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Take Action! Demand justice in 23 unsolved murder cases for International Day to End Impunity

Allan De Los Angeles

On this day (9 November) in 2004, 45-year-old Dilip Mohapatra, the editor of India's "Aji Kagoj", was discovered on the side of a highway with a fatal head wound and his hands and legs bound. Reports at the time suggested he may have been killed for publishing exposés on the timber and narcotics mafia in the region in his paper, but the motive was never confirmed.

His killers remain unidentified. Go to daytoendimpunity.org and demand justice in his case, as well as in the 22 other cases of impunity that IFEX is highlighting this month in the run-up to the International Day to End Impunity on 23 November.

Each day this month leading up to the day, IFEX is revealing "23 unsolved murders in 23 days": a story on a virtual 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. Take part by taking action on each case by joining the international community and signing a letter to the authorities demanding an open and immediate investigation.

Sadly, another journalist can be added to the calendar. Javed Naseer Rind, a freelance writer and former sub-editor of the pro-nationalist daily "Tawar", disappeared on 10 September, reports the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF). He was found dead on 5 November in Khuzdar, Pakistan. His body showed signs of torture. A fellow journalist told PPF that Rind was a freelancer who always "wrote the truth", which may explain his abduction and murder.

Unsurprisingly, Pakistan accounts for three days on the calendar. According to PPF, at least 32 journalists have been killed in Pakistan for their work since 2002, when U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and brutally slain. Eighteen of them were deliberately murdered for being journalists. Only in the Pearl case has the government carried out an extensive investigation, made arrests and won convictions.

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