February 10, 2016

Landmark CFOM Events

Stop the Killing of Journalists: Prevention and Justice to end Impunity

Co-Hosted by CFOM, UNESCO, Pen International/Article 19, November 2015341f9ab9ca

On 2 November 2015 the first major event to be held the UK to mark International day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists took place in the Houses of Parliament. Prominent journalists, international lawyers, NGOs and policy-makers focused on the realities of impunity in the field and on the necessary responses to eradicate impunity. Jointly organised by UNESCO, the Centre for Freedom of the Media, PEN International and Article 19.

2 November 2015 –  Statements by EU High Representative, UN Secretary-General and UK Minister for Human Rights, Baroness Anelay marking International day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalist and call for prevention of violence and prosecution of perpetrators

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Read Our International Director’s Report on the event here


Commemorative Conference:Ending Impunity for Crimes against journalists

Co-Hosted by CFOM, UNESCO, and OAS, October 2015

Dorothea Krimitsas, Deputy Head of Public Relations, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Prof Jackie Harrison, Chair, Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), University of Sheffield

At the two-day conference at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose Costa Rica on 9-10 October 2015 representatives of judicial systems around the world shared the experience derived from international courts to raise knowledge of international legal standards in the fight against impunity for crimes against journalists. Jointly organised by UNESCO and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. CFOM is a partner of this event.

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Seminar and Inter-Regional Dialogue
Enforcing and Upgrading Legal protections for Journalists

Co-Hosted by CFOM, Council of Europe, UNESCO, and ECtHR, November 2014download

Marking the 2 November UN ‘International Day to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’, this Seminar and Inter-Regional Dialogue addresses the urgent need to enforce and upgrade legal protections for journalists whose safety and security are threatened because of their work. Current frameworks of legal protection for journalists vary greatly between regions and the rate of conviction for crimes against journalists remains extremely low. The seminar provides a forum for an enhanced dialogue among representatives of inter-governmental organisations and regional human rights courts in Europe, the Americas and Africa, with leading  lawyers and non-govermental organisations, to advance efforts to develop a consistent framework of protection globally and eradicate impunity. Read more about the event, including the Conclusions of the Rapporteur Tarlach McGonagle, speakers’ presentations and a full transcript of the Event, on the Seminar website.

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Read the Inter-Justice report on the seminar here

Read the transcript from the seminar here


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

C-Hosted by CFOM and BBC, April 2014protes7

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 AssemblyResolution on the Safety of Journalists condemns impunity for violent crimes against journalists

Read more about the Symposium here


Media Responses to Matters of Life and Death

Co-hosted by CFOM and the BBC, 2012

The Centre for Freedom of the Media and the BBC College of Journalism jointly hosted a Symposium on Media Responses to Matters of Life and Death on 18 October in the BBC’s new London Headquarters at New Broadcasting House. Senior figures from leading international media titles mostly set aside scepticism about the value of UN interventions.

The London Statement was formally presented, together with a video of extracts from the London Symposium, to the UN Inter-Agency Meeting on Safety of Journalists and Impunity held in Vienna on 22 and 23 November 2012.

More on the event

More on the London Statement

Working Conference

The Initiative on Impunity and the Rule of Law: safety and protection for Journalists: A responsibility for the World.

Co-hosted by CFOm and City University CLJJ, 2011220px-CollegeBuilding

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.

Press release from the Conference

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Appeal to the Conference

About the Impunity and the Rule of Law Project

More on the Project’s Publications

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20 Years After the Fall of the Wall: What Happened to Press and Political Freedom?

Co-Hosted by CFOM and Chatham House, 2009GRAND

The conference explored the part played by the popular demand for free expression as a factor in the anti-communist revolutions, and assessed the evidence that a widespread retreat of press and political freedom has taken place in recent years across many parts of post-Cold War Europe and Russia.

The speakers were:

  • Keynote Speaker – Jens Reich, former leader of New Forum pro-democracy movement in East Germany
  • Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times
  • Miklós Haraszti, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
  • Masha Lipman, Editor of Pro and Contra
  • Lionel Barber, Editor of The Financial Times
  • Irina Demchenko, UK Bureau Chief, RIA-Novosti
  • Aleksei Simonov, Glasnost Defence Foundation
  • William Bowring, Human Rights Lawyer and expert in Council of Europe cases, Professor of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Lilia Shevtsova, Carnegie Moscow Center

Read about our International Director’s Journey to CFOM