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Making the Protection of Journalists a Reality: Time to End Impunity

Journalism in danger: London Symposium on Journalists’ Safety probes the causes of anti-media violence and repression

On 7 April the BBC and CFOM hosted a conference at the BBC’s Broadcasting House. In “Making the Protection of Journalists a Reality: Time to end Impunity” 60 international media editors, jurists and other experts showcased media investigations and reports into anti-media violence and impunity, considered ways to improve safety practices and sought urgent action by governments and UN bodies to strengthen protections. The meeting examined serious restraints on press freedom in  Brazil, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, Ukraine and elsewhere. UN General Assembly Resolution on the Safety of Journalists condemns impunity for violent crimes against journalists

Symposium Agenda (in PDF and in Word) advances  UN, NGOs and media efforts to strengthen protections for journalists in danger

BBC and CFOM Symposium Statement highlights growing threats to journalism worldwide. CFOM directors join global media personalities and NGOs in a show of solidarity outside BBC building: One minute’s silence and an urgent call to free Al Jazeera staff and all jailed journalists

Symposium Opening Remarks by Peter Horrocks, Director, BBC Global News: ‘What strategy against violence and impunity?’

Keynote speech: Guy Berger, Head of Freedom of Expression at UNESCO: ‘How Media Can Help Themselves’

Keynote speech: Judge Monageng, Vice-President of the International Criminal Court: ‘Can the ICC offer legal protection to targeted journalists?’

View Symposium videos on BBC College of Journalism YouTube channel including special reports from Egypt and Pakistan; and presentations by Peter Horrocks, Guy Berger and Christophe Deloire

Symposium steps up pressure on safety: Cathy Loughran on key issues and themes, with links to texts and videos

Global media coverage of the April 7 journalists’ safety symposium and protest gathering

Threats, torture and censorship: In the first of a series of reports on the Symposium’s themes for the BBC’s College of Journalism and CFOM, Aamer Ahmed Khan of BBC Global News probes the reasons for the high death toll of journalists in Pakistan.

Journalists in danger: A roadmap for fighting impunity by Joel Simon

Journalists in danger: Action not outrage will end reporter death toll by Ricardo Gonzalez Bernal

Journalists in danger: Support press freedom groups or risk lives by Paul Steiger

Journalists in danger: How can international law help fight impunity? by Nicholas Tsagourias

Can violence against journalists be called a Crime Against Humanity? CFOM Co-Director Prof Nicholas Tsagourias outlines how such crimes can be prosecuted and how to combat impunity through law

Safety of Journalists: Media Responses to Matters of Life and Death

IFJ/EFJ Condemn Crimean Government’s Attempts to Restrict Media Access. Press release warns restrictions will put journalists’ safety at risk following earlier cases of targeted attacks and abuse

CFOM and the BBC co-host “unique” meeting of global news media to tackle rise in violence against journalists. More than forty media organisations sign “London Statement” demanding strong UN action to stop the killings of journalists. Event summary, London statement, analysis, commentary, stories from the frontline.

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Publications

The Centre for Freedom of the Media researchs about issues related to media freedom through its MFP (Media Freedom Papers), a series of reports on the state of media liberty worldwide, violations against media freedom, legal impunity.

CFOM International Director writes for the Council of Europe : Mapping Report on efforts for journalists’ safety in Europe and gaps in implementation

Censorship by bullet: William Horsley and Professor Jackie Harrison on confronting a global tide of violence against journalists

Read CFOM’s latest Media Freedom Papers: Bulgaria: The EU Should Act Urgently To Protect Media Freedom

Other Publications

2010-2011 Project: Impunity and the Rule of Law

The Initiative on Impunity and the Rule of Law was a joint project of the Centre for Freedom of the Media, University of Sheffield and the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism, City University, London. The Initiative hosted a London conference in June 2011 to help prepare for a UN Inter-agency meeting. On 23 November UNESCO finalised the United Nations’ Action Plan to combat violence against journalists and impunity for those crimes.