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The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is a UN-recognized day observed annually on 2 November.

The day draws attention to the low global conviction rate for violent crimes against journalists and media workers, estimated at only one in every ten cases.[1] As these individuals play a critical role in informing and influencing the public about important social issues, impunity for attacks against them has a particularly damaging impact, limiting public awareness and constructive debate.[2]

On 2 November, organizations and individuals worldwide are encouraged to talk about the unresolved cases in their countries, and write to government and intra-governmental officials to demand action and justice. UNESCO and civil society groups throughout the world use 2 November as a launch date for reports, events and other advocacy initiatives relating to the problem of impunity for crimes against freedom of expression, including the publication of UNESCO’s bi-annual Director-General’s report, which catalogues the responses of states to UNESCO’s formal request for updates on progress in cases of killings of journalists and media workers.

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