United Nations(UN) Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon have called on world leaders to enhance greater protection for journalists’ rights even as he honored journalists and media workers killed in the line of duty as he marked the second observation of the International Day to end Impunity for Crimes against journalists.on Monday.
The UN Scribe in marking the day said: “Today we remember the journalists and media workers who have been killed in the line of duty. More than 700 journalists have been killed in the last decade — one every five days — simply for bringing news and information to the public;
Many perish in the conflicts they cover so fearlessly. But all too many have been deliberately silenced for trying to report the truth. Only 7 percent of such cases are resolved, and less than 1 crime out of 10 is even fully investigated. Such impunity deepens fear among journalists and enables Governments to get away with censorship;
We must do more to combat this trend and make sure that journalists can report freely. Journalists should not have to engage in self-censorship because they fear for their life”.
The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the urgent need to protect journalists, and to commemorate the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November, 2013.
Ki-moon said further: “I applaud UNESCO for spearheading the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity – a powerful mechanism joining the efforts of United Nations agencies, Governments, civil society, academia and the media. Together, we must end the cycle of impunity and safeguard the right of journalists to speak truth to power”.
Journalism is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, with more than 1,000 killed since 1992 and more than 200 imprisoned. In September the Israeli Parliament passed a new law that bans journalists from expressing their opinions on the county’s public broadcasting network.
In August Germany’s acting top federal prosecutor dropped a much criticized treason investigation into two prominent journalists working for Netzpolitik.org. In July a Thai court began proceedings in a criminal defamation lawsuit brought on by the Thai Royal Navy against the website Phuketwan over a report it published claiming the military ignored refugee trafficking from Myanmar in exchange for monetary bribes. In Nigeria, two journalists working for some on line newspapers have been detained before been charged to court for going against the provisions of the cyber laws.