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Crimes against journalists on the rise: International Press Institute

1st November, 2020 GOVERNANCE

Context: The International Press Institute (IPI) said the impunity with which crimes against journalists are committed continued to rise as governments had failed to probe the cases.

  • 52 journalists, including two in India, had died due to their work since October 2019, of which 24 were murdered in targeted attacks, according to the IPI’s “Death Watch”.
  • “An additional 15 cases are considered to be likely targeted attacks but remain under investigation regarding the motive.
  • The unbroken cycle of impunity for crimes against journalists fuels further violence against the press at a time when the free flow of news is more valuable than ever.
  • Even the fact of arrests does not necessarily indicate genuine progress in an investigation into the killing of a journalist.
  • Authorities need to ensure that all those involved in the killing of a journalist are brought to justice.

International Press Institute

  • It is an international network of editors, journalists and media executives.