Twenty-three days to take action against impunity

By María Salazar-Ferro/Coordinator, Impunity Campaign and Journalist Assistance Program on November 1, 2012 4:28 PM ET

Approximately 30 journalists are targeted and murdered every year, and on average, in only three of these crimes are the killers ever brought to justice. Other attacks on freedom of expression occur daily: bloggers are threatened, photographers beaten, writers kidnapped. And in those instances, justice is even more rare. Today, the Committee to Protect Journalists joins freedom of expression advocates worldwide in a 23-day campaign to dismantle one case at a time a culture of impunity that allows perpetrators to gag journalists, bloggers, photographers and writers, while keeping the rest of us uninformed.

The campaign, sponsored by the IFEX global network for free expression, will highlight cases of individuals who have been threatened or persecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression. Our goal is to draw public awareness to the widespread issue of impunity by asking participants to take a specific action each day.

Today, we are calling on people across the globe to send letters to Belorussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko asking him to put a stop to continuous harassment of Irina Khalip, the Minsk correspondent for the Russian newsweekly Novaya Gazeta, who has been imprisoned, followed, and threatened for her work.

The IFEX campaign will culminate on November 23, the International Day to End Impunity. Designated as such in June 2011, by all IFEX members, the day commemorates the 2009 massacre of 32 journalists and media workers in Maguindanao, Philippines--the single deadliest attack on the press since 1992, when CPJ began keeping detailed records.

On November 23, CPJ will continue the global fight against impunity with the launch of a new digital initiative. Over the past five years, we have sought to bring awareness to the issue, focusing primarily in Russia and the Philippines--two democracies with high numbers of journalist murders and very low conviction rates. The digital campaign will promote a grassroots, global push to end the culture of impunity and drive authorities in Russia, the Philippines, and across the world to bring those responsible for killing journalists to justice.


Everyone need the freedom to speak and write without been killed

Free Dhondup Wangchen now please!!!

Tsering Vassallo November 8, 2012 12:06:58 PM ET

Freedom of speech is a basic human right. Reporters must not be murdered for speaking out against corruption in corporations and governments, or for reporting on human right or ecocide abuse.

Hi, I also blog/tweet as ActivismRocks and I will certainly be reblogging and tweeting about this.

Without Freedom of Speech, There is No Freedom.

Here's a cartoon contest on impunity and my entry. Check ou all of the 40 finalists and vote by liking.

This is a very good community to protect journalists. i really appreciate their work.

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