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IFJ: End Impunity Campaign, 2016

Journalist protest attacks on journalists in Delhi - Credit AFP PHOTO/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE

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 almost 9 out of 10 cases of violence against journalists going unprosecuted. 

The IFJ Asia Pacific's End Impunity campaign this year highlights the extent of impunity for crimes against journalists across the world, and hones in on 'cultures' of impunity that are being fostered in different countries in the Asia Pacific, particularly those in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Philippines. Opens external link in new windowIndia and Opens external link in new windowPakistan are focus countries of the IFJ's global campaign. 

Journalists protest killings of bloggers in Bangladesh. Credit: Supplied

Facts on Impunity:

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 11 days

Most are killed by shootings, explosions and vehicle accidents

Only 1 in 10 journalists killers are prosecuted

11 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: remains an unstable environment for journalists, highlighted by the gruesome suicide bombing of media workers from TOLO TV in January 2016

PAKISTAN: remains a volatile environment for media workers with gradual action on impunity beginning to have an impact. 

INDIA: has seen a marked decline in the safety situation for journalists in the last 3 years, with a lack of political will to solve cases of violence.  

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, 7 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 Brussels on November 7 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