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End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

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2nd November is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, a day that draws together efforts to denounce threats to journalists and media freedom worldwide. WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum contribute editorials from leading editors and highlight some of the major actions taking place to mark the day.

There has never been a more dangerous time for journalists. They are being killed and imprisoned worldwide in record numbers. They face daily threats, attacks and intimidation from private individuals, non-state actors, and government officials who seek to silence them. The overwhelming majority of these crimes are committed with impunity.

 

Those responsible for 9 out of 10 journalist murders go unpunished.

Freely available for you to download and publish below is a series of editorials from our World Editors Forum members that highlight the issue of impunity. We urge you to get in touch to share your experiences of dealing with impunity and the safety of journalists so that we can help inform our global community of how best to tackle threats to freedom of expression. Together, we are strong enough to #EndImpunity

 


 End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

"If impunity for crimes against journalists is allowed to persist then it will devastate our ability to understand the complex issues that increasingly concern our globalised world." Read/Download

Erik Bjerager, President, World Editors Forum

 


Killing of Journalists: The Show Never Stops

"It is not surprising that, in the past few years, Pakistan has come to be regarded as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists. Ironically, the press freedom that Pakistani journalists won after struggling for three decades has, in some ways, become their own nemesis." Read/Download

Zaffar Abbas, Editor, Dawn newspaper

 


Free Media Essential for Stability

"Concern about journalist’s safety flares and fades in Africa in tandem with incidents of physical attacks on media professionals. Unlike the continual debate about media freedom, the very survival of journalists as human beings, oddly, is never seen as an essential ingredient of democratic development." Read/Download

Joseph Odindo, former Editorial Director, Nation Media Group

 


The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity

The Plan of Action aims to creating of a free and safe environment for journalists and media workers, both in conflict and non-conflict situations, with a view to strengthening peace, democracy and development worldwide. Its measures include, among other undertakings, the establishment of a coordinated inter-agency mechanism to handle issues related to the safety of journalists as well as assisting countries to develop legislation and mechanisms favourable to freedom of expression and information, and supporting their efforts to implement existing international rules and principles.

To further reinforce prevention, the Plan recommends working in cooperation with governments, media houses, professional associations and NGOS to conduct awareness raising campaigns on a wide range of issues such as existing international instruments and conventions, the growing dangers posed by emerging threats to media professionals, including non-state actors, as well as various existing practical guides on the safety of journalists.

Download the Plan: http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/official_documents/UN_plan_on_Safety_Journalists_EN.pdf

Visit the website to learn more: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/freedom-of-expression/safety-of-journalists/un-plan-of-action/

 


Speak Justice - Voices Against Impunity

More than 660 journalists have been murdered since 1992. Their killers have for the most part evaded punishment. Reporting on corruption, crime, conflict, politics, and human rights has proven deadly for too many. Threats and kidnappings escalate into killings, a fatal yet avoidable outcome cemented by weak or indifferent authorities who feed a cycle of impunity.

In 90 percent of the cases, no perpetrator has been brought to justice. This silencing message fosters self-censorship. It weakens the ability of the press to hold power to account and suppresses public scrutiny of sensitive issues.

Speak Justice: Voices Against Impunity is an opportunity to break the cycle by demanding justice for murdered journalists. Empower impactful reporting and shield reporters from reprisal. Join our quest for justice and defend our collective right to information.

Visit https://speakjusticenow.org

 


#EndImpunity

In November 2011, IFEX launched its inaugural campaign to end impunity, after the IFEX membership identified the issue of impunity as a major obstacle to freedom of expression.

The campaign drew global attention to unresolved cases of aggression against individuals who were simply exercising their free expression rights and marked, on 23 November, the anniversary of the 2009 Maguindanao, Ampatuan massacre, when 58 people – including 32 journalists and media workers – were murdered in the Philippines. To date, none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice.

Since the first year, there have been notable developments in the global campaign against impunity. In December 2013, the United Nations passed a Resolution on the safety of journalists, and declared 2 November the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

IFEX 2014 End Impunity campaign activities:

  • Lobbying of UN member states: On 2 October 2014, IFEX sent a letter to all permanent United Nations missions asking them to formally recognise the Resolution, to release a statement on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, and to encourage their governments to comply with requests for information for the Director-General of UNESCO's Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity.
  • Commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre: IFEX is running a digital campaign from 17 to 23 November. Individuals are being asked to send tweets demanding justice in arguably the worst case of impunity for crimes against the media on record – no convictions yet for the murders of 32 journalists and media workers in one attack in the Philippines, on 23 November 2009.

Visit: http://daytoendimpunity.org

 


Download and share the 'Culture of Impunity' infographic from IFEX here: http://daytoendimpunity.org/take_action/?day=02#maincontent

 


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