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IFJ: End Impunity Campaign, 2017

A gathering tide of protest against the brutal killing of journalism student Mashal Khan in Mardon in Khyber Patkhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on baseless accusations of blasphemy. Credit: AFP/Farooq Naemm

IMPUNITY: n. without punishment, without consequence

This campaign is reminding the world that journalists do matter. They have families who love them, they are mums and dads, ordinary people; all carrying out the important and increasingly dangerous duty to keep society informed. But for every reporter threatened, for every life extinguished, democracy also suffers the ultimate price.”  

Journalists across the Asia-Pacific continue to be harassed, threatened, tortured, intimidated, jailed and worse for exercising their basic right to report and inform. Most crimes go unpunished.

This November, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) asks you to join and support our regional campaign against impunity for attacks on journalists and media workers.

Each year, the IFJ launches it annual End Impunity campaign with the aim to highlight the culture of impunity across the world for crimes against journalists. The campaign is launched on November 2, the UN International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists and end on November 23, the anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre, the single deadliest attack on journalists in history. 

Although there are a few triumph stories around the world of cases that are successfully resolved, the culture of impunity still looms large, with one journalist killed every ten days in the Asia Pacific. 

The IFJ Asia Pacific's End Impunity campaign this year is calling for stronger international legal framework and national safety mechanisms to guarantee an end to attacks and killing of journalists. Initiates file downloadPakistan and Initiates file downloadAfghanistan are focus countries of the Opens external link in new windowIFJ's global campaign. In the Asia Pacific, we will also focus on India, Indonesia and the Philippines. 

Mustafa, 10, son of Afghan reporter Zabihullah Tamanna, is comforted during a funeral ceremony in Kabul. Tamanna, 38, was killed along with American report David Gilkey in a Taliban ambush in southern Helmand province. Tamanna was one of 13 media workers killed in Afghanistan in 2016. Credit: AFP/Shah Marai

Facts on Impunity:

In 2017, 21 journalists have been killed in the Asia Pacific region

Between 1990 and 2015; 571 journalists have been killed in the Asia Pacific region - see the IFJ killed report Opens external link in new windowhere

That's an average of 33 deaths per year, or 1 every 10 days

Most are killed by shootings, explosions and vehicle accidents

Only 1 in 10 journalists killers are prosecuted

10 journalists in the Asia Pacific region are missing - Opens external link in new windowhttp://www.ifj.org/missing/

Countries in the Asia-Pacific with a culture of impunity:

AFGHANISTAN: continues to struggle with securing the safety of its media community, particularly in Kabul, Helmand and Nangrahar

PAKISTAN: remains an unstable environment for the media, facing threats from militants and government alike. 

INDIA: has been home to a decline press freedom and volatile safety situation for journalists, in 2017 four journalists have been killed, three in the month of September alone. 

PHILIPPINES: has been a killing field for journalists throughout history, exemplified most clearly by the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre in which 32 journalists were killed. Not a single person has been bought to justice, 8 years later. The human rights situation remains highly concerning under President Rodrigo Duterte.

INDONESIA: is an unpredictable political and religious climate for media workers, with a particularly concerning involvement of state actors in the repression of press freedom. 

How can you get involved? 

Use the global impunity hashtags - #EndImpunity #NoImpunity and in South Asia, use hashtags #SAMSNAction on social media

 Share your photos and videos on impunity with the IFJ; email ifj(at)ifj-asia(dot)org or tag online @IFJAsiaPacific

Use Opens external link in new windowIFJ resources to promote the campaign and demand an end to Impunity

Follow the IFJ Impunity Conference in Tunisia on November 16 and support the outcomes - @IFJGlobal  

“Writers stop writing. Reporters stop reporting. People stop expressing themselves, and that diminishes democracy.”

– Annie Game, IFEX

Visit the Opens external link in new windowIFJ global campaign page to download the campaign materials 

 Stay in touch with activities by:

a.       Liking the IFJ AP page https://www.facebook.com/IFJAsiaPacific?fref=ts h

b.      Follow us on Twitter @ifjasiapacific

c.       Email us at ifj(at)ifj-asia(dot)org

d.       Social media #EndImpunity #IFJ #NoImpunity #IFJmissing 

Join the IFJ campaign

Follow us on twitter - Opens external link in new window@ifjasiapacific

Follow us on Facebook - Opens external link in new windowIFJ Asia-Pacific

Join the IFJ mailing list Opens external link in new windowhere 

Use #EndImpunity #IFJ #IFJmissing