In November 2011, IFEX launched its inaugural campaign to end impunity, after the IFEX membership identified the issue of impunity as a major obstacle to freedom of expression.
The campaign drew global attention to unresolved cases of aggression against individuals who were simply exercising their free expression rights and marked, on 23 November, the anniversary of the 2009 Maguindanao, Ampatuan massacre, when 58 people – including 32 journalists and media workers – were murdered in the Philippines. To date, none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice.
Since the first year, there have been notable developments in the global campaign against impunity. In December 2013, the United Nations passed a Resolution on the safety of journalists, and declared 2 November the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
What are the 2014 campaign activities?
• Lobbying of UN member states: On 2 October 2014, IFEX sent a letter to all permanent United Nations missions asking them to formally recognise the Resolution, to release a statement on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, and to encourage their governments to comply with requests for information for the Director-General of UNESCO’s Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity.
• Providing online resources: From a fact-sheet on the UNESCO Director-General’s Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity, to the “Six Things You Need to Know about the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists”, a revamped impunity “hotspots” map and much more, IFEX has the resources to help groups and individuals navigate the UN mechanisms that can help bring about tangible, global progress in the fight against impunity.
• Commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre: IFEX is running a digital campaign from 17 to 23 November. Individuals are being asked to send tweets demanding justice in arguably the worst case of impunity for crimes against the media on record – no convictions yet for the murders of 32 journalists and media workers in one attack in the Philippines, on 23 November 2009.
Who organises the End Impunity campaign?
IFEX and its network of free expression organisations around the world.