Annie Game

Frankly, it has become far too easy to interfere with the media’s key role in supporting fair elections and healthy democracies. As the Executive Director of the IFEX network writes, each World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to renew our vow to make it difficult for those who try to do so.

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the ensuing cover-up were carried out by people who apparently believed they were untouchable. And why wouldn’t they? On this fifth International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the guilty are still rarely held to account.

We need to support a free and independent media; efforts to undermine them are on the rise, and we need to hear a diversity of voices and opinions more than ever. Our 2018 campaign images underscore the fact that one side of the story is never enough.

As IFEX enters its 25th year, Executive Director Annie Game asks: Is freedom of the press still worth defending? More than ever.

Annie Game, IFEX’s Executive Director, discusses why we need women journalists…and why they need us.

During the International Day to End Impunity, we profile the cases of Jineth Bedoya Lima, Musa Saidykhan and Shan Dahar: Three cultures of impunity…and three paths to justice.

Members of Reporters Without Borders protest against Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev during his visit to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in Berlin, 21 January 2015. , REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

On World Press Freedom Day 2016, IFEX salutes Khadija Ismayilova, winner of the 2016 UNESCO Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize, and the people around the world making sure that – even while in prison – her voice is louder than ever.

We honour the bravery of journalists who face obstacles head on, and the ingenuity they show in getting around them. But journalists themselves cannot – and should not – be press freedom’s only line of defense.

Commemoration of the Ampatuan Massacre in Manila, Philippines, on 23 November 2013, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

58 people killed in a single attack, including 32 media workers. The failure to convict anyone in the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre case both reflects and nourishes the culture of impunity, everywhere.

Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

On the inaugural UN International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, IFEX asks: If killing journalists is killing the messenger, what message are governments sending when their killers get away with it?

Access to information is the lifeblood of a free media and democratic society, a fact worth remembering as we mark World Press Freedom Day.

Link to: After UN resolution on impunity, more work to be done

Following UN resolution on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, IFEX challenge is to ensure words translate into action.

Images of the five individuals profiled in the 2013 International Day to End Impunity campaign

How do you break a culture of impunity? Support a culture that challenges impunity.

The dangers to press freedom hit close to home recently when staff at IFEX member ARTICLE 19 of Mexico received an anonymous death threat aimed at stopping their efforts to end impunity for crimes against the media – which is also a theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day.