La société civile et les médias luttent contre l'impunité

In 2015, the global community will rally behind the 2 November date as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists as proclaimed by the UNGA Resolution on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

For many years, organizations within international civil society have been active in the fight against impunity. For example, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), a global network of free expression organizations, had previously operated a three week long campaign each year which ended on 23 November, raising awareness and fighting the culture of impunity. Over the course of one month, this campaign encouraged individuals to take action while different local organizations hosted different events around the world. The culminating date of 23 November is the anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre which happened on 23 November 2009 in the Philippines, when a convoy of over 50 people were killed, 32 of which journalists and media workers.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the umbrella group for over 600,000 journalists worldwide conduct campaigns that urges authorities of the countries with the highest death tolls of journalists to investigate these killings and bring their perpetrators to justice. The campaign page features profiles of journalists who have been victims of violence in these countries as well as resources allowing readers to take actions such as writing petition letters, visits to embassies, protests, and social media campaigning.

Reporters without Borders (RSF), a Paris-based organization, runs targeted campaigns in countries where impunity is a major issue for freedom of the press. The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) targets their impunity campaigns in the region of Latin America through their Impunity Project and partnered organizations such as the Knight Foundation and International Association of Broadcasting (IAB) in their campaigns.

Other international NGOs such as Article 19, Freedom House, Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), International Press Institute (IPI), World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), and PEN International also work on combating impunity with special reports and publicly call on governments to investigate each of the cases of killed journalists.

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies, produces free multimedia resources such as infographics and video materials to help the public understand the reasons behind the killing of journalists.

Broadcast organizations such as BBC, Al Jazeera, France Media Monde, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and others are interested in the occasion, and discussions are taking place with them about coverage. It is possible that Internet companies such as Twitter and Google can also be brought into the picture.

 

It is expected that the combination of all these groups can result in energies and actions towards the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists and the surrounding period.

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