International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 09:30 to 11:00

The United Nations (UN) has dedicated November 2 as a special day to condemn all attacks against journalists and media workers

Read more about the UN Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.



New Europeans will mark the day by holding a meeting in partnership with the National Federation of Journalists in Ukraine.

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More about the UN Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Not all countries are open to freedom of speech and being a journalist can be a life-threatening occupation. According to the UN, more than 700 journalists were killed between 2004 and 2014.

Many of these deaths are either unsolved murders or killings in crossfire/combat. Only a small number of these has led to a conviction. In late 2013, the UN decided to dedicate November 2 to draw attention to crimes against journalists. The date was chosen in memory of two French journalists.

This UN day is one of a number of campaigns urging leaders and governments to prevent violence against news workers. The UN has a number of similar days, like World Press Freedom Day.

The main event to celebrate the day will be a hybrid format high-level roundtable discussion organised by Ossiegeno per l'Informazione and supported by UNESCO on 3 November 2021 at the Syracuse International Institute for Criinal Justice and Human Rights in Syracuse Italy.

The event will provide a platform for dialogue among prosecutors and journalists on prevention and protection measures to address the safety of journalists, and it will highlight the instrumental role of prosecutorial services in investigating and prosecuting not only killings, but also threats of violence against journalists.

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