The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization stated that impunity is “very common”.Unesco).
“Again in 2021, too many reporters paid the ultimate price for revealing the trutht”, Say Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.
“The world now needs independent, truthful information more than ever. We must do more to ensure that those who work tirelessly to provide this service can do so without fear.”
Although the number of victims is at the lowest level in a decade, UNESCO highlighted the many dangers that journalists face when trying to report stories and expose wrongdoing.
In 2021, as in previous years, Journalists face high rates of imprisonment, personal assault, intimidation and harassment, Including when reporting on protests.
UNESCO stated that female journalists continue to face particular danger because they have been subjected to “shocking online harassment” and cited data This shows that nearly three-quarters of female media professionals surveyed have experienced online violence related to their work.
according toUNESCO Observatory for Journalists Killed, Two-thirds of victims in 2021 will die in countries where there is no armed conflict.
This marked a complete reversal of the situation in 2013, when two-thirds of the killings occurred in countries experiencing conflict.
Most deaths in 2021 occurred in only two regions, with 23 people killed in the Asia-Pacific region and 14 in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Wednesday, Ms. Azule condemn The Myanmar journalist Sai Win Aung was killed.
Mr. Ang (also known as A Sai K) died on December 25 while reporting on the plight of refugees in the southeastern Kayin State.
During his tenure Federal News MagazineUNESCO quoted reports that he was killed in a cannon attack by the Myanmar Armed Forces, making him the second journalist killed in Myanmar last month.
UNESCO has a global mission to ensure freedom and safety of speech for journalists around the world.
Whenever a journalist or media professional is killed, the agency systematically urges the authorities to conduct a full investigation.
The agency also coordinates UN action plan on the safety of journalists and impunity, Which marks its 10th anniversary in 2022.
UNESCO also provides training for journalists and judicial personnel, works with governments to formulate supporting policies and laws, and adopts policies such as World Press Freedom Day, To commemorate on May 3rd of each year.