#Impunity: Turning words into action

To mark 2016 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists , the IFJ will organise a half-day conference on 7 November in Brussels on "Turning words into action".

According to IFJ statistics 112 journalists lost their lives when carrying out their duties in 2015.

Today only one out of 10 killings in the media is investigated.

The situation for non-fatal attacks on journalists is even worst. Governments fail in their duty to hunt down the harassers, the attackers, the killers of media workers. Impunity not only endangers journalists, it imperils democracy and compromises hopes for peace and development. Legal guarantees exist for the protection of journalists as civilians which states are duty bound to enforce under domestic and international law.

Our conference will focus on concrete actions that can be put in place to end impunity for journalists' killers.

Place: Salle Maelbeek, Résidence Palace, Brussels

Please register here

Note that travel and accommodation are at participants' own expenses.


8.45 am – Coffee/registration 

9.00 – 10.00 The crisis of impunity

Introduction: Anthony Bellanger – General Secretary 

Moderator: Anthony Bellanger

  • Philippe Leruth – President IFJ
  • Tim Noonan – Director of Campaigns and Communications at ITUC
  • Deborah Seward - Director of the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Brussels
  • Adeline Hulin- Chef de Section, Communication et Information, Unesco
  • Fabienne Mercier Nerac – wife of Frederic Nerac, journalist killed in Iraq in 2003             

10.00 – 11.15 Impunity on the ground

Moderator: Zuliana Lainez

  • Sabina Inderjit (India)
  • Nasser Abu Bakker (Palestine)
  • Omar Faruk Osman (Somalia)
  • Adriana Hurtado (Colombia)
  • Timur Shafir (Russia)

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00 Mobilising to end impunity

Moderator: Jeremy Dear

  • Dr Carmen Draghici – Senior Lecturer in Law, City University
  • Matthijs Berman – OSCE Principal Adviser on Freedom of the Media


More information: Contact Opens window for sending emailErnest Sagaga