A World Without Journalists Is A World Without Democracy

Stop killing journalists. Photo: UNESCO
Stop killing journalists. Photo: UNESCO

UNESCO observes that a world without journalists is a world without democracy and urges you to stand up for freedom and stand up for journalists. In a message released Monday, UNESCO says we have the power to end impunity for crimes against journalists.

It has also released an online exhibition of 17 drawings titled “Draw So As Not to Write Them Off” (Dessiner Pour Ne Pas Tirer Un Trait) that have been created by different press cartoonists to honour the memory of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, who were murdered in Mali on 2 November 2013 while reporting for Radio France Internationale (RFI).

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The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted 2 November as the International day to end impunity for crimes against journalists (A/RES/68/163).

The exhibition is organized by UNESCO and the Association ‘Les Amis de Ghislaine Dupont et Claude Verlon’ marking the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the UNGA resolution as well as the 6th anniversary of the tragic murder of the two French journalists.

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