In the past twelve years (2006-2017) close to 1010 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. On average, this constitutes one death every four days. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems. UNESCO is concerned that impunity damages whole societies by covering up serious human rights abuses, corruption, and crime. Governments, civil society, the media, and everyone concerned to uphold the rule of law are being asked to join in the global efforts to end impunity.
In 2013 UNESCO established the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on the 2nd of November. This year, the main event to commemorate this day, will be a regional seminar in Beirut, Lebanon:
Strengthening regional cooperation to end impunity for crimes and attacks against journalists in the Arab world
The event will bring representatives of Member States, National Human Rights Commissions, judicial systems, the media and civil society members from across the Arab region and in particular from countries where a high level of journalists were killed in recent years. The seminar will work to identify steps ahead and concrete measures to strengthen the fight against impunity for crimes and attacks against journalists in the Arab region and inscribe this issue in the framework of global efforts to promote fundamental human rights.
Find the agenda for the event here: https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/programme_idei_2018_en.pdf
For practical information: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/endimpunity/2018/beirut/practicalinformation