Over the past decade, more than 800 journalists have been killed for bringing news and information to the public. The UN General Secretary Ban Ki moon announced that in his address dedicated to the Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists marked on November 2, according to the UN Radio.
Ban Ki moon called journalists to commemorate those representatives of mass media, who were killed on duty. He also noted that many journalists die in the conflicts that they cover, others are made silent by dint of violence in a peaceful world.
“The number of journalists who pay their lives for their work is constantly increasing. Normally, the murders never undergo punishment. Investigations in the cases were accomplished in 7% of cases,” – reads the message.
Organised crime, ethnic and armed conflicts and a rise in demand for information from the public about corruption has resulted in more acts of violence against journalists, according to Frank La Rue, from the UN cultural agency UNESCO. This year alone there have been over 70 assassinations.
According to the latest data of the Journalists’ Rights Committee, conflict zones in Somali, Iraq and Syria have the highest index of impunity for offences against journalists. However journalists die in peaceful world as well. 95% of all the journalists deceased were local reporters covering corruption issues, problems in governmental institutions and ecological issues.