On 2 November 2021 we will mark the United Nations International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

It is an important day. It is acknowledging that impunity remains a global concern for journalists, their families and friends across the world, and that freedom of expression and the public's right to know will never enjoy full protection until all those who are threatening, harassing and attacking journalists are brought to justice.

More than 35 journalists have been killed this year in the course of their duty. Some have been hit by bomb blasts, others were killed in cold blood.

On social media, journalists, especially women and those who represent ethnic or racial minorities or LGBTQIA+, are subject to destructive campaigns in an attempt to muzzle them. Death threats, rape threats, doxxing, racist abuse, account impersonation have led many journalists in to muting themselves not to mention the psychological damage such attacks leave on the reporter targetted. 

Across the globe journalists are regularly attacked while reporting in the field, their equipment is destroyed, their families are threatened. Investigative journalists usually pay the highest price for uncovering money laundering and large scale corruption.

Only 1 out of every 10 journalists' killing is subject to a proper investigation. A society that leaves journalists killers and harassers to walk free is not a democracy. A judicial system that does not bring to justice the masterminds behind crimes is corrupted.

When a journalist disappears, their family, colleagues and friends too often remain powerless and many stories won't be told.

As every year, we will be running a campaign to condemn impunity for crimes against journalists and call on governments around the world to account for their lack of commitment to bring journalists' attackers and killers to justice.

This year's IFJ campaign will focus in particular on Afghanistan, Kosovo, Mexico, Somalia and Yemen who have shown a deplorable lack of will to investigate attacks on media workers.

We want justice. We want the truth.

Take action!

Click here to download the IFJ Campaign's visuals for November 2.

Send a letter to the Kosovar authorities

Send a letter to the Somali authorities

Send a letter to the Yemeni authorities

Send a letter to the Mexican authorities

Take action!

Download the IFJ visuals

Download and share the IFJ visuals for November 2. Click here to download.

Demand accountability

Send us a 20-second video (smartphone videos are fine) by 28 October explaining why impunity must be fought, its impact on press freedom, on those who remain in newsrooms, on democracy, on families, colleagues and friends of the journalist killed... and end your message with "end impunity now". Ask your members to participate in the campaign by also sending us a video. Don't forget to mention your name, your union and your country. You will appear in our special video to mark November 2. Send it to communications@ifj.org

Tell us your activities for November 2

Tell us about your activities to mark 2nd November. We will share them widely in our network. communications@ifj.org

Say NO to impunity!

Talk to your governments, reminding them that a country without a free press is not a democracy and that every single attack against journalists must be duly investigated.

    Join our campaign for a UN Convention on the Safety of Journalists

    Support our call for an international instrument on the safety and independence of journalists and other media professionals