On November 2, 2013 French journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlo were killed by militants in Northern Mali. To commemorate this tragedy, the United Nations General Assembly will recognise this date as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
In Mexico, the western hemisphere’s most dangerous nation for media, over 100 journalists have been either killed or missing in the last decade according to the World Press Freedom Index.
The Index also reported that Syria, the world's least peaceful country on the Global Peace Index, is also the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. According to the Index, there have been nearly 130 news and information providers killed since the conflict began in March 2011.
These statistics are deeply troubling; equally shocking are the impunity rates. Since 1992, of those who order the crimes against journalists, more than 88% remain free or unpunished for their actions.
We hope the recognition of this significant day on our calendar is a crucial and effective step in rectifying these statistics. It is essential that those responsible are brought to justice and journalists are given the freedom to immerse themselves and provide the best coverage they can offer without fear of persecution.
This is not only vital for the basic rights of journalists, but for the promotion and general maintenance of social justice, democracy, education and freedom of speech.
New media, such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, have played a major role in episodes of contentious political action.
Free Flow of Information is one of the eight “Pillars of Peace” that describe the attitudes, structures and institutions that underpin peaceful societies.
Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.