Video campaign calls for end to attacks against journalists in Yemen

Video campaign calls for end to attacks against journalists in Yemen
Thursday, 03 November 2016 Written by Rory Peck Trust

International press freedom groups and Yemeni journalists share video demanding end to impunity.



Launched on 2nd November - the International Day to End Impunity - the video features testimonies from a dozen Yemeni journalists.  Its aim is to raise awareness among the Yemeni public, and internationally, about the issue of safety among the country's journalists and mounting attacks against press freedom. 

From detention and kidnapping to death threats, physical and digital attacks, the video illustrates the reality for many journalists and media professionals who risk their life to report information to the public in Yemen.

Supporters of the campaign include international press freedom and journalist organizations who have been co-ordinating support for Yemeni media during the past two years. They include International Media Support, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Global Forum for Media Development, RNW Media, Community Media Network, the Rory Peck Trust, the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner in Yemen and UNESCO.

The initiative was launched in response to a perceived lack of international media coverage of the situation in Yemen and the growing dangers and attacks against journalists covering the on-going conflict. It calls for increased advocacy and further protection of media professionals in the country.

Since the beginning of the war, UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, has condemned the killings of 16 Yemeni journalists.
 
About International Day to End Impunity

November 2nd was proclaimed as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists by the United Nations General Assembly which adopted Resolution A/RES/68/163 at its 68th session in 2013. The Resolution urged Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

In the past decade 700 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public: on average one death every week. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished.
 
To find out more about how Yemeni freelancers struggle to survive and work in a deepening civil conflict, read our recent blog here

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