UNESCO reports that murders of journalists decreased in 2021

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Some 55 journalists were killed in 2021 worldwide, “the lowest figure in more than 10 years,” the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) revealed on Thursday.

The entity also explained that its Observatory of Murdered Journalists reported that two thirds of the murders took place in countries that do not suffer from armed conflicts, a totally different situation from that of 2013, when “the same number of crimes took place in nations with confrontations.”

Most of the deaths in 2021 occurred in just two regions: Asia-Pacific, with 23 murders, while in Latin America and the Caribbean there were 14.

UNESCO emphasized that, despite the decline, “communication professionals continue to face a large number of risks” and denounced that “impunity” for crimes against communicators “remains widespread” and that 87% of murders committed since 2006 remain unsolved.

In a Press release , the United Nations body cited that journalists “continue to be subjected to high rates of imprisonment, physical attacks, intimidation and harassment, even when covering protests.”

He also highlighted that women journalists especially face a scandalous prevalence of digital harassment for practicing the profession.

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