To speak about impunity for crimes against journalists is to speak about injustice, silence and institutional complicity with the killers. Impunity is to speak of corruption, of cases that go unreported, of fear, of censorship and of families without reparation. Impunity occurs when those who place a bomb under a journalist's car remain seated in the institutions of a state or on the boards of directors of a large company.
On 2 November, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, we denounce the fact that only one in 10 crimes against media workers is investigated and expose those countries that are not investigating crimes against journalists and delivering justice. Impunity reigns and only by raising our voices together can we change this situation.
According to IFJ data, 1.064 journalists have been killed in the last 10 years; 30 so far in 2019. However, contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of these murders do not take place in war zones, but in the street or at home and in broad daylight. Moreover, according to UNESCO, 93% of victims were local journalists. When you are a journalist, picking up your children from school can be more dangerous than reporting in a war zone.
These cold-blooded murders of journalists aim to hide the truth and terrorise those who dare to reveal it. These murders not only terminate the life of the journalist; they also end the fundamental right to be informed and to know the truth. To kill a journalist and get away with it is to kill democracy.