What IFEX members are doing for 23 November
International Press Institute (IPI)
IPI (in cooperation with the Austrian Foreign Ministry), and other IFEX members and partners, take up the issue of journalist safety and impunity with Austrian officials and national, regional and international representatives, including UN special rapporteur Frank La Rue. They're trying to come up with an effective international framework on the protection of journalists. Also check out "Impunity: A Global Scourge", their survey of the functioning and consequences of impunity in four countries: Mexico, Russia, Colombia and the Philippines.
Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR)
BCHR and other local rights groups launched a draft report this week calling for justice for the torture and killing of detainees during the uprising in Bahrain this year. They want the authorities responsible for giving the orders to be held accountable, not just those who carried out the dirty work. Zakariya Al Asheri, founder of founder of Al Dair online news website, and Karim Fakhrawy of "Al Wasat" both died in April in custody, out of 45 deaths. "The culture of impunity has only encouraged the prevalence of this kind of human rights abuse. Doing nothing about such violations only encourages those in authority to commit them," the report states. An international mission of IFEX members and partners was on the ground to attend the report launch.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
CJFE has literally taken their campaign to the street. In a countdown to the day, they've been pasting up the International Day to End Impunity "23 in 23" calendar of photos on a public wall in Toronto. The calendar reveals the story behind one unsolved murder committed every day between 1 and 23 November - including that of Canadian publisher Tara Singh Hayer (18 November). He's the first and only case of a journalist killed in Canada specifically for his work.
Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP)
Julio Daniel Chaparro, a journalist for the daily "El Espectador", was assassinated on 24 April 1991. In 2011, the statute of limitations for prosecuting his case ran out before the case could be solved. This comprehensive multimedia project highlights issues of impunity in the 139 cases of assassinations of journalists in Colombia in the last few decades - using Chaparro's cubicle as the way in.
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)
To mark the IDEI, ANHRI and other members of the Front to Defend Egypt Protesters – a coalition of over 30 rights groups and lawyers, called for those responsible for killing peaceful demonstrators to be brought to justice. Over 30 people are reported to have died in the last week alone. The rights groups blame "the slowness of justice and its inability to prosecute the officers responsible for the killing of the Egyptian protesters since the early days of the Egyptian uprising last January." Because nobody has yet been prosecuted, the Egyptian Security Services are committing the same crimes with impunity this month.
Comité por la Libre Expresión (C-Libre)
"A state where there is impunity is a failed state." So says C-Libre, which planned a sit-in at the Plaza la Merced on 23 November to highlight the growing number of journalists killed in Honduras (at least 12 in the past two years) and the lack of an effective response from the government. Be sure to check out their website for some of the stories and faces of those who have been killed.
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
IFJ affiliates are taking part in a global event urging governments in their countries and regions to take urgent remedial action, pointing to cases of journalists' murders which remain unresolved in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Arab world and Latin America. IFJ said that the International Day to End Impunity is a wake- up call for governments around the world to prevent and punish violence against journalists, thus helping make journalism safer.
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)
At least 42 journalists have been killed in the line of duty in Pakistan in the past 10 years, 29 of them deliberately targeted and murdered because of their work. In 2011 alone, seven journalists were killed. For every journalist who has been deliberately targeted and murdered, there are many others who have been injured, threatened and coerced into silence. Sadly, impunity reigns. PPF unpacks the numbers and brings you a detailed report about the deadliest country for journalists in 2011 – but also offers recommendations on how to reverse the trend.
Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Peru (IPYS-Peru)
IPYS-Peru is taking their campaign to the schools: from 22 to 24 November, they're partnering with Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, Universidad Señor de Sipán in Lambayeque, and Universidad Católica Santa María in Arequipa to educate budding journalists about impunity in the field. According to IPYS Peru, six journalists have been killed since 2004, three of them in this year alone.
Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR)
In the two years since the Ampatuan massacre of 32 journalists among 58 killed, what has been done? CMFR, along with the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the International Federation of Journalists, has been busy speaking at four universities to highlight the culture of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. They are culminating their journey with a march in Manila that will leave behind a trail of impunity in the form of outlines of bodies chalked on the streets to depict the incessant killings. Don't miss their three, 30-second public service announcements, which have been getting a ton of airtime in the Philippines.
Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations (CJES)
Is impunity on the wane in Russia, with a decrease in journalists' murders in recent years and some high-profile convictions? On 23 November, CJES revealed their impunity report at a roundtable discussion at the Independent Press Center in Moscow. The report is based on 10 years of monitoring press freedom violations. CJES also presented their short documentary, "Give Kashin an Answer", about last year's brutal attack on "Kommersant" reporter Oleg Kashin.
Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)
SEAPA is calling for justice for slain journalists worldwide, but especially in the Philippines, where 123 journalists have been killed in work-related cases since 1986, and only 10 cases have been successfully prosecuted. They're meeting outside the Philippine embassy in Bangkok to present a letter to Philippine President Benigno Aquino, demanding an expedited process in bringing those responsible for the Ampatuan massacre to justice.
Institute for Mass Information (IMI)
IMI and other journalist organisations are honouring their fallen colleagues in a silent march in downtown Kiev on the day, which will culminate in a roundtable discussion on violation of journalists' rights and impunity. The names of slain journalists whose cases are still unsolved – like Georgiy Gongadze - will be displayed on large banners throughout the city.
ARTICLE 19 marked the first ever International Day to End Impunity by holding a silent vigil outside the Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian embassies in London to highlight the unsolved cases of murdered journalists in those countries. ARTICLE 19 calls on the authorities of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia to adopt all necessary political and legal measures to protect journalists and defend the right to freedom of expression. In the lead up to the day ARTICLE 19 also spotlighted all the cases from the 23 in 23 campaign calling on the public to get involved and take action.
Index on Censorship
From 1 to 23 November Index on Censorship has been showcasing the stories from the International Day to End Impunity calendar of a journalist, writer, artist or free expression advocate who was killed in the line of duty on that day and whose case remains unsolved. Index also released a joint statement with ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists and English PEN to commemorate the day.
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
CPJ participated in the campaign by demanding justice for journalists murdered in Maguindanao and around the globe through blog posts, tweets and an innovative video podcast on the lessons learned in the fight led by a group of journalists from the San Francisco Bay area, who battled tirelessly to ensure that justice was served in the slaying of their colleague Chauncey Bailey, an Oakland journalist killed in 2007.