UNITED NATIONS- The United Nations officially celebrated the first annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI) since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution last year. 

“All the data shows we are in the midst of a very serious crisis. It’s not just one attack here and another there; dozens of journalists have been killed and hundreds detained or threatened in recent years. And yet the perpetrators are virtually never held accountable,” said United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye, he stated in a U.N. news report. 

According to the U.N., around 700 journalists have been killed over the last decade. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) estimates that already in 2014, at least 40 journalists have been killed because of their reporting activities.  

Most of these murders were carried out in connection with journalists’ reporting on instances of illegal activities and corruption. 

According to a U.N. news report, one in 10 of these cases are not investigated, either due to inadequate resources or a lack of political will. About 90 percent of the perpetrators of crimes against journalists go unpunished.

“Unless potential perpetrators know that their attacks will have legal consequences,” Kaye argued, “these instances of violence against journalists will persist. And victims are not only the journalists themselves but also societies as a whole that end up being deprived of critical information.”

In attempts to ensure the safety of journalists, the U.N. is in the process of carrying out a Plan of Action, which aims to create a free and safe environment for journalists and media workers. 

The Plan of Action will also include the establishment of an inter-agency enforcement mechanism which will handle issues related to the protection of journalists as well as providing assistance to nations to develop legislation that supports freedom of information.

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission announced in September it would push forward legislation to protect journalist. The Latin American country has a bad reputation regarding freedom of expression and crimes against journalist, according to CPJ.