Governments urged to end impunity for crimes against journalists

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Countries around the world are being urged by the UN to do more to prevent attacks against journalists and other media workers.

In 2012 alone, globally, an estimated 123 media workers were killed while carrying out their jobs.

In 2013, the figure decreased slightly to 91, but still represented the second deadliest year for journalists.

Marking the first 'International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists' on Sunday, Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Cultural Agency, UNESCO, said that attacks against media workers were often allowed to continue "without restraint."

She urged governments to ensure a "swift and thorough investigation every time a journalist is killed."

The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November last year.

Most media workers who are killed are home-grown journalists covering local stories.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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