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Ampatuan Massacre Five Years On

Asia & Pacific International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) 22 January 2015

Report of the IFJ Mission to the Philippines on 19-24 November to investigate progress on justice for victims of the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre.

Getting Away with Murder: Global Impunity Index 2016

International Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 26 October 2016

CPJ's Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go free. Only those nations with five or more unsolved cases are included on the index. This year, 14 countries met the index criteria, and stood out as countries struggling with impunity.

UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity

International UNESCO 11 April 2012

The Plan of Action aims to creating of a free and safe environment for journalists and media workers, both in conflict and non-conflict situations, with a view to strengthening peace, democracy and development worldwide.

Ampatuan Trial Watch

Asia & Pacific Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) 29 October 2015

This website provides updates on the ongoing trial of the Ampatuans and others accused for the murder of at least 57 people, including 32 journalists. The Ampatuan town massacre is the bloodiest single incident in the history of Philippine media.

To Prevent and Punish: In Search of Solutions to Fight Violence against Journalists

International UNESCO 31 August 2015

"This paper serves as an overview of the global pattern of crimes committed against media workers, the impunity connected with such acts, and the steps both the international community and individual states have taken to confront the situation."

Criminalizing Dissent, Entrenching Impunity - Persistent Failures of the Bahraini Judicial System since the BICI Report

Middle East & North Africa Human Rights Watch (HRW) 27 May 2014

Four years after the establishment of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, HRW finds that Bahraini courts still fail to deliver basic accountability and impartial justice for crackdown on pro-democracy movement.

Journalists Killed in 2016: An Interactive Map

International Canadian Journalists for Free Expression 7 November 2016

CJFE has been keeping statistics on journalists and media workers killed around the world since 2006. The list includes journalists, stringers and freelancers, media workers such as fixers and translators, as well as bloggers and digital media writers who report on current affairs and issues of public interest.

Director-General's Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity

International UNESCO 29 October 2014

UNESCO's biannual report offers a general view of killings of journalists condemned by UNESCO’s Director-General. It also includes information on answers received from Member States regarding current state of judicial investigations into unresolved cases.

State of Censorship

Americas ARTICLE 19 1 November 2015

In this multimedia resource, ARTICLE19 presents the cases of five Mexican journalists, all of whom have been victimized by different acts of violence in an attempt to silence their journalistic voices.

25th Report on Journalists and Media Staff Killed Since 1990

International International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) 2 February 2016

The International Federation of Journalists 25th annual report on journalists and media staff killed since 1990 lists 2297 media fatalities due to violence in journalism, including 112 killed in 2015 alone.

IPDC's Role in the Promotion of the Safety of Journalists: A Way Forward

International Silvia Chocarro 22 March 2016

This paper analyzes the role of UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) in promoting the safety of journalists and combatting impunity for crimes against them, with recommendations for fully using the potential of the IPDC as a unique multilateral body within the UN system.

Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists

Europe & Central Asia Council of Europe 3 December 2014

This online platform is a public space to facilitate the compilation, processing and dissemination of information on serious concerns about media freedom and safety of journalists in Council of Europe member States. The platform aims to enable the Council of Europe bodies and institutions to be alerted of violations on time, in a more systematic way and to take timely and coordinated action when necessary.

Press Freedom Index Report 2015 - Uganda

Africa Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) 21 December 2015

The Press Freedom Index 2015 is based on the 143 cases of attacks and abuse of journalist’s rights, local and international, documented and analyzed by Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda. It is built on the assessment of the abuses, the patterns they take and state and non-state actors involved.

State of Fear: Arbitrary Arrests, Torture and Killings

Africa Human Rights Watch (HRW) 16 September 2015

This report provides an overview of the human rights situation in The Gambia since President Jammeh came to power in 1994. It documents human rights abuses by state security forces and pro-government paramilitaries, and the role of President Jammeh in facilitating them. Thus far, justice for these abuses has been utterly out of reach.

All According to Plan: The Ra'ba Massacre and the Mass Killings of Protestors in Egypt

Middle East & North Africa Human Rights Watch (HRW) 11 August 2014

Human Rights Watch’s one-year investigation into the conduct of security forces in responding to demonstrations after the ouster of Muhammed Morsi indicates that police and army forces systematically and intentionally used excessive lethal force in their policing, resulting in killings of protesters on a scale unprecedented in Egypt. To date, no one has been held accountable.

A Deadly Shade of Green

Americas ARTICLE 19 8 August 2016

This report illustrates the severe human rights violations in Latin America against environmental defenders, who engage in lawful activities that bring to light environmental damage and human rights abuses, as well as the impunity that fuels them.

2016 Report on Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in Pakistan: Justice Delayed and Justice Denied

Asia & Pacific Pakistan Press Foundation 31 October 2016

In this report, the Pakistan Press Foundation finds a "near absolute level of impunity" in Pakistan due to a lack of interest by the federal and provincial governments as well as employers in pursuing legal cases of violence against journalists.

Like Walking a Minefield: Vicious Crackdown on Critics in Russia’s Chechen Republic

Europe & Central Asia Human Rights Watch (HRW) 29 August 2016

As elections unfold in the Chechen Republic, local authorities intensify suppression of dissent. 'Like Walking a Minefield' provides interviews with 43 victims of targeted violence committed under Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in response to criticism. These cases are only increasing under Kadrov's leadership and accountability has been absent.

Operation Decisive Storm Strikes Freedom of Expression in Yemen and the Gulf

Middle East & North Africa Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) 3 October 2016

Military operations in Yemen have been accompanied by a wide crackdown against freedom of expression and belief in Yemen and other countries taking part in Operation Decisive Storm. Journalists, online activists, human rights defenders, religious preachers, artists and political opponents have all been targeted with impunity.

West Africa Free Expression Monitor 2016 (January to June)

Africa Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) 5 September 2016

Overall, Freedom of expression violations are declining in West Africa. Yet, impunity remains high. In the course of six months, only one out of the 44 violations has received remedial action. Nigeria has registered the highest number of violations, followed by Ghana and Guinea.

The Cycle of Silence: Impunity in Murders of Communicators in Brazil

Americas ARTICLE 19 1 November 2016

'The Cycle of Silence' looks in detail at twelve cases involving journalists murdered in Brazil between 2012-2014. Among them are broadcasters, photo-journalists, bloggers and journalists. Out of the twelve cases analysed, only five cases resulted in the opening of a criminal case, or the indictment of suspects.

35 Press Predators Portrait Gallery

International Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 27 October 2016

To draw attention to press freedom predators and the impunity they enjoy, RSF has filled out a hunting permit for each of these predators. It identifies their favourite attack techniques, their enforcers, their favourite targets, their official discourse ­– blatant threats by some, complete denial by others – and their kill tally.

Unseating Impunity: Justice for Somali Journalists

Africa 31 October 2016

This report illustrates how past crimes against Somali journalists have continued, and how the government failed to conduct immediate, credible, impartial, and transparent investigations into serious rights abuses against journalists.

Impunity Report 2016

Europe & Central Asia Initiative for Freedom of Expression - Turkey 1 November 2016

Against the backdrop of the coup in Turkey, this report explores the lynchings and killings of demonstrators with impunity, more than 150 media outlets which have been shut down, and the failure of President Erdoğan to restore justice.

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