The call for ending immunity for crimes against journalists

The National Union of Journalists in partnership with the International Federation of Journalists carried out a campaign to counter crimes against journalists, as a part of the global day of action on November 2 (Thursday).

 

Strikingly, on the same day four years ago in 2013, it was adopted the first UN day of action, following the anniversary of the murder of the French journalists- Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont in Kidal, Mali.

On an Early Day Motion session yesterday (November 2) in parliament, the chair of the NUJ parliamentary group, Clive Lewis MP, spotlit NUJ’s main concerns as holding governments responsible for impunity records, and speaking out against crimes targeting journalists. 

 

 

The message went viral on social media and gathered followers and supporters from all over the world in seconds. From Boris Johnson and the United Nations, to UNESCO and a variety of international government establishments, they all shared the same goal for a day – justice for the journalists who have died on the field.

 

 

 

Solicitous people from across the globe joined the campaign too by publishing workplace photos, videos or just posting photos with stats of the victims.

 

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Journalists represent a core part of each community. They are the messengers who observe those in power, and alert the public when they see wrongdoings and injustice. But all this would be out of the question in a society without freedom of speech.

 

The NUJ has appealed to supporters stand up for what they believe in and seek justice for murdered journalists by tweeting the governments and their leaders in countries where journalists have been killed and no one was convicted.

Another way to contribute to the cause is to contact local MP to make a tweet of support of this campaign, and sign the EDM 485 form.

For full details visit:  https://www.nuj.org.uk/news/nuj-campaigns-to-end-impunity-for-crimes-against-journalists/ 

 

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