According to new data from UNESCO, the global rate of impunity for crimes against journalists remains shockingly high, at 86 per cent.
The UN organization renewed its call to take all necessary measures to ensure that crimes committed against journalists are properly investigated and that the perpetrators are convicted.
This appeal comes on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which is celebrated on 2 November.
62 journalists were killed last year around the world simply for doing their job, According to estimates by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that many journalists have lost their lives covering conflicts, but the number of media workers killed outside conflict zones has risen in recent years.
He added that journalists’ lives are in danger in many countries and that nine out of 10 cases are impunity, in accordance with UNESCO estimates.
Again he warned that journalists face countless other threats, including kidnapping, torture and arbitrary detention, including misinformation and harassment campaigns, especially in the digital field.
The UNESCO report also shows that there is no safe place for journalists, 117 journalists were killed simply because they were journalists between 2020 and 2021, and 91 of them were killed outside their work hours, at their homes, and in cars in the street.