Global Campaign Against Impunity

The murder of a journalist is the ultimate form of censorship, yet the perpetrators of such crimes are seldom held to account. In more than eight out of 10 cases where a journalist has been targeted for murder, their killers go free. The price of a story should never be that high—and the murder of a journalist should never be accepted. CPJ is seeking justice for these slain journalists, including full and timely investigations and the convictions of those who carry out and order the murders. Although the voices of these journalists have been silenced, we are speaking up for them. Their legacy is now in our hands, and we won’t rest until justice is achieved.

Read CPJ’s 2020 Impunity Index here.


Marie Colvin

Last column: February 19, 2012

Javier Valdez Cardenas

Last column: May 15, 2017

James Foley

Last column: October 16, 2012

Daniel Pearl

Last column: January 12, 2002

Syed Saleem Shahzad

Last column: May 27, 2011

Shujaat Bukhari

Last column: June 9, 2018

Samir Kassir

Last column: May 27, 2005

Pavel Sheremet

Last column: March 17, 2016

Miroslava Breach Velducea

Last column: March 14, 2017

Lasantha Wickramatunga

Last column: January 11, 2009

Guillermo Cano

Last column: December 21, 1986

Gauri Lankesh

Last column: September 9, 2017.

Deyda Hydara

Last column: December 18, 2008

Avijit Roy

Last column: April/May 2015

Anna Politkovskaya

Last column: October 12, 2006

Gerald Fischman

Last column: June 27, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi

Last column: October 17, 2018

Rafiq Taği

Last column: November 10, 2011

The Last Column

These journalists are among those featured in “The Last Column,'” a book highlighting the 24 final works of journalists killed in the service of newsgathering.

The global initiative, which sheds light on what is lost when a journalist is murdered, includes the book, a mini-documentary, live events, and educational content. Learn more about The Last Column here.