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.

The Bees Are Coming, or: When a swarm is a good thing

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.

Recent Articles on Impunity

The foreword to the MEAA report into the state of press freedom in Australia in 2019

The Americas vacillated between episodes of darkness and light in the month of April. Despite instances of repression and attacks on freedom of expression across Venezuela, Nicaragua and Honduras, other countries moved towards fostering greater transparency – encouraged, in part, by organisations dedicated to the defense of human rights.

Zimbabwean journalists sit with their mouths taped to protest police methods at the Harare Central Police Station, 28 July 2017, JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images

The Annual Freedom of Expression Situation in Africa Report for 2018 highlights the high level of impunity on the continent for crimes against journalists, based on the 208 freedom of expression violations recorded during 2018 of which only 14 of the cases received remedial action.