International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2017

The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom joins the campaign to end impunity and to ensure the safety and security of journalists and other media actors in performing their work. According to UNESCO, since 2006 close to 930 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public, with nine in ten cases remaining unresolved.

On 16 October 2017, Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who exposed cases of corruption and other crimes involving leading Maltese politicians and business people, was brutally murdered by a car bomb near her family home. In the framework of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the CMPF again calls for a thorough, exhaustive, impartial and independent investigation. #NoImpunity in the European Union!

The International Federation of Journalists and the European Federation of Journalists run a campaign against impunity 2017, highlighting that murder is the highest form of crimes against journalists but all attacks that remain unpunished must be denounced – there can be no press freedom where journalists work in fear!

Attacks on and intimidation of journalists and other media actors inevitably have a grave chilling effect on freedom of expression and this effect is all the more piercing when the prevalence of attacks and intimidation is compounded by a culture of legal impunity for their perpetrators. Such a culture of legal impunity is an indicator of endemic abuse of human rights.” – Council of Europe, Recommendation CMRec(2016)4[1].