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
Representatives of Human Rights First, PEN America, POMED, CPJ and others gather in front of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC, 2 October 2019, to remember Jamal Khashoggi, OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images
Working Together

In response to the release of a U.S. congressional report identifying Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as having ordered the operation against journalist Jamal Khashoggi, rights groups call on the Biden administration to impose sanctions on the prince, and suspend arms sales.

Activists gather at several places in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to protest the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed under police custody, 26 February 2021, Nahid Hasan/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Mushtaq Ahmed was arrested in May 2020 for posting criticism of the government’s pandemic response on Facebook. His petitions for bail had been repeatedly denied.

Journalists gather in the newsroom of Geo television, in Karachi, Pakistan, 6 June 2014, ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images

The central office of the Geo and Jang media group was vandalized by a group of protestors on 21 February in Karachi. Some staff members were also beaten.