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Impunity for crimes against media workers represents a major challenge to democracy: UNESCO
On the occasion of International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, November 2, at Conference Room 8 of United Nations in New York, the screening of Greg Campbell's documentary film 'HONDROS' was held followed by a discussion its producer. The film has been co-produced by Riva Marker and Jake Gyllenhaal and is about journalist photographer Chris Hondros.

The UN website informs that UNESCO's statistics and reports reveal that in the past twelve years (2006-2017) close to 1010 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. On average, this constitutes one death every four days, it adds.

"In nine out of ten cases, the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems. Impunity damages whole societies by covering up serious human rights abuses, corruption, and crime. Governments, civil society, the media, and everyone concerned in upholding the rule of law are called to join in the global efforts to end impunity," wrote the website.

The UNESCO called for further acts to improve safety of journalists, warning that impunity for crimes against media workers still represent a major challenge to democracy. "Despite increased public awareness of these problems, statistics show that much remains to be done to shed light on the overwhelming majority of crimes against media workers," UNESCO stated.

On the occasion of the observance UNESCO launched an awareness campaign #TruthNeverDiesto spread the work of journalists who were killed and to perpetuate their legacy. They were killed in order to be silenced. It is important therefore to assert that the truth will not die, by publishing stories of these journalists and demanding that justice be done.

"Take part in this campaign; use the hashtags #TruthNeverDies, #EndImpunity, #Journosafe, and #ProtectJournalists," urged UNESCO.

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