International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

“An attack on journalists represents an attack on democracy and pluralistic societies.” High Representative Federica Mogherini

On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the European Union commends the work of journalists in uncovering abuses of power, shining a light on corruption and human right violations, and questioning received opinion, often putting themselves at risk of intimidation, violence and death. An independent and free media is the basis of a participatory and pluralist democracy, and a tool to make governments accountable for their actions.

We condemn killings, acts of violence, intimidation and harassment against journalists and other media actors in the strongest possible terms. Any impunity for these crimes is a blow to democracy and to the fundamental rights such as freedom of expression.

The EU will continue to use all appropriate external policy and financial instruments to enhance the quality of journalism, access to public information and freedom of expression.