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2019 International Day to End Impunity - Strengthening international cooperation to end impunity for crimes and attacks against journalists
5 Nov 2019 -  UNESCO and the New York Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists are marking the International Day at the UN Headquarters in New York with the screening of the documentary film “Under the Wire” (no webcast).
Legendary war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy were no strangers to danger but their last mission together would shock the world, this is the story of that fatal, final mission. An adaptation of Conroy's book, Chris Martin's film unfolds like a thriller showing the horrors that those who risk their lives to uncover the truth endure.
The event aims to strengthen the fight against impunity and inscribe this issue in the larger framework to protect fundamental human rights and the realization of Sustainable Development. Impunity for crimes against journalists constitutes one of the main factors fuelling the cycle of violence against the exercise of freedom of expression. It weakens not only freedom of expression and access to information, but all other fundamental rights.
The event at UNHQ will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to focus on the importance of ending impunity for crimes against journalists. The main outcome of this mobilization is underscoring the importance of the fundamental right to freedom of expression and its corollaries such as access to information, freedom of the press and the safety of journalists.
-Moderation by UNESCO
-Opening by Representative from Group of Friends for Protection of Journalists
-Discussion with Chris Martin, Director, “Under the Wire” (TBC)
-Testimony from Cathleen Colvin, sister of Marie Colvin
-Testimony from Marie Solange Poinsot, mother of Ghislaine Dupont, the Radio France Internationale journalist murdered in Mali on 2 November 2013 alongside Claude Verlon