International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists Date in the current year: November 2, 2017

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is an annual United Nations observance held on November 2. It was officially establishment by the UN General Assembly in 2013.

Over the past ten years, more than 700 journalists and media workers have been killed for doing their job. According to statistics, 94% of killed journalists were local, 41% of them worked in print media. Although 94% of killed journalists are male, it is also very important to pay special attention to specific risks faced by female journalists, such as sexual attacks.

Less than 6% cases journalist murder cases are ever resolved. Impunity breeds impunity by emboldening the perpetrators of the crimes against journalists and media workers. Thus, a vicious circle is created.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists was established to raise awareness of the existing culture of impunity and encourage member states to implement concrete measures in order to prevent attacks and violence against journalists and media workers.

The date of November 2 was chosen to commemorate the assassination of two journalists from France on this day in 2013. Events held on the occasion emphasize the importance of creating a safe environment for journalists to do their job.

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