An increasing number of journalists have been targeted in 2017 because of the work they do. They have been subject to physical assault, imprisonment, court convictions, arbitrary detention, interrogation, stalking, verbal attacks, online threats, and seizure of equipment. In some cases, their family members have also been targeted.
The perpetrators of these attacks are almost never held accountable. In the overwhelming majority of cases, authorities have acted with impunity, and non-state actors have gone unpunished. Instead, reporters are the ones who are treated as criminals.
On November 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, #CITYIMAGES pays tribute to all journalists and their family members and some who are being held in prison and under threat.
We demand respect for international standards and commitments to allow newsmen and newswomen everywhere to do their jobs safely, securely, and with the full protection of the law as they bring news and information to the people who need it most.