New Delhi: “In the past fourteen years approx. 12oo journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems,” said Dr. Sandeep Marwah President of International Journalism Centre at the conference at Marwah Studios to observe International Day to End Impunity For Crimes against Journalists.
These figures do not include the many more journalists, who on a daily basis suffer from non-fatal attacks, including torture, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, intimidation and harassment in both conflict and non-conflict situations. Furthermore, there are specific risks faced by women journalists, including sexual attacks.
“When attacks on journalists remain unpunished, a very negative message is sent that reporting the “embarrassing truth” or “unwanted opinions” will get ordinary people in trouble. Furthermore, society loses confidence in its own judiciary system which is meant to protect everyone from attacks on their rights. Perpetrators of crimes against journalists are thus emboldened when they realize they can attack their targets without ever facing justice,” added Dr. Marwah.
Large number of young and old journalist attended the webinar. The event was supported by International Chamber of Media And Entertainment Industry and AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.