Global Campaign Against Impunity

Campaign Against Impunity

Murder is the ultimate form of censorship. Hundreds of journalists are murdered, [Link to Murdered page as now] , 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

Ortega family
Gerardo Ortega , freelance

Murdered:January 24, 2011, in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines

Beats: Business, Corruption, Politics

Case status: Partial impunity

"Don't allow the story to end here. We must put the guilty behind bars."
- Michaella Ortega, daughter of journalist and activist Gerardo Ortega following the conviction of a gunman who shot her father.

Ortega aired investigations into illegal mining and political misconduct in Palawan province on local radio until his assassination in 2011. While the gunman and a person who arranged the hit have been sentenced, the two men they implicated as ordering and paying for the crime--former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and his brother Mario, a former mayor--still await trial. Despite having evaded arrest for more than three years, Mario Reyes was granted bail in early May 2016. The Philippines is #4 on CPJ's 2015 Impunity Index. Not one of the masterminds behind the killing of more than 40 journalists over the past decade has been brought to justice. Help ensure that those with money and power are not above the law by calling on president elect Rodrigo Duterte to ensure a swift trial of the Reyes brothers.

Impunity Index

From Brazil to Pakistan, Russia to India, CPJ names the 12 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. Details »

Get Involved

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

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. Resources »

Road to justice: Breaking cycle of impunity

Despite increased international attention to the murders of journalists, governments fail to take action to reduce the high rates of targeted violence and impunity, the Committee to Protect Journalists finds. In the past 10 years, 370 journalists were murdered; in 90 percent of cases, there are no convictions. The unchecked, unsolved murders of journalists is one of the greatest threats to press freedom today.
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793 journalists murdered worldwide since 1992

687 journalists murdered with impunity
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Courtney Radsch
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Tel: 929-777-0403

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