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86% of the murders of journalists go unpunished, denounces UNESCO

86% of the murders of journalists go unpunished, denounces UNESCO

86% of murders of journalists worldwide go unpunished and the region with the most deaths continues to be Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO denounces on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists this Wednesday.

"New data from UNESCO shows that the global impunity rate for journalist murders, at 86%, remains shockingly high"The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) said in a statement.

In a report on the safety of journalists to be published in full on the 28th, but whose main points are advanced on the occasion of this international day, the organization says that in 2021 there were 55 murders of members of the press, the lowest figure in the 14 years that this accounting has been done. Despite this evolution, UNESCO points out that this year until the end of September they had already been murdered for reasons related to their profession 66.

11% were women, a proportion almost double that of the previous year (6%). Of the recorded murders, the vast majority continue to go unpunished.

"The data shows that the rate of impunity has only decreased by 9% in the last ten years, an insufficient decrease to cstop the spiral of violence", says UNESCO. The UN agency emphasizes that "there are no safe spaces for journalists". Of the 117 murders recorded in the years 2020 and 2021, 78% occurred outside of work hours in places such as their homes, their vehicles or on the street, and not while carrying out a specific professional mission. Several of them were also killed in front of their relatives, including their children. Since 2016, the safety of journalists in non-conflict countries has been getting worse. Latin America and the Caribbean, with 45 deaths in the 2020-2021 period, continues to be the most dangerous region in the world, followed by Asia-Pacific (38 murders). By country, Mexico, with 19 deaths, Afghanistan, with 13, and India, with 11, were the most dangerous in the last two years studied.

Local journalists are the most affected and UNESCO also warns of an increase in danger for those who work on more than one platform. In view of these data, the organization launches an appeal for the perpetrators of the crimes to be properly investigated and sentenced.

“Freedom of expression cannot be protected when there are such a staggering number of unsolved cases.. This has a chilling effect on investigative journalism, vital to the health of any democracy,” CEO Audrey Azoulay said in a statement. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the UN Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists, on November 3 and 4, Vienna will host a conference on this problem, convened by the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs, in collaboration with the UNESCO and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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