Welcome to the information page for the IFJ's new campaign to 'End Impunity'.
This new rolling campaign is urging the authorities of the countries with the highest death tolls of journalists to investigate these killings and bring their perpetrators to justice. We hope this high profile campaign will make a difference to the fight against impunity in these countries and we call for your support, solidarity and action in the months ahead.
The campaign, which is part of the build-up to this years' International Day to End Impunity on 23 November, will focus initially on Iraq, Pakistan and Russia. Over the next few months, we will be calling on the governments in these three countries to investigate cases of impunity by sending letters, using social media, issuing statements, running protests and events and highlighting specific cases.
And we are asking you, our affiliates, to do the same and undertake your own actions. The campaign page features profiles of journalists who have been victims of violence in these countries and other material (texts and images) for you to use. This includes information on actions you can undertake such as petition letters, visits to embassies, protests and social media campaigning. Please send us information about your activities so that we can share with the rest of the IFJ family.
We've got loads of information and guidance to help you support us and take your own actions. Just click on the categories below to find out more:
Monday 14 October
To launch the campaign we are asking you, our affiliates, to show your support and take action. Below are three letters highlighting the current situation in each country regarding press freedom, calling for their governments to investigate cases of impunity, and highlighting specific cases.
English IFJ letter to Iraq PM (EN).doc
Spanish IFJ letter to Iraq PM (SP).docx
English IFJ letter to Russia (EN).doc
Spanish IFJ letter to Russia (SP).docx
On Thursday 24 October, we sent these letters, to the governments in each country. We now call on you, as IFJ affiliates, to support our action by sending your own letters to the Iraqi, Pakistani and Russian embassies in your countries, or by sending letters directly to the governments of these countries. Once you have sent these letters please lets us know so we can update the rest of the IFJ family on your activities.
The templates are available here for your use:
Arabic version of affiliate letter to Iraq: Affiliate Letter to Iraq - Arabic version.doc
PAKISTAN: Affiliate Letter to Pakistan.doc
RUSSIA: Affiliate Letter to Russia.doc
IFJ affiliate, the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate (IJS) has given its full backing to the campaign. IJS President, Moaid al-Lami, last week delivered a letter to the Prime Minister of Iraq to urge him and his government to take action and end impunity for violence against journalists in the country.
We hope this high profile campaign will make a lasting difference to the fight against impunity in these countries and we call for your support, solidarity and action for the campaign launch and in
We have developed a section of questions and answers that we hope cover your queries about our new campaign.
You can View the Questions and Answers here: Q&A's.docx
This section provides you with detailed information about the issue of impunity for violence against journalists in each of the three countries, as well as profiles of killed journalists in each countries whose cases are still unsolved. To view information about the situation regarding impunity in each country, as well as case studies on specific journalists in those countries, simply click on the country links below:
- In Iraq, at least 300 journalists have been killed since the US invasion in 2003. While the levels of killings have receded in recent years from their peak in mid 2000s and the country has gradually returned to normality under the control of the central government, not a single case of journalists' killings has been investigated to identify and punish the killers.
- In Pakistan, the highest journalists' death tolls were recorded for two years running in 2010 and 2011, with 16 and 11 killed respectively. While the authorities initiated investigations in some cases, there have been no arrests or prosecutions against the perpetrators of these crimes.
- In Russia, it is estimated that at least 124 journalists and media workers have died in work related killings since 1991. While the authorities initiated investigations in some cases, these have been few and far between and led to even fewer convictions of journalists' killers
There are many actions that you, our affiliates, can undertake to support our campaigns to 'End Impunity' and campaigns you are running in your own countries. We have created an information document to give you some guidance and information on potential actions such as letter campaigns, embassy visits and protests.
- Download our banner and pubicise it on your website and pubilcations
- Post protests, slogans and demands on Twitter with the hashtag #EI_IFJ
- Hold press conferences or meetings dedicated to End Impunity against Journalists and publicise the problem
- Hold a minute of silence at your workplace
We are going to be using social media throughout the campaign. Our Twitter and Facebook pages will be updated regularly with information about the actions we are undertaking, useful information and guidance for you and updates on the work you, our affiliates, are carrying out.
Twitter: Check out the IFJ Twitter page for updates on the campaign
The Hashtag fo the campaign is #EI_IFJ and make sure
you mention @IFJGLOBAL
Facebook: We have created a new IFJ Facebook page for this campaign which we will be regularly updating.
Please LIKE our page and check it for updates and information and update us on your own activities.
- Using Social Media
We have also developed a short information guide on using social media during the campaign which you can download by clicking on this link: Using Social Media.docx
- Top Tips for social media
And here are some excellent articles offering guidance and tips from the experts that you can use to improve your use of social media and develop any campaigns you plan to run:
You can copy the IFJ 'End Impunity' Banner below and place it on your website, at the bottom of your emails or on letters that you issue:
The IFJ has also developed a number of resources that monitor cases of violence against journalists.
- IFJ Safety website
- Media Incident Monitoring (This online database will be launched next year to monitor attacks and murders of journalists and media staff.)
- A safety handbook will be published next year providing safety guidelines for journalists
- Resolution 1738 on Protection of Journalists adopted by UN Security Council (English/French/
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