62 Journalists killed in 2020 – UNESCO

Written by on November 2, 2021

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says no fewer than 62 journalists were killed just for doing their jobs in 2020.

The UN agency stated that between 2006 and 2020, over 1,200 professionals lost their lives the same way and nine out of ten cases, the killers go unpunished.

In his message marked on Tuesday, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, noted that many journalists had lost their lives while covering conflict, but the number of media workers killed outside conflict zones, has risen in recent years noting that women journalists are at particular risk.

The Secretary-general urged Member States to stand in solidarity with journalists around the world, showing the political will needed to investigate and prosecute these crimes.

According to UNESCO’s recent paper, The Chilling: Global trends in online violence against women journalists, 73 per cent of the women journalists surveyed, said they had been threatened, intimidated and insulted online in connection with their work.

In 2021, the agency’s #EndImpunity campaign is highlighting some of the specific risks which journalists face in their quest to uncover the truth.

Commemorations in 2021 will also pave the way for the 10-year anniversary of the UN Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, to be marked in 2022.

Seun Fakorede


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