International Day to End Impunity
For this year’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (IDEI), IFEX is focusing on illegal surveillance as a tactic that threatens journalists’ safety, and drawing attention to how impunity creates the conditions under which it continues to thrive.
Year-round, IFEX members work to bring the perpetrators of attacks on journalists and rights defenders to justice, and to establish conditions that will make it harder for them to commit such crimes in the first place.
As IFEX Executive Director Annie Game writes in her op-ed marking IDEI, ending impunity for illegal surveillance is a critically important part of this work.
“The government’s relentless and retaliatory campaign against Ressa serves a sole purpose: to silence independent journalism and curtail the free flow of information in the country,” said the #HoldTheLine steering committee.
November 2021 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Paula Martins, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.
November 2021 in Asia-Pacific: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s regional editor Mong Palatino, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.
November 2021 in Europe and Central Asia: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Cathal Sheerin, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.
Uladzimir Mackievič was arrested in August 2021 and charged with organising and preparing actions that grossly violate public order. He has been in pre-trial detention ever since; no date has been set for his trial.
Council of Europe triggers infringement proceedings against Turkey over refusal to release Osman Kavala
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in 2019 that Turkey should release civil society leader Osman Kavala. Infringement proceedings were initiated due to Turkey’s failure to abide by the ECtHR decision.