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62 journalists killed at work – UNESCO

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UNITED Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has said that no fewer than 62 journalists were killed just for doing their jobs in 2020.

  The UN agency stated that between 2006 and 2020, over 1,200 professionals lost their lives the same way and nine out of 10 cases, the killers go unpunished.

  The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in his message to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists noted that many journalists had lost their lives while covering conflict and the number of media workers killed outside conflict zones, has risen in recent years.

  “In many countries, simply investigating corruption, trafficking, human rights violations or environmental issues put journalists’ lives at risk,” the UN chief said, adding that “crimes against journalists have an enormous impact on society as a whole, because they prevent people from making informed decisions.

  “The COVID-19 pandemic, and the shadow pandemic of misinformation, has demonstrated that access to facts and science is literally a matter of life and death,” he stated.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, also marked the day with a message, saying that, for too many journalists, “telling the truth comes at a cost.”

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