Participate in the 2014 International Campaign to End Impunity
The punishment of journalists, for no other reason than the virtue of their profession, continues exacerbated. From Iraq to Ukraine, from Mexico to Somalia, from the Philippines to Haiti, the world’s messengers are in extreme peril. The role that community radio journalist’s play and danger that they face must not be overlooked. Owing to the nature of their professions, they are most often the ones at the front lines, fighting for transparency and for an access to equitable information and broadcasting.
What is Impunity?
It’s when intimidation, threats, attacks and murders go unpunished, resulting in a climate of insecurity for those exercising their right to free expression. In the last decade, almost 600 journalists have been killed. In December 2013, the United Nations passed a Resolution on the safety of journalists, and declared November 2nd the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) calls its members to stand in solidarity with journalists harmed and community radio journalists currently in danger’s path. AMARC also remembers the fifth anniversary of the world’s largest atrocity perpetrated against journalists, the Ampatuan Massacre. This massacre saw the murder of 58 persons on November 23rd 2009, 32 of whom were journalists and media workers. Let’s remember that the 10th General Assembly of AMARC (AMARC 10) unanimously approved a resolution condemning the Ampatuan Massacre and resolved to assist in the global campaign for justice and an end to the impunity.
Join the Campaign
Join the campaign and show journalists, community radio journalists and media workers your solidarity and commitment to support them as they continue their struggle for information.
Participate online through social media such as Facebook and Twitter (#EndImpunity).
Encourage your colleagues working in the media to prepare and run news and feature reports on the subject of impunity.
Do not let this issue fade.
Let everyone know about the Global Day of Action on November 23 and participate!
Documents and links
Committee to Protect Journalists, The Road to justice. Breaking the Cycle of Impunity in the Killing of Journalists, October 2014.
UNESCO-IPDC, The Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity, 2014.
Reporters without borders, Fight impunity campaign
International Federation of Journalists, Massacre in the Philippines. International Solidarity Mission Rapid Assesment, December 2009.