Too many journalists are dying for doing their job. Between 2006-2019, close to 1,200 journalists were killed for reporting the news. This equates to approximately 100 journalists per year. In nine out of ten cases the killers do not face justice. This impunity begets further crimes, both crimes against journalists but also enabling the continuation of crimes these journalists were attempting to uncover. This data does not include the numbers of non-fatal attacks against journalists, for example, torture, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, intimidation and harassment. Furthermore, female journalists are also often subjected to sexual violence.
States and international bodies need to do more to address such attacks. On November 2, the U.N. marked the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, a day that the U.N. General Assembly established to urge states to “prevent violence against journalists and media workers, to ensure accountability through the conduct of impartial, speedy and effective investigations into all alleged violence against journalists and media workers falling within their jurisdiction and to bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies.”