In 2022, 67 media personnel lost their lives worldwide.
On November 2, the international community observed the International Day of War Journalists, a day to end impunity for crimes against journalists, as reported by Sarbaz.kz.
This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 due to an increasing number of cases of journalists being killed in the line of duty, making their work increasingly dangerous.
"According to international law, every journalist must remain inviolable while performing their duties. Even when their work is carried out in conflict zones, both warring parties must treat them with respect. After all, journalists have no right to carry weapons; their job is to tell the truth to everyone," the resolution states.
According to the International Federation of Journalists, 67 media personnel lost their lives in 2022. A surge in deaths was noted against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, chaos in Haiti, and the activities of criminal groups in Mexico.
The Origin of the Day of War Journalists The date for celebrating this holiday was decided to be associated with the deaths of two French journalists. This incident occurred on November 2, 2013. The journalists, assigned by their editorial office, were sent to work in Mali to report on the ongoing armed conflict. As a result, both of them were kidnapped by militants and killed. Such a brutal crime could not go unnoticed by the public. People immediately expressed their outrage, and the United Nations promptly adopted a resolution aimed at those who obstruct the work of the mass media.