Global Campaign Against Impunity

Murder is the ultimate form of censorship. Hundreds of journalists are murdered, but in nine out of 10 cases their killers go free. CPJ is waging a global campaign against impunity. Join us. Raise your voice. Speak out for justice.

Impunity Spotlight

Jamal Khashoggi

Murdered: October 2, 2018

Case Status: Complete Impunity

Prominent Saudi Journalist, and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 never to be seen again. As the details of his fate began to emerge, the story turned from mysterious to deeply depraved. The calculated murder of Khashoggi—a critical journalist killed by government officials, in their consulate on foreign soil—poses a threat to journalists everywhere, and those responsible must be held to account.

There is no single path to justice in the Jamal Khashoggi murder, but the brutality of the crime, and the scope of Saudi influence demand an extraordinary response. CPJ has been engaging with Congress to ensure the U.S. intelligence community is transparent about what it knew of threats to Khashoggi, and what it has learned about his murder, and to urge the Trump administration to hold all perpetrators accountable and along with several partner organizations, CPJ has called on Turkey to ask the U.N. to launch an international investigation into this depraved crime. Join CPJ in calling for justice in the grotesque murder of Jamal Khashoggi, for as difficult as the pursuit of justice for Jamal might be, the safety of all journalists depends on it.

To learn more about the crackdown on dissenting voices in Saudi Arabia, click here.

Impunity Index

From Brazil to Pakistan, Russia to India, CPJ names the countries where journalists are regularly murdered and the killers go unpunished. The Index calculates the number of unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population.

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Get Involved

You can make a difference in several ways. Add your voice to those seeking justice. Provide us with leads and information.

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A Global Movement

From Colombia to Somalia, organizations around the world work to end impunity. Responding to our voices, the U.N. General Assembly established November 2 as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Learn more about how the global response to impunity and what you can do November 2.

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Impunity Index: Getting Away With Murder

Impunity is entrenched in 14 countries, CPJ's 2018 index shows, with Somalia, Syria, and Iraq topping the list. Back on the index after an absence are Afghanistan, where a suicide bomber targets journalists, and Colombia, where a kidnapped news crew are murdered.
Infographic: 2018 index | Methodology | All journalists murdered for their work
Op-Ed: Stop killing the messenger

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Campaign Coordinator

Courtney Radsch
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