No probes into murdered African journalistsFrom ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – THE rate of impunity for crimes against journalists is extremely high in the continent, where only five of the 131 murders of journalists committed between 2006 and 2015 have been brought to court.
As such, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) have partnered to protect the media professionals.
Legal protection for journalists is an important prerequisite for freedom of expression, explained Frank La Rue, Unesco assistant director-general for communication and information.
“As long as journalists are at risk of being threatened, arbitrarily detained or killed for informing the public, freedom of expression will be curtailed and society’s ability to make informed choices limited,” said La Rue.
Unesco and ACHPR will this coming weekend host an inter-regional dialogue in Arusha, Tanzania, to raise awareness and reinforce capacity building of law professionals in Africa regarding freedom of expression, safety of journalists and halting impunity and the need to decriminalize defamation.
The event is held in preparation of this year’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which will be observed in November.
– CAJ News
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