Statement on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists


November 2, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“On this day, we remember all members of the media killed or harmed and all others who so courageously stand up for the media’s right to report freely and independently. Impunity for crimes against journalists must stop.

“Supporting honest and transparent reporting is essential for democratic societies and the rules-based international order. This includes investigating incidents of harassment or violence against journalists and ensuring that those responsible for ordering and committing attacks face justice.

“In July, alongside the United Kingdom, Canada co-hosted the first Global Conference for Media Freedom, which brought together governments, journalists, activists and other stakeholders. Canada remains firmly committed to defending media freedom at home and abroad, and we look forward to hosting the second Global Conference for Media Freedom in Canada next year.”

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