“On World Press Freedom Day, and every day, we say All Journalists Matter,” UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoula said on May 3, 2018. “But we also admit that some journalists matter more than others, so UNESCO has hired special operators to neutralize that inequality by the year 2030.”
In the last 10 years alone, more than 800 journalists and media workers have been killed worldwide, but only 19 percent were women, according to the latest UNESCO report “Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity.”
“A few years ago we made 123 public condemnations against the killings of journalists,” said Azoula. “Today we are condemning almost twice as many killings, again most of them men.”
The report says most of the journalists were killed not by crossfire, but rather by being hunted down and murdered, often in direct reprisal for their reporting.
But that’s not all.
Male journalists reporting on local conflicts, corruption and other illegal activities also face threats of abduction, hostage-taking, harassment, arbitrary arrest and detention at a far greater rate than female journalists.
“The freedom of women journalists to express themselves by dying in equal numbers is guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Azoula. “Women journalists have tolerated this workplace discrimination for far too long, and UNESCO is doing something about it.”