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IFJ reports 108 killed in 2013 and calls for action for 2014

© IFJ congress 2013, Dublin

31 December 2013

The international organisation representing journalists, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has called for all governments to respect journalists’ safety and press freedom as it published the list of journalists killed in 2013.

The National Union of Journalists for the UK and Ireland (NUJ) has denounced the unnecessary deaths of workers in 2013. The union and its global federation continue to campaign for the end of impunity for those who have killed journalists and media workers.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said:

"Journalists' unions around the world, including the National Union of Journalists in the UK and Ireland, are calling on all governments to end impunity for violence against journalists and media staff. It is appalling that so many people have lost their lives while doing their job in 2013. There have been 108 killings this year and fifteen more lost their lives in accidents while on assignments."

Colleagues have lost their lives in targeted attacks, bomb attacks and other cross fire incidents around the world. The countries with the highest number of fatalities were Syria (15), Iraq (13), Pakistan (10), Philippines (10), India (10), Somalia (7) and Egypt (6).

The IFJ has also welcomed the new UN international day of action to End Impunity on 2 November. The UN resolution was adopted by the UN general assembly on 18 December.

The resolution:

"Condemns unequivocally all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers, such as torture, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention, as well as intimidation and harassment in both conflict and non-conflict situations."

It also states:

"impunity for attacks against journalists constitutes the main challenge to the strengthening of the protection of journalists."

Jim Boumelha, IFJ president and NUJ national executive council member, said:

"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. 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.”

The IFJ figures show that violence against women journalists is on the increase.

Beth Costa, IFJ general secretary, said:

"It is clear that there is no sign of the horrific treatment of journalists abating. The UN day for 2 November is of huge importance in the fight to protect the rights, safety and freedoms of journalists across the globe, including the many women journalists who deal with discrimination and violence on a daily basis."

Download the IFJ 2013 report.

Previous reports and information about journalists killed.

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