UNESCO: Impunity for killings of Journalists remains unacceptably high at 86%

  • Source: Unesco
  • November 2, 2022

“On Nov. 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, UNESCO renews its call for all necessary measures to ensure that crimes committed against journalists are properly investigated and their perpetrators identified and convicted. New UNESCO data show that the global impunity rate for journalist killings remains shockingly high at 86%.


The UNESCO Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity for the period 2020-21 is published on Nov. 2. Data shows that the impunity rate has fallen by only 9% in the last ten years UNESCO welcomes this progress but warns such a decrease is insufficient to succeed in stopping the spiral of violence.

The UNESCO report also shows that there are no safe spaces for journalists. In 2020-2021, of the 117 journalists killed for being journalists, 91 – or 78% – were killed while off the clock, for example at home, in their vehicles or in the street but not on specific assignment. Several were killed in front of family members, including their children.”


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