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IFJ Blames Impunity For Journalists’ Killings

January 3, 2014

Year-end statistics of journalists killed in the line of duty keep coming. On December 31, the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said 108 journalists and media staff were killed as a result of violence worldwide in 2013, which was 10% below that of 2012. Fifteen, IFJ said, died in accidental and illness-related incidents.
Regionally, more journalists died in the Asia-Pacific region – 29% –  than in any other – a surprise considering public attention drawn to the number of journalists and media workers killed in the Middle East last year. However, as individual countries go, Syria (15) and Iraq (13) top the list.
The big scorers in Asia were India, Pakistan and the Philippines with 10 each.
IFJ linked the killing of journalists to the UN Day to End Impunity by pointing out that impunity for killers is the reason for the murder of journalists to remain so consistently high.    
“Following the United Nations’ resolution establishing 2 November as an International Day to End Impunity, we urge countries across the world to take immediate action to protect the safety and freedom of journalists,” said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. “We give our full support to this new initiative which we believe will contribute to fighting impunity across the globe provided that governments are willing to adopt a zero tolerance approach to violence targeting journalists.
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Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.