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African journalists meet to discuss safety

African journalists meet to discuss safety
ON DISCUSSION: Sharing of ideas

Statistics has once again shown that there are no safe spaces for journalists.

Of the 117 journalists killed in 2020-2021, 78%, or 91 journalists, were killed while away from their offices, the UNESCO Director-General’s report on the safety of journalists and the danger of impunity published on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2022, has highlighted.

To celebrate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in Africa, a Conference was held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from the 11th of -12 November 2022.

2022 marks the 10th anniversary since the endorsement of the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity (UN Plan of Action) by the Chief Executive Board of the United Nations and its launch at the 2nd UN Inter-Agency.

The IDEI Africa conference in Victoria Falls is expected to develop the Safety Roadmap for Africa towards the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity beyond 2022 and address gaps in achieving its main targets. Please find enclosed concept note and draft programme.

Meanwhile the UNESCO Director-General’s report has revealed an increase in female journalists killings.

African journalists meet to discuss safety

BAR CHAT: Killings of journalists and media workers

In 2021, the percentage of women among all journalists killed almost doubled, rising to 11% from 6% the previous year.

Available data as of 30 September 2022 shows that again 11% of killings so far have been women journalists.

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