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Nine out of ten crimes committed against journalists remain unsolved

The United Nations marked the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 370 media workers were killed in 2004-2013. Their deaths were connected to their profession in one way or another, with complete impunity in 333 cases.

 
In 2012 alone, the UNESCO Director-General condemned the murders of 123 journalists, media workers, and bloggers. In 2013, this number decreased to 91, but it still was the second deadliest year for journalists. 
 
"Seven journalists and media workers have been assassinated in this country since the beginning of the year, since the beginning of the current crisis. And many more has become victims of violent crimes. Five to seven journalists are still held captive in the Eastern regions, in Donetsk and Lugansk areas,"   said Muzaffar Suleymanov, member of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
 
Last year, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution which proclaiming the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The date was chosen in memory of two French journalists assassinated in Mali on November 2, 2013.