2023. November 1 – 19:22
Human rights violations and abuses against journalists cannot go unpunished, and democracy cannot function without a free and independent media, the European Commission said on Wednesday, marking the International Day against Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
Media are under attack around the world, wrote the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and EU Commissioner for Transparency and Ethics Vera Jourova in a joint statement issued on the occasion of the International Day on 2 November.
Journalists are increasingly being targeted by legislation that restricts freedom of expression.
By filing arbitrary legal procedures, which limits pluralism and editorial independence and violates freedom of expression.
“Protecting journalists means protecting our rights. Democracy cannot function without a free and independent media.”
The European Commission condemns the murders, physical attacks, arbitrary arrests, online and offline intimidation, harassment and surveillance that journalists sometimes face while exercising their profession. They wrote that human rights violations and abuses against journalists cannot go unpunished.