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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

The United Nations (UN) have dedicated November 2 as a special day to condemn all attacks against journalists and media workers: The Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Photographer between demonstrators and police line.
Photographer between demonstrators and police line in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Life-threatening Occupation

Not all countries are open to freedom of speech and being a journalist can be a life-threatening occupation. According to the UN, more than 700 journalists were killed between 2004 and 2014.

Many of these deaths are either unsolved murders or killings in crossfire/combat. Only a small number of these has led to a conviction.

In Memory of Two Killed Journalists

In late 2013, the UN decided to dedicate November 2 to draw attention to crimes against journalists. The date was chosen in memory of two French journalists. Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were brutally murdered in Mali on November 2, 2013. They were seen being beaten before they were driven away in a truck. Some sources say their bodies were found riddled with bullets, while others report their throats may have been cut.

Keeping Journalists Safe

This UN day is one of a number of campaigns urging leaders and governments to prevent violence against news workers. The UN has a number of similar days, like World Press Freedom Day.

What's Open or Closed?

The day is a global observance and not a public holiday so it's business as usual.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SunNov 22014International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against JournalistsUnited Nations observance
MonNov 22015International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against JournalistsUnited Nations observance
WedNov 22016International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against JournalistsUnited Nations observance
ThuNov 22017International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against JournalistsUnited Nations observance
FriNov 22018International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against JournalistsUnited Nations observance
SatNov 22019International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against JournalistsUnited Nations observance
MonNov 22020International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against JournalistsUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists raises awareness about violence against journalists.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against JournalistsEnglish
Día Internacional del fin a la Impunidad de los Crímenes contra PeriodistasSpanish
היום בינלאומי לקץ לפטור מעונש על פשעים נגד עיתונאיםHebrew
اليوم الدولي لإنهاء الإفلات من العقاب على الجرائم المرتكبةArabic
국제 날 처벌을 종료하려면Korean
Internationaler Tag für ein Ende der Straflosigkeit für Verbrechen gegen JournalistenGerman

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