Brussels, 02 November 2016 –
Today, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, EMMA continues to strongly condemn acts of violence or harassment against journalists around the world.
Freedom of speech is a fundamental value of our democratic society in Europe, yet it is still under threat. According to the UNESCO Director-General’s 2016 Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity, 2015 was the second deadliest year for journalists in the last ten years, with 115 journalists killed worldwide. Europe, unfortunately, is not immune to such tragedies: 13% of journalists were killed in Europe and North America last year.
EMMA would like to echo the call of the European Commission: we need to “take active steps to prevent and respond to violence against journalists and ensure that both state and non-state perpetrators and instigators of such violence are brought to justice.”
For further information contact:
Communications Manager, EMMA
+32 2 536 06 07