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Together, let us stand up for journalists, for truth and for justice: UN Chief Antonio Guterres
Ahead of the UN proclaimed 'International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists' (November 2), UN Chief has urged Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity as well as promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference.

"On this day, I pay tribute to journalists who do their jobs every day despite intimidation and threats. Their work – and that of their fallen colleagues -- reminds us that truth never dies. Neither must our commitment to the fundamental right to freedom of expression," stated the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message.

He urged, "Together, let us stand up for journalists, for truth and for justice."

"In just over a decade, more than a thousand journalists have been killed while carrying out their indispensable work. Nine out of ten cases are unresolved, with no one held accountable. Female journalists are often at greater risk of being targeted not only for their reporting but also because of their gender, including through the threat of sexual violence," added Guterres in his message.

According to the UN, in the past twelve years (2006-2017) close to 1010 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. Accordingly, a need has expresses to prevent violence against journalists and media workers, to ensure accountability, bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media workers, and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies.

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