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Iba’t ibang mga pagpapaalala at pagkilala sa maraming bahagi ng mundo ang ipinaabot ngayong araw kaugnay sa kahalagahan ng ginagampanang papel ng mga journalists.

Nagpabot din ng kanilang tribute ang ilang mga world leaders at mga foreign governments at maraming mga grupo sa ginagawang trabaho ng mga mamamahayag alang-alang para sa katotohanan.

Nitong taon ang UNESCO ay inilunsad sa kanilang social media campaign ang hashtag na #KeepTruthAlive.

Ayon sa Committe to Protect Journalists (CPJ) sa nakalipas na mahigit isang dekada, mahigit 1,000 mga journalist na ang napatay at karamihan sa mga ito ay dahil sa kanilang trabaho na pag-uulat.

Sa latest report ng committee, pito umano sa 13 mga bansa na maraming napapatay na mga journalists ay mula sa Asya.

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Tinukoy din sa report na kabilang daw sa mga bansa ang hindi pa nareresolba ang maraming kaso ng media killings ay nandyan ang Syria, Iraq at panglima ang Pilipinas.

Ito umano ay mula taong 2009 hanggang nitong taong kasalukuyan.

Sinabi pa ng grupo na 19 daw sa mga journalist ang napatay na nitong taon at 64 ang missing sa iba’t ibang dako ng mundo.

Kabilang naman sa mga dahilan ayon pa sa CPJ kung bakit umiiral ang impunity ay bunsod daw ng mga sumusunod: korapsiyon, mahinang mga institusyon at kakulangan ng “political will” ng mga otoridad upang ituloy ang mga imbestigasyon.

Ang November 2 ay una nang ideniklara ng United Nations General Assembly bilang International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Una nang binigyang diin ni UN Secretary-General António Guterres na kung pinapatay at tina-target na busalan ang mga journalist, delikado umano ito para sa isang lipunan.

Inihayag pa ng lider ng UN, kung hindi bibigyang proteksiyon ang trabaho ng mga mamamahayag, mahaharap ang mundo sa kalituhan, disinformation o kaya ay laganap na fake news.

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Nanawagan pa ang UN sa lahat ng mga bansa sa buong mundo na gumawa ng mga paraan para pigilan ang mga karahasan laban sa mga journalist at habulin ang mga pumapatay.

“When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price. Without the ability to protect journalists, our ability to remain informed and contribute to decision-making is severely hampered. Without journalists able to do their jobs in safety, we face the prospect of a world of confusion and disinformation,” ani UN Sec-Gen Guterres.

Ang paggunita sa proklamasyon ng International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, ay ilang linggo bago naman gunitain sa Pilipinas ang Ampatuan massacre na nangyari noong November 23, 2009.

Isang dekada na ngayon ang Maguindanao massacre kung saan mahigit 30 mga media practitioners ang nadamay sa karumal dumal na krimen.

Narito pa ang ilang mga mensahe:

UN SEC GEN
UN Secretary-General António Guterres

UK Embassy Manila
Today we commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Journalists are the guardians of free societies. Now more than ever we must defend them

U.S. State Dept | Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor
Over 1,000 journalists in the past 12 years have been killed for reporting news to the public.On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists we remember journalists around the world that have been victims of crimes without justice #EndImpunity

EU Council Press
Freedom of expression is the very essence of democracy. On Intl. Day to #EndImpunity for Crimes against Journalists, we stand by all those who have the courage to speak up for all of us. #IDEI #KeepTruthAlive

IrelandRepCoE
A free, active and independent press is vital to ensure #RuleOfLaw #Democracy and #HumanRights On this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, and every day, let us work to #KeepTruthAlive

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NUJP@nujp
186 journalists murdered since 1986, only 17 cases resolved.
58 persons, 32 of them media workers, slaughtered on November 23, 2009. Almost 10 years hence, still no justice.

EBU
It is important that threats, hate speech, harassment and violence against journalists lead to prosecution and punishment under the rule of law.

media.eu
“Most journalists are not wounded in the heat of war coverage, but suffer violence in our immediate surroundings.”

nonoy espina@EspinaNonoy
DEFINE IMPUNITY
186 journalists murdered since 1986, only 17 cases resolved.
58 persons, 32 of them media workers, slaughtered on November 23, 2009. Almost 10 years hence, still no justice. Today, November 2, is International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Congress@INCIndia
Today we honour the journalists who gave their life to bring out the truth. On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, we must come together to prevent all acts of violence against the media.

EC in Cyprus@EUCYPRUS
No journalist should be at risk because of his or her work.
On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, we reiterate the importance of media freedom and pluralism. These are the pillars of modern democracy.

Amnesty International South Asia
Journalists in Afghanistan are among the bravest. They are at risk for just doing their jobs. On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against #Journalists, we call on Afghan government to protect journalists and hold their attackers accountable. #ProtectJournalists #BRAVE

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UKR Mission to UN
On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Ukraine reiterates its call on Russia to cease all attacks against independent journalists reporting from the occupied territories of Ukraine and to release detained, including Stanislav #Aseev. #KeepTruthAlive

Austria at UNESCO
Each year, nearly 100 journalists are killed across the world.
We gathered with ambassadors and colleagues of Permanent Delegations to support @UNESCO ‘s campaign for the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November.#KeepTruthAlive #EndImpunity

Justice for Journalists Foundation
Only by working together for justice and against impunity we will be able to increase the awareness, preparedness and safety of independent professional and citizen media workers around the world: https://bit.ly/2C3Egg5 #EndImpunity