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UNESCO tracks inquiries into journalist killings

AFP  |  Paris 

The UN's culture and education watchdog said Tuesday it had created a database for tracking investigations into the murders of journalists around the world as calls rise for authorities to be held accountable for attacks on the press.

said its observatory, which tracks nearly 1,300 killings going back to 1993, went live last Friday to coincide with the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Most recently the murder of the Saudi at in Istanbul, which claims was on the orders of the government led by Mohammed bin Salman, has drawn widespread condemnation.

"These deaths provide a tragic demonstration of the risks many journalists face in the line of duty," the Paris-based body said, noting that in 89 per cent of cases the killers go unpunished.

It said more than 80 deaths have been reported so far this year, representing one or other media employee killed every four days.

Often reporters are targeted while covering violent conflicts such as the fight against the in Afghanistan, where AFP was among ten journalists killed by suicide bombers last April.

But others have occurred in democratic countries, including the brutal murder of the 30-year-old television in last month.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 01:00 IST