Impunity

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Press freedom groups urge Russia to probe murders of journalists

November 3, 2014 12:20 PM ET

On Sunday, which marked the first United Nations-backed International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, CPJ joined a coalition of international press freedom and human rights groups in urging Russian investigators to serve justice for our murdered colleagues....

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Russian actor condemned for wearing press insignia and firing weapons

October 31, 2014 4:09 PM ET

Russian actor Mikhail Porechenkov has joined basketball star Dennis Rodman, who declared North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un his best friend, and Jennifer Lopez who sang "Happy Birthday Mr. President" to the authoritarian leader of Turkmenistan, on the list of celebrities...

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The Road to Justice

October 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET

Foreword By Myroslava Gongadze It is a sad truth of today’s world that the life of a journalist is often a dangerous one. We in the media hear daily reports of crimes against journalists, from intimidation to murder, and it...

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The Road to Justice

October 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET

1. What Does Impunity Mean? In 1981, the year CPJ was founded, Argentina was enmeshed in the so-called Dirty War, in which dozens of journalists were disappeared. Most were never seen again. To this day, no one has systematically documented...

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The Road to Justice

October 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET

3. Where Impunity Thrives A climate of impunity reached a tragic culmination on November 23, 2009, when gunmen ambushed a caravan escorting political candidate Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu as he prepared to file papers to become a candidate for provincial governor...

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The Road to Justice

October 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET

Sidebar: The Unsolved Murder of Natalya Estemirova Russia's well-developed security apparatus has the investigative and judicial capacity to prosecute suspects in the 14 unsolved murders of journalists that took place there in the past decade, at least by the account...

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The Road to Justice

October 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET

5. Building Pressure, Enforcing Compliance The United Nations has escalated its focus on journalist killings, declaring that unpunished attacks against journalists are a major threat not only to press freedom, but also to all major areas of the U.N.’s work....

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The Road to Justice

October 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET

Conclusion Today the fight against impunity has reached an important juncture. There is awareness on domestic and global levels of the extreme peril posed to journalists and the public’s right to information when violence against the press is met with...

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The Road to Justice

October 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET

Appendix I At least 370 journalists have been murdered in direct connection to their work from the beginning of 2004 through 2013, according to CPJ research. In 333 of the cases, no one has been convicted. In 28 cases, some...

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The Road to Justice

October 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET

Slideshow: Seeking the Masterminds CPJ research shows that in 88 percent of cases of journalist slayings around the world, the masterminds behind the murders face no consequences, even when their accomplices are apprehended....

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