Journalists are professionals that the world cannot do without because of their abilities to speak the truth without being bias, to investigate violence, to provide adequate information to the public, to contribute and strengthen debates and so on. These practices put journalists in harm’s way and this calls for an immediate need for their protection.
The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists was birthed through the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution in the year 2013 following the deaths of two French Journalists. The resolution encourages the Member States of the United Nations to employ various measures to curb crimes against journalists and to encourage freedom of the press.
The resolution of the General Assembly further condemns all forms of attacks against Journalists and media workers. As part of the duties laid down for Member states by the resolution is that perpetrators of crimes against Journalists and media workers should be brought to justice without any delay.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) celebrate all Journalists and Media Workers who have suffered violence and most especially those who have lost their lives in the course of their duty on this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. We urge all Governments and Stakeholders to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to practice their profession so that the world can be peaceful.