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The road to justice: Breaking the cycle of impunity in the killing of journalists

A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists

Pakistani journalists hold placards and pictures of Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed April 4, 2014 in Afghanistan, during a demonstration to condemn attacks against journalists in Islamabad, 7 April 2014
Pakistani journalists hold placards and pictures of Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed April 4, 2014 in Afghanistan, during a demonstration to condemn attacks against journalists in Islamabad, 7 April 2014

REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

The lack of justice in hundreds of murders of journalists around the world is one of the greatest threats to press freedom today. While international attention to the issue has grown over the past decade, there has been little progress in bringing down rates of impunity. States will have to demonstrate far more political will to implement international commitments to make an impact on the high rates of targeted violence that journalists routinely face.

About this report.

Foreword

1. What Does Impunity Mean?

It isn't just one story that ends with a journalist's death; a climate of intimidation builds. If no one is punished, killers are emboldened, and violence repeats. Journalists have no choice but to censor themselves or even flee into exile. Targeted attacks on the media have kept the world from understanding the full dimension of violence in Syria, drug trafficking in Mexico, militant influence in Pakistan, and corruption in Russia.

2. Measuring Progress Against Stubborn Reality

3. Where Impunity Thrives

4. Steps That Work and Those That Don't

5. Building Pressure, Enforcing Compliance

Conclusion


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for CPJ's Recommendations, Appendices to the report and a Slideshow on "Seeking the Masterminds".

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international_road_to_justice2014_cpj.pdf (3554 KB)

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