#TruthNeverDies: Join global campaign to end impunity for crimes against journalists

Some chilling statistics as we prepare for November 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Every four days, a journalist is murdered, often because he or she denounced corruption, trafficking, political wrongdoing or human rights abuses. Those responsible often go unpunished.

by Simone Flueckiger | October 25, 2018

The brazen murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, and the Maltese government’s continued opposition to a public inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, highlight once again how dangerous life for journalists has become, and how rarely the perpetrators of the crimes committed against them are brought to justice.

This year alone, at least 45 journalists have been killed around the world as a result of their work, a number which doesn’t include 17 other deaths in which the motive hasn’t been confirmed, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In light of this frightening statistic, WAN-IFRA lends its full support to UNESCO’s #TruthNeverDies campaign, which will be launched on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on November 2, urging news publishers around the globe to raise awareness of journalist killings, and the many cases where those responsible went unpunished.

The global campaign encourages editors to publish stories and investigations on journalists that have been killed, and to spread their work to perpetuate their legacy.

UNESCO has provided a toolkit and visuals news organisations can use in print or online to put their weight behind the campaign, and highlight their commitment to the fight to end crimes against journalists.

The toolkit and visual elements can be found in the folders attached below. For technical specifications of the visuals, contact or with the name of your organisation, the country, and the language needed.

For more information on the International Day to End Impunity, click here.


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