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, UNESCO calls the attention of citizens on the urgency to investigate and prosecute threats, whether online or physical, to protect journalists.
Very often journalists who were murdered, first received threats. If these threats were taken seriously by authorities, these journalists would still be alive.
We must #EndImpunity because every threat against a journalist is a threat against our freedom.
Female journalists are disproportionately targeted through online threats that aim to scare them into silence. This silence means we never hear the truth.
Threatening journalists must be met with prosecution.
#ProtectJournalists UNESCO’s latest research paper offers key findings about the broad range of contemporary challenges to the safety of journalists, including the increasing number of threats journalists are subjected to – ranging from imprisonment, kidnapping, torture and other physical attacks and online violence.
The paper is part of UNESCO’s upcoming World Trends Report in Freedom of Expression and Media Development Global Report 2021/2022.
Stop threats when they start. Protect a journalist. Safeguard your right to know.