WAN-IFRA resolution on journalists’ safety

Dismayed by the attacks on journalists across the world and the impunity surrounding the violence against the media, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on Sunday made out a case for governments, international institutions and the media industry giving higher priority to journalists’ safety.

In a resolution adopted during the 67th World News Media Congress, 22nd World Editors Forum and 25th World Advertising Forum in Washington D.C., the WAN-IFRA Board noted that at least 1,127 journalists had been killed in the line of duty since 1992. Of these, over 50 per cent were print journalists and in a vast majority of cases, those killed were local journalists. In more than 90 per cent of the cases, no one was brought to book, the Board pointed out in its resolution.

Denouncing the impunity that surrounds the murder of journalists, the Board called for stronger multilateral efforts to punish those who target journalists as a measure of deterrence against future crimes. Besides urging governments worldwide to actively support the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, the Board said media support organisations should work closely with media companies to address gaps in training, equipment and expertise that could contribute to reducing dangers.

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