Thirty-two journalists and media collaborators have been killed since the start of the year according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a figure down from 2019 due to the health crisis but which remains worrying, underlines the NGO.
On Monday, the “International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists”, RSF reiterates its request to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to create the post of “Special Representative for Security journalists”.
“The Secretary General has just over a year to act and leave a significant legacy in the fight against impunity and the protection of journalists. The designation of a member of his team as a privileged contact, the only concrete action he has taken for the moment, is not enough ”, deplores the secretary general of the NGO, Christophe Deloire, in a published column. Monday in several media.
In 2019, 49 journalists were killed around the world, a figure down sharply from the year before, the conflict zones having been less deadly for journalists because they go there less and less, according to RSF.
If the drop is even more marked in 2020, with so far 29 journalists and three media collaborators killed since the start of the year, it is because with the health crisis many journalists have not gone to the field, underlines RSF, which will publish its final report at the end of December, as every year.
“The Covid period has really changed the situation on the ground. Fewer journalists have been killed but there has been more pressure and abuses against journalists, ”notes RSF. “The threats are more and more nuanced and much more difficult to fight”, notes Christophe Deloire.
“Over the past decade, almost 1,000 journalists have been killed in connection with their work, crimes that almost always go unpunished. Many of these cases have not been the subject of a real investigation and the culprits have never had to answer for their acts ”, he laments, pointing to the“ lack of effective international mechanisms ”.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is launching a global campaign “to denounce those who order crimes against journalists but go unpunished, as well as to urge governments to take urgent action to end impunity. and protect press freedom, ”according to a statement.
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