Justice is served in less than 15 percent of journalist murders. Our research suggests that the absence of justice promotes a higher incidence of murder. "Impunity," one Russian lawyer tells CPJ, "is a chronic disease."
The Road to Justice by Sheila Coronel, with reporting by Elisabeth Witchel Marlene Garcia-Esperat is among dozens of reporters murdered in the Philippines. Unlike all the others, though, her case might actually be solved.
AUDIO SLIDE SHOWElisabeth Witchel discusses CPJ's campaign against impunity in journalist murders
Another Mystery in Moscow by Ann Cooper Did a respected military reporter really jump to his death? In the case of Ivan Safronov, there are many questions, few answers, and not much hope.
The Local Newsman by Frank Smyth Chauncey Bailey was a tough local reporter who dug into crime and corruption. The murder of a journalist may seem to be an aberration in the United States, but Bailey's case shows that there is much more to the story.
This package of stories is part of "Justice Project," a Dangerous Assignments series that explores journalist murders, governmental responses, and continuing efforts to bring justice. CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon and board member Sheila Coronel led a research and advocacy mission to the Philippines in July that focused on the Garcia-Esperat case. Ann Cooper, CPJ's former executive director, undertook an April mission to Moscow to study the death of Ivan Safronov. And CPJ's Frank Smyth traveled to Oakland in September to investigate the killing of U.S. editor Chauncey Bailey.