Every day, citizens, journalists, artists and activists are harassed, tortured and killed for expressing themselves.

In the majority of these cases, no one is punished. We’re working to change this.

The shocking facts about the problem of impunity:

journalists and media workers have been killed since 2006.

9 out of 10 cases go unpunished and see perpetrators walk free.

organisations that make up the IFEX network are committed to ending impunity.

Action Plan or Inaction Plan? The fate of the world’s journalists – and our democracies – hangs in the balance

On the 2022 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, and the 10th anniversary of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists, IFEX’s Executive Director underscores the need for States to start living up to their commitments.

Recent Articles on Impunity

Malta: Press freedom groups urge PM to deliver strong media law reforms

PM Abela should urge his government to implement recommendations from the recent public consultation into draft media laws and to strengthen the planned legislation in line with international standards.

Joint Statements

Claim of absolute freedoms in Ghana is refuted by the MFWA

While Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo boasts of a country that promotes media freedom and freedom of expression, the MFWA spotlights the unresolved killing of Ahmed Suale and other serious media freedom violations.

UN Submission: Addressing online threats to the safety of women journalists

IFEX’s submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights highlights how growing trends of online gender-based violence facing women journalists threatens their safety and undermines their rights to free expression and public participation, as well as civil society’s role in addressing these threats.

IFEX Statements

Nicaragua: UN Rights Council should renew Experts’ mandate

International monitoring is key due to repression, lack of judicial independence.

International Women’s Day: Stories of progress and challenges in online civic spaces

On International Women’s Day, IFEX Regional Editors share stories from their regions about steps being taken to balance safety and freedom online.

IFEX Regional Briefs

Council of Europe’s Platform for the Safety of Journalists Report 2023

As of 31 December 2022, 127 journalists were reported to be in detention by the Platform, representing a 60% increase on the figure for 2021: Turkey, Belarus and Russia were the worst offenders.

Joint Statements