International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists | Updates on situation in Ukraine

31 October 2014
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Image PlaceholderAs the wellspring of news and information widens in our increasingly digitized world, so grow the dangers facing those engaged in journalism. Whether they’re hastily recording footage on a smart phone, reporting from a warzone or researching public archives for an investigative report, journalists searching for the truth are attacked, threatened and hindered to do their work every day.

The greatest crime, however, is that the perpetrators of these vicious felonies are generally left unpunished.

2 November has been proclaimed the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists by the United Nations General Assembly. It serves as a reminder of what we must do every day to bring issues of criminal impunity to light.

Safe and unhindered journalism is a cornerstone of any modern democracy. Therefore, journalists’ safety must be guaranteed at all times.
A staggering 90 percent of attacks on journalists worldwide are met with impunity. The OSCE “Chronicles of Threats” campaign prepared for the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and the Commission for the Investigation of Murders of Journalists in Serbia highlights the threats that journalists in the OSCE region face on a regular basis.

Please share and promote this video; we must all stand up for journalism in these trying times: Impunity must end now.

Safety of journalists – why it matters

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Safety of journalists guidebook

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Protection of journalists in conflicts

As many as 32 journalists have lost their lives so far this year alone, with virtually no justice for the victims. Greater action must be taken to not only curb the troubling trend of impunity, but to improve international protection for those engaged in journalism. Read More

Join the call for justice

Use the hashtag #IDEI on social media and join the call for justice for crimes committed against journalists on 2 November.

Daily updates from the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

To get a better understanding of the situation on the ground in Ukraine, read the daily updates provided for the public and the media by the teams of special monitors. Read More

Reports from the Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk

Read weekly first-hand information from the team of OSCE observers on the situation at the border checkpoints. Learn More

Background: OSCE engagement with Ukraine

Learn more about OSCE responses to the crisis in Ukraine, ranging from high-level diplomacy and multilateral dialogue, addressing concerns over fundamental freedoms, human rights, through to monitoring, fact-finding and military visits. Learn More
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