IFJ Launches Map of Journalists Killed in Asia-Pacific, 2009-2011



On November 23 each year, the IFJ

takes part in the International Day to End Impunity for crime targeting



The date was chosen to mark the

second anniversary of the Ampatuan Town Massacre in the Philippines,

which claimed the lives of 58 people, including 32 journalists, on November 23,



The IFJ is committed to making this

anniversary a day to remember all journalists killed because they believed in

the purpose and mission of journalism, to raise awareness about the scandal of

impunity and the failure of governments to bring the killers to justice and to

pledge to do

more to find ways of making journalism safer. This global event

provides us all with an opportunity to denounce the prevailing culture of impunity

for crime committed against journalists in many countries of the world and call

for its end.


In 2011, IFJ affiliates in

Asia-Pacific wrote to government authorities in the Philippines, Pakistan and SriLanka to highlight concerns about impunity,

and demand justice for victims of attacks on journalists and media workers. In

the Philippines, local

activists, relatives and colleagues of the victims of the massacre attended a

memorial service at the massacre site on November 22, and staged protest

marches nationally on November 23, including to the Malacañang presidential

palace in Manila, to demand an end to impunity in the Philippines.


As part of IFJ Asia-Pacific’s commitment to

reminding governments of their responsibilities to protect and prevent attacks

on journalists, an online map has been commissioned recording recent deaths of

those journalists who have died while working.


This map, produced in partnership with geographic information system (GIS) technology specialist Esri Australia, is a sobering reminder of the great risks undertaken by journalists in the region.


The map is available here, and will continue to be