82 journalists and media staff, including 8 women, were killed in 2017, fewer compared to recent years and yet there are still too many. The number of journalists and media staff killed in the course of their work last year was actually the lowest in the past decade, according to the 27th annual account of the IFJ, against 93 the previous year.
Behind these statistics, there are families, children, friends, who remain in the vast majority of cases without answers from the authorities as to the state of investigation for those killings. Indeed, only one in 10 murders are investigated, according to the Unesco. Tragedies are continuing and very few voices are raised.
After months of thought and discussion, the IFJ launched in November a Convention on the Safety and Independence of Journalists which will be voted on by the United Nations General Assembly. This text is a codification of existing resolutions, and will be binding on states failing to enforce fundamental international law.
This text must be promoted by each of our affiliates. This is no longer the exclusive role for the IFJ, the world's leading organisation of journalists, it is now the responsibility of our entire profession.
IFJ General secretary