The People’s Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists responds to one of the biggest threats to press freedom: the persistent impunity accorded to those who kill journalists. In eight out of ten cases the killers go free. This persistently high level of impunity perpetuates a cycle of violence against journalists, posing a threat to freedom of expression. So we are stepping in. By investigating cold cases and bringing them to court.The programme for the opening hearing can be found here
The People’s Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists is organised by Free Press Unlimited, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters without Borders, as part of the initiative A Safer World for the Truth. A Safer World for the Truth is funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery (Nationale Postcode Loterij).
Why ‘A Safer World for the Truth’?
Every week a journalist is killed. Killing the truth is the world’s safest crime – in eight out of ten cases the killers go free.
In 2019, there were no perpetrators successfully prosecuted in 86% of the cases. Journalists all around the world are harassed, arrested, kidnapped and murdered for doing their job: for finding the truth. Fueled by a lack of political will and poor institutional capacity, this deadly trend has held steady for the past ten years. It must end. That is why Free Press Unlimited (FPU), Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) are joining forces. To investigate. To document. To pursue justice. And create a safer world for the truth.