24 November 2011
IFEX Communiqué Vol 20, No 46
Today, 23 November, is the International Day to End Impunity (IDEI). The IFEX community has chosen this day to honour those who have been silenced forever for exercising their right to freedom of expression, and to raise awareness that their killers often go unpunished. This day marks the anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre in the Philippines in 2009, which was the single deadliest incident for journalists in recent history and is a solemn reminder of the risks taken to inform the public and speak truth to power. It is also meant to be a day to recognise the work IFEX members and others are doing to combat impunity and to inspire action everywhere to demand justice and advance efforts to stop impunity in the killings of journalists, musicians, artists, politicians, and other free expression advocates.
IFEX members from United Kingdom to Bahrain, Argentina to Kazakhstan, have taken up the call of the International Day to End Impunity (IDEI) campaign. You can find them blogging, tweeting, signing letters, posting on Facebook and organising local events to commemorate the day. Check out the events below from around the world. To see what members are doing on an ongoing basis to combat impunity, please also visit: http://www.daytoendimpunity.org/member_actions
Live from Vienna, Austria on 23 November, IFEX teamed up with its member the International Press Institute (IPI) to broadcast an online Q&A about impunity with experts from Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines and the international community. An international audience had the opportunity to send in questions live during the discussion on the International Day to End Impunity. Catch some of the highlights here.
After a very difficult decision, the winning poster of IFEX's International Day to End Impunity poster contest has been chosen to represent the day from now on.