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Defining success in the fight against impunity

The following is a CPJ Blog post by Joel Simon/CPJ Executive Director:

For the second time this year, the U.N. Security Council took up the issue of protection of journalists. In a discussion today [13 December 2013] sponsored by the French and Guatemalan delegations, and open to NGOs, speaker after speaker and country after country hammered home the same essential facts: The vast majority of journalists murdered around the world are local reporters working in their own country, covering human rights, corruption, conflict and politics. In nine out of ten of these murders, no one is ever prosecuted.

It is extremely encouraging that the issue of impunity now features so prominently on the U.N. agenda and that there is such a clear consensus about the gravity of the problem. Many member states made similar interventions at the first Security Council debate on the topic, held in July. Last month, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution declaring November 2 the International Day to End Impunity in crimes against journalists. The resolution is expected to be formally ratified next week.

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  • RWB Secretary-General to address UN Security Council

    Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire took part in a special United Nations Security Council meeting in New York on the subject of “Protecting Journalists.” “We intend to tackle the Security Council’s members and the UN in general about the importance of protecting journalists and to remind member states of their obligations to prevent acts of violence against them and combat impunity for those responsible,” he said.

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