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90% of murders of journalists go unpunished

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2 November 2017 - Ninety percent of cases concerning the killing of journalists remain unpunished, according to information provided by Member States to UNESCO in 2017. This is a slight improvement compared to last year, when countries’ answers to UNESCO’s written enquires indicated that only 8% of such cases led to a conviction.

Between 2006 and 2016, UNESCO condemned the killing of 930 journalists. Of these, 102 journalists were killed in 2016 alone, according to UNESCO’s latest figures. The majority of journalists killed in 2016 (94%) were local journalists, reporting local stories. Half of the killings (50%) occurred in countries where there was no armed conflict, compared to 47% in 2015.

The proportion of female journalists killed rose from 5% in 2006 to 10% in 2016. Women also continue to face specific threats, including online harassment.

“The news is filled with reports of our colleagues, journalists getting killed, wounded, imprisoned all over the world,” said UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety, Christiane Amanpour. “We, the press, must continue to fight for an end to impunity.”

On the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, UNESCO and its partners have launched a global campaign in association with media from all over the world and a social media campaign called #MyFightAgainstImpunity. Further information is available on the dedicated website:


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