November 2 marks the United Nations International Day to End Impunity* for Crimes against Journalists. Currently, 9 out of 10 cases of journalist killings go unsolved and unpunished. This leads to a culture of impunity where critical voices are silenced and citizens are denied accurate information about the societies in which they live.
The International Day to End Impunity is a crucial moment for raising global awareness about the impact of impunity on freedom of expression and for mobilizing action towards justice.
This year, IFEX is launching its “No Impunity” campaign to reflect our ongoing effort to increase the political will of States to end impunity – not just for crimes against journalists – but of artists, activists, bloggers, and others exercising their right to speak out. This year’s focus is laid on three emblematic cases of impunity: Ebrima Manneh and Musa Saidykhan of The Gambia, Jineth Bedoya in Colombia and Shan Dahar in Pakistan.
We need your help to send the message that crimes against free expression must have consequences, and that States must be held accountable when these crimes occur within their borders.
Together, let’s work together towards a world with ‘No Impunity.’ Help us spread the word by:
- Using the hashtag #NoImpunity
- Changing your social media profile picture to the new No Impunity logo
- Check out and promote our website ifex.org/noimpunity
On this day, demand accountability. Our right to freedom of expression and information depends on it! For more information on how to commemorate the International Day to End Impunity, visit the dedicated UNESCO website.
Source: IFEX. (18.10.2016). Stories in the fight against impunity.
*Impunity: When intimidation, threats, attacks and murders go unpunished, resulting in a climate of injustice and insecurity for those exercising their right to free expression.