#EndImpunity: IFJ affiliates stand against impunity

Check out IFJ affiliates' actions to denounce impunity for crime against journalists.

Canada: On 2 Nov, UNIFOR put out a statement recalling that only one in 10 crimes against journalists in being investigated worldwide. That's why UNIFOR is advocating for a plan of action to combat the harassment and abuse of journalists and media workers. While doing so they opted for a two-pronged approach: Supporting journalists who have been attacked and harassed and trying to stop the attacks themselves. The plan includes public awareness, internal awareness, creating and fostering supports for journalists and media workers, union leadership training and education. It also uses bargaining, health and safety, policing strategies, lobbying for stronger legislation and holding the internet platforms to account for the content they publish and much more.

Gambia: “In the Gambia and elsewhere around the world, journalists continue to be harassed, attacked both physically and verbally, beaten, arrested, detained, threatened and killed for doing their job,” the Gambia Press Union (GPU) says in a statement as it joins the rest of the world yesterday 2 November 2022 to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes committed against Journalists.

India: To mark Impunity day, NUJI launched a campaign from 29 October to 1 November 2022 in different states (Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Jhansi, Bhopal) of India and on 2 November 2022. A big campaign will be launched in Delhi on 2 November in Delhi.

Pakistan: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and its affiliates in different cities of Pakistan held different activities on the "End Impunity day". These two days activities were planned on November 2 and 3. Following the advice of the IFJ, the PFUJ asked its above 40 affiliated regional Unions to dedicate this years' activities to famous anchor. journalist Arshad Sharif who was killed in Kenya in a suspicious incident while the second aspect was to support the demand of " an international convention for the safety of journalists" to join hands with the IFJ. Different regional unions staged rallies, protests, issued posters with logos of PFUJ & IFJ to highlight the day bearing pictures of PFUJ President GM Jamali and Secretary General Rana Muhammad Azeem, held discussions to emphasize the impunity in crimes against journalists in Pakistan and held candle vigils in memory of the journalists who were killed in previous year. 

Spain: On 2 November, The Madrid Press Association (APM) will inaugurate a space in its headquarters that will serve as a tribute to the Spanish journalists murdered in the exercise of their profession.  A photo of each journalist will be displayed. The tribute includes a musical performance. Admission to the event, which will take place in the APM's Assembly Hall (Calle Claudio Coello, 98), is free until full capacity is reached. All those interested in attending should register on this form. Media wishing to be accredited to cover the event should write to [email protected]

Sri Lanka: On 2 November, Free Media Movement will launch a social media campaign to End Impunity for Crime Against Journalists. It will also inaugurate an awareness-raising campaign carried out in the Northern and Eastern Provinces where a large number of journalists were victimized, and in Colombo in the southern part of the country. Leaflets on the End of Impunity for Crime Against Journalists will be distributed in public places in the above-mentioned areas in the country. 

Serbia: On 2 November, the Independant Journalists' Association of Serbia will publish a video about the state of impunity in the Western Balkans. All Western Balkan countries (ALB, BIH, CRO, KO, MNE, NM and SRB) will publish the video. Also, all their network members (BH Journalists, croatian Journalists Association, Association of journalists of Kosovo, Association of journalists of Macedonia, Independent Journalists' Association of Serbia and Trade Union of Media of Montenegro) are signing the IFJ Convention and publishing a joint statement.

Somalia: To mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), with technical support from the International Labor Organization (ILO), has on 2 November released a damning report that exposes the depth of impunity and crimes committed against journalists, while calling on the Federal Government of Somalia to reaffirm, recommit and reposition to advance the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. 

Switzerland: Syndicom will support the convention on the safety of journalists and spread the IFJ call. It will show solidarity with world journalists.

UK and Ireland: On 2 November, the NUJ will host a webinar to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The union will launch a short safety film featuring members sharing moving testimony about abuse, harassment and intimidation encountered simply for doing their jobs. NUJ will also highlight a new mobile safety toolkit to help journalists protect themselves and their sources and technological ways to secure communications. The toolkit covers physical safety, information security, mental health care, health and safety at work and gives advice on how to take action against abuse on social media platforms.

Latin America-Caribbean: On 2 November, the Federation of Journalists of Latin America and the Caribbean (FEPALC) and UNESCO Montevideo will organise an online event to mark the International Day to End Impunity for crimes against journalists to discuss the situation of impunity and journalists' safety in the region. IFJ Senior Vice President and ANP President, Zuliana Lainez and FEPALC President, Fabián Cardozo will participate in the event, which will be broadcasted live on FEPALC's Facebook at 16:00 (ARG/BRA/UY), 13:00 (MEX/CR) and 2:00 (PER/COL). Check the program

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