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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.

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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 Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2014SunNov 2International Day to End ImpunityUnited Nations observance
2015MonNov 2International Day to End ImpunityUnited Nations observance
2016WedNov 2International Day to End ImpunityUnited Nations observance
2017ThuNov 2International Day to End ImpunityUnited Nations observance
2018FriNov 2International Day to End ImpunityUnited Nations observance
2019SatNov 2International Day to End ImpunityUnited Nations observance
2020MonNov 2International Day to End ImpunityUnited Nations observance

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