Global Campaign Against Impunity

Murder is the ultimate form of censorship, yet the perpetrators are seldom held to account. In nine 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. CPJ is seeking justice for these slain journalists, including full and timely investigations and convictions of those who carry out and order the murders. Although their voices have been silenced, we are speaking up. Their legacy is in our hands.

Read CPJ’s 2019 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.


So what is Impunity?

When we talk about impunity, we are referring to unsolved murders where no convictions have been obtained. There should always be consequences for the murder of a journalist, and CPJ’s campaign to end impunity strives to ensure that those responsible are ultimately brought to justice. Learn more about our methodology here.

The Hard Facts:

  • 859 Murders
  • Among them were 260 print reporters, 223 broadcast reporters, 56 photographers
  • 799 were local, 60 of them were foreign journalists
  • In at least 92 countries

Impunity around the world

In the past year there has been a troubling spike in the number of journalists murdered for their work. The cases above are only a fraction of the men and women who have been slain in the line of duty. Each is a heartbreaking loss, and represents countless stories that will go untold. Below are a few examples of where CPJ is actively pursuing justice.