International Association of Prosecutors and UNESCO unite to support prosecutions of crimes against journalists
UNESCO and the IAP have embarked upon a new partnership to promote the safety of journalists and end the impunity of crimes against journalists.
UNESCO and the IAP have embarked upon a new partnership to promote the safety of journalists and end impunity, as well as to reinforce the rule of law, through an agreement presented during an online event on 8 December 2020. As part of the new partnership, the two organizations launched a new set of guidelines for Prosecutors on Cases of Crimes against Journalists on 10 December in The Hague (Netherlands), during the World Press Freedom Day Conference, held from 9-10 December 2020.
According to UNESCO data, close to 9 out of 10 cases of killings of journalists in the world remain judicially unresolved. The guidelines for prosecutors on investigating and prosecuting cases of crimes against journalists identify the key elements to consider in the decision-making process when an alleged crime is committed against a journalist and propose a series of elements to be taken into account to proceed with the investigation and prosecution of these cases.