On the occasion of today's International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance, Luise Amtsberg, and nine other European Human Rights Ambassadors issued the following statement (2 November):
Media freedom is the oxygen of democracy: Today marks the Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
Freedom of opinion and expression and access to information are integral elements to democratic and prosperous societies. Yet, journalists and media professionals face growing threats around the world, offline and online. Women are especially targeted.
We demand accountability for all crimes against journalists. In 2022 alone, UNESCO has recorded more than 70 journalists and media workers who have been killed because they exercised their human rights.
We stand together in support of journalists and condemn the violence they face while working for a more democratic future.
The above statement was issued by the Human Rights Ambassadors of Germany, France, Spain, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Slovakia, the Netherlands and the UK.