Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:51AM
November 23 marks the international day against unlawful killings of reporters in the line of duty. The day has been marked since the worst massacre of journalists in history, which took place in the Philippines three years ago.
23 November commemorates the International Day to End Impunity. It's a day of remembrance of at least 34 reporters who were killed in the Philippines in 2009. They were covering local elections in the town of Ampatuan when they were abducted by armed men and later killed. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls it the deadliest single attack on the press ever documented. The day of remembrance has been observed since 2011 and it's now an annual event that highlights the dangers of reporters' work. It also highlights the fact that impunity remains one of the biggest issues in attacks against journalists. Journalists around the world are kidnapped, assaulted and often killed. According to the International Press Institute's death watch, a total of 119 journalists have been killed so far this year as a consequence of their work. Syria is the deadliest country in 2012 where Press TV's own correspondent, Maya Nasser, was murdered in Damascus while reporting. Journalists often receive threats over their work, newsrooms get raided and burnt and more often than not, reporters' deaths remain unsolved. Journalism is regarded as one of the most dangerous professions in the world. And despite colossal protection efforts, it's impossible to completely safeguard against the dangers of the job. But remembering the effort and bravery of those who passed away makes the job worthwhile.