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.

Facing up to Impunity

It’s good to know that, on the road to end impunity, we are in good company.

Recent Articles on Impunity
Members of the Dhaka University Journalism Division form a human chain during a demonstration to protest against the killing of Humayun Kabir Balu, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 7 July 2004, STR/AFP via Getty Images

Five men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Humayun Kabir Balu, sixteen years after he was killed in a targeted explosion in Khulna in 2004. He was the editor of “Dainik Janmabhumi” and a former president of the Khulna Press Club.

A member of the press pays tribute to journalist Felipe Guevara, who died earlier, two days after being shot, in Cali, Colombia, 23 December 2020, PAOLA MAFLA/AFP via Getty Images
IFEX Regional Briefs

December 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.

The cover of a book on the life of prominent Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara slain in 2004, is displayed in Dakar, Senegal, 6 February 2008, SEYDOU DIALLO/AFP via Getty Images
IFEX Regional Briefs

December 2020 in Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s regional editor Reyhana Masters, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.