Impunity

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CPJ, partners call on ICJ to order unimpeded media access to Gaza following South Africa’s urgent request

New York, May 22, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), ARTICLE 19 and partners on Wednesday issued a statement (full text below) in support of South Africa’s urgent request to the International Court of Justice to order Israel to facilitate unimpeded media access to Gaza.  In a joint statement, nine human rights and press freedom…

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Maldives blogger Yameen Rasheed (left) was stabbed to death in 2017 and journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla's family never received his body after his 2014 disappearance.

CPJ joins call for Maldives commission to reveal findings to victims’ families, public

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 11 partner organizations on Tuesday in calling on the Maldives’ Presidential Commission on Deaths and Disappearances (DDCom), newly elected President Mohamed Muizzu, and the country’s Human Rights Commission to ensure that the findings of DDCom’s investigations are revealed to the victims’ families and made public before its expected dissolution…

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Valério Luiz Filho, son of murdered journalist Valério Luiz de Oliveira and a lawyer who was appeared in court in 2022 as an assistant to the prosecution in his father’s case, says the decision to uphold the conviction of four men for killing his father was a ‘historic day’ in the fight to end impunity for crimes. (Photo: O Popular)

Brazilian court upholds conviction of killers of journalist Valério Luiz de Oliveira

UPDATE:  On May 21, the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice (STJ) denied a habeas corpus request made by the defense of Maurício Borges Sampaio, one of the defendants, and upheld the conviction of four of the men accused of murdering journalist Valério Luiz de Oliveira.  São Paulo, April 26, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed…

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‘Powerful enemies’: Did a prosecutor order the murder of Haitian journalist Garry Tesse?

Haitian journalist Garry Tesse was on his way to work at a local radio station in the southern city of Les Cayes when he disappeared shortly after exiting a taxi. His naked and disfigured corpse was found six days later face down on the seashore close to downtown. One of his eyes was gouged out,…

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‘A long fight’: Family of murdered Philippine journalist Gerry Ortega on their 13-year battle for justice

Philippine journalist Gerardo “Gerry” Ortega vowed he wouldn’t let the death threats stop him from using his radio show to expose corruption on the country’s idyllic tropical island of Palawan. “I am like a lone flame of a candle in a big dark room. I can’t light the whole room but I light a small…

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Israel-Gaza war propelled journalist killings to near-record high

99 journalists and media workers killed worldwide in 2023 New York, February 15, 2024—More than three quarters of the 99 journalists and media workers who perished worldwide in 2023 were killed in the Israel-Gaza war, according to a report published today by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). CPJ’s report documents the highest number of…

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CPJ, partners call on European Commission to act on press freedom in Greece

The Committee to Protect Journalists on Tuesday joined 16 partner organizations in a letter to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, to ask her to hold the Greek authorities to account for press freedom concerns. CPJ and other organizations recently reported that Greece is the only EU country to currently have two…

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CPJ presents joint report on declining press freedom in Greece

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined seven other international press freedom organizations on Tuesday in a joint report after a mission to Athens in September 2023. The report concluded that Greece is the only EU country to currently have two open cases of impunity for the murder of journalists, and almost no other country in…

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CPJ condemns acquittal of suspected organizer of 1992 murder of Polish journalist Jarosław Ziętara

Berlin, January 26, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a recent Polish court ruling that, in a final, non-appealable verdict, acquitted former member of the Polish Senate and entrepreneur Aleksander Gawronik, who has been accused of being the initiator of the 1992 murder of investigative journalist Jarosław Ziętara. “We are deeply disappointed that the long…

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Sinan Aygül

Turkish journalist Sinan Aygül convicted for ‘insulting’ men who beat him; attackers get suspended sentences

Istanbul, January 25, 2024 – The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on Turkish authorities to ensure justice in the case of journalist Sinan Aygül, who was hospitalized by an assault last year. The 1st Tatvan Court of First Instance in the eastern province of Bitlis found Aygül, chief editor of the privately owned…

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