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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

November 2 

In the past twelve years (2006-2017) close to 1010 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. On average, this constitutes one death every four days. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems. UNESCO is concerned that impunity damages whole societies by covering up serious human rights abuses, corruption, and crime. Governments, civil society, the media, and everyone concerned to uphold the rule of law are being asked to join in the global efforts to end impunity.

It is in recognition of the far-reaching consequences of impunity, especially of crimes against journalists, that the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution at its 68th session in 2013 which proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ (IDEI). The Resolution urged Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

Brazil is the tenth in unresolved murders of journalists

The conclusion is from the “Impunity Index” report released by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) last Monday (29.out.2018). It is the ninth appearance (eighth followed) of the country in the ranking, which is published since 2008.

The CPJ index includes only cases of complete impunity when there has been no conviction, even if suspects are in custody. Cases in which some among several suspects were convicted are classified as “partial impunity”, and do not enter the survey. Check out the full index:

1 – Somália – 25 casos – população: 14,7 milhões – 1.696
2 – Síria – 18 casos – população: 18,3 milhões – 0.985
3 – Iraque – 25 casos – população: 38,3 milhões – 0.653
4 – Sudão do Sul – 5 casos – população: 12,6 milhões – 0.398
5 – Filipinas – 40 casos – população: 104,9 milhões – 0.381
6 – Afeganistão – 11 casos – população: 35,5 milhões – 0.310
7 – México – 26 casos – população: 129,2 milhões – 0.201
8 – Colômbia – 5 casos – população: 49,1 milhões – 0.102
9 – Paquistão – 18 casos – população: 197 milhões – 0.091
10 – Brasil – 17 casos – população: 209,3 milhões – 0.081
11 – Rússia – 8 casos – população: 144,5 milhões – 0.055
12 – Bangladesh – 7 casos – população: 164,7 milhões – 0.043
13 – Nigéria – 5 casos – população: 190,9 milhões – 0.026
14 – Índia – 18 casos – população: 1,33 bilhão – 0.013

Source: UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and ABRAJI (Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo).

Leila Monteiro LIns

Leila has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and marketing, including media relations, event planning and the development of communication strategies. In April 2010, LML launched Discover magazine in Canada.

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