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The inside scoop on the 2014 impunity campaign

In November, IFEX members joined forces to deliver one very clear message to governments: impunity for crimes against free expression must stop. Here is a look at the results of this year’s campaign and how we plan to build on this momentum.

Journalists pray for their colleagues, who were either killed or imprisoned as a result of their work, during a protest to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in Yangon, Myanmar 2 November 2014
Journalists pray for their colleagues, who were either killed or imprisoned as a result of their work, during a protest to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in Yangon, Myanmar 2 November 2014

REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

On 2 November 2014, hundreds of organisations, government agencies and UN officials marked the inaugural United Nations International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. It was a golden opportunity to capture the attention of governments and policy makers, urging them to prove their commitment to reducing impunity in their own nations.

Later in November, IFEX also marked one emblematic case of impunity: the fifth anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre. Despite the fact that still not one person has been convicted for the 58 murders that took place on 23 November 2009, there is cause for hope: the world still remembers.

Building on the campaign results
To reflect on our achievements as a network and consider the coming chapters of our global efforts, we put together the following short stories, images and videos about this inspiring month of action, and how we plan to move forward with the campaign in 2015.

We invite you to share these stories through your networks and let us know about your own campaigning efforts through social media by using the hashtag #EndImpunity. Let's ensure that, in the years to come, as many governments as possible are on board to address the issue of impunity for all crimes against free expression.

  • Do governments care about impunity?
    This year, IFEX urged governments to demonstrate a political will towards reducing impunity worldwide, and the responses were encouraging. Read more!

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