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November 02, 2021

Statement of ABA President Reginald Turner Re: Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2021 – The American Bar Association joins the international community in observing the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

Journalists worldwide risk harassment, intimidation, imprisonment, and violent attacks – even death – in their work.

Like lawyers, journalists play an integral role in promoting democracy and the rule of law. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are among the most important foundations for a free society. Governments need to respect these freedoms and hold accountable those who perpetrate crimes against journalists.

We pay tribute to the journalists who have risked their safety to do their jobs and reaffirm the importance of freedom of the press for ensuring an informed, democratic society and for advancing the rule of law.

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