International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
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2nd Nov, 2022
Every year, the United Nations marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on November 2.
- November 2nd has been observed as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI) since 2013.
- The day came into existence when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution in December 2013.
- The day draws attention to impunity, i.e., culprits going unpunished, to crimes against journalists.
- It took a couple of years of work and extensive lobbying from IFEX (formerly International Freedom of Expression Exchange) and others to get the Resolution for marking the day passed.
- The date for IDEI was chosen to commemorate the assassination of two journalists in Mali on November 2, 2013.
- Al Qaida claimed responsibility for the death and kidnapping of French media workers Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont.
- The culprits remain unapprehended to this day.
- Official figures show a grim picture for other journalists as well.
- According to UNESCO’s observatory of killed journalists, between 2006 and 2020, over 1,200 journalists were killed for doing their job.
- In 90% of these cases, the killers went unpunished.
- Observation of the day is especially important in India, where 2021 was one of the deadliest years for Indian journalists in the past decade.
- According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, six journalists were killed in the country between 2021 and 2022.
- The main event to celebrate the 2022 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is a High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Conference on the Safety of Journalists with the theme “Protecting Media to Protect Democracy” in Vienna, Austria.
- This year’s slogan is Knowing the “Truth is Protecting the Truth”.