As IFEX's 2013 International Day to End Impunity campaign draws to a close, the UN General Assembly has passed a welcome resolution calling on all Member States to protect journalists and media workers.
The campaign, launched on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, is a response to the numerous cases of women journalists being threatened, attacked, harassed, raped or even killed in the course of their profession.
Organisations urge the Syrian government to not use the Anti-Terrorism Law or any other law to target human rights defenders, journalists, humanitarian workers and other peaceful activists. The Syrian government should also guarantee in all circumstances that human rights defenders in Syria are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.
Radio Shabelle journalist Mohamed Bashir Hashi posted a video online in which he interviewed a young female reporter describing her alleged rape by two male journalists. Hashi and the woman were later arrested after one of the two incriminated journalists filed a complaint against them.
A far-right magazine recently put France’s black justice minister Christiane Taubira on its cover, comparing her to a monkey. The storm of indignation that followed gave unexpected visibility to the magazine and members of the government expressed their desire to sue the magazine or to block the distribution of the infamous issue.
During a visit to the IAPA offices on November 8, Marianela Montenegro, a journalist and owner of Canal 33 television in Cochabamba reported that she has been harassed and threatened and the offices of her channel have been broken into on two occasions.
To mark the International Day to End Impunity, CCHR has released a legal analysis of the criminal charges leveled against a former governor and a police chief, in connection with the 2012 shooting of three Cambodian factory workers.
Kyambadde Sam was charged with assault for following up and questioning the arrest of a suspected businessman, at Bakuli, a Kampala suburb.
If the problem of murdered journalists is not enough, it is augmented by a failure to prosecute those responsible for the crime. Such impunity proves to be the catalyst for increased murders and attacks since the cost/benefit analysis for the criminals is a simple one: I can kill, deliver a message and get away with it.
A confidential Interior Ministry report leaked to the Angolan media described the role of police and the domestic intelligence service, SINSE, in the abduction, torture, and killing of António Alves Kamulingue and Isaías Cassule.
The constituent assembly elections held on 19 November and the general strike call issued on 12 November created a climate of social tension in Nepal that directly affected the news media.
On 22 November 2013, the Supreme Court of Cambodia granted temporary release to Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist who has played a prominent role in her community's struggle against forced evictions in the Boeng Kak area of Phnom Penh.
The media has paid scant attention to the actual content of Bill C-461, which is about to receive Third Reading approval before it goes to the Senate and then becomes law. This legislation will change the Access to Information and the Privacy Acts in ways that could undermine the journalistic and programming integrity of Canada’s public broadcaster.
Police arrested two journalists for Canal 3 for filming a demonstration at the University of Abomey-Calavi. 17 students and one head of department were injured by tear gas and bullets fired by police.
The directors of Cadena Capriles, a corporate group of social communication media, fired Omar Lugo, director of El Mundo, Economía y Negocios
(EMEN), a paper printed by the conglomerate. According to Capriles, the decision was made after he refused to change the newspaper's editorial line.
In the United Arab Emirates, a series of show trials and convictions against online activists highlight an authoritarian regime’s attempts to quell growing dissent among a repressed citizenry.
The UN General Assembly should approve a new resolution and make clear that indiscriminate surveillance is never consistent with the right to privacy, five human rights organisations said in an open letter.
On the International Day to End Impunity, the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety calls for justice for Rafiq Tagi, Novruzali Mammadov, Elmar Huseynov and other journalists who have been killed and attacked because of their work.
IFEX appeals to the King of Bahrain to free Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), who is eligible for conditional release on 29 November 2013.
. . .
The work of the 23 finalists of the Impunity Exposed photo contest embodies the notion that pictures speak louder than words. Click through the gallery below to discover our finalists' submissions and the ways that impunity impacts freedom of expression.