US calls for investigation of crimes against journalists

Strengthening investigations & prosecutions to end impunity for crimes against journalists

US calls for investigation of crimes against journalists

Department of State releases statement to mark International Day against Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

The United States called on governments around the world to independently investigate the killings, threats and attacks against journalists, and to repeal laws restricting freedom of speech.

This is stated in a statement made by the representative of the State Department Morgan Ortagus on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, which is celebrated on Monday..

“A free press is essential for informed citizens. A vibrant press can, for example, expose corruption, shed light on human rights violations and provide the public with important information in times of crisis, ”says Ortagus..

A State Department spokesman notes that in many places, journalists fulfilling this essential role may be attacked by authoritarian regimes and criminal organizations. She notes that since the beginning of the century, more than 1,500 journalists have been killed around the world, and more than 85 percent of the murderers go unpunished..

“Journalists around the world also face harassment, threats, arbitrary detention and politically motivated harassment,” Ortagus continues. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, authoritarian governments in China, Venezuela, Iran and other countries used COVID-19 as an excuse to threaten, detain and attack journalists.”.

Women journalists face specific risks, including cybertrolling, defamation and other gender-based threats, says State Department official.

Ortagus says governments create conditions for impunity without making reparations or punishing those responsible..

“Non-governmental organizations rank China, North Korea and Turkmenistan among the countries with the worst rates of press freedom, while Syria and Mexico are among the most dangerous,” the statement said. “The Committee to Protect Journalists estimates that China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt jail more journalists for their reporting than other countries.”.

“On this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, the United States is calling on governments to conduct independent and transparent investigations into threats, attacks against and killings of journalists, reform police practices that allow abuse of journalists, and repeal laws and practices that restrict freedom. their expressions “, – noted in the statement of the US Foreign Office.

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