Toronto – IFEX launched its third annual International Day to End Impunity campaign, in which voices are united to raise awareness about how a culture of impunity stifles freedom of expression, and to inspire people to take action to weaken its power.
When someone acts with impunity, it means that their actions have no consequences. Intimidation, threats, attacks and murders go unpunished. Countless citizens, artists, bloggers, scientists, musicians and journalists have been harassed, threatened, tortured, intimidated, jailed and worse for exercising their basic human right to free expression. Over 500 journalists have been killed in the last decade. Most of the perpetrators of these crimes can count on never being brought to justice. The impact is not hard to imagine. In a country where someone is murdered with impunity for reporting on corruption, how likely is it that another will take that work on?
The campaign is to be followed on Daytoendimpunity.org, where something new will be featured between November 1–23, the International Day to End Impunity. Multimedia resources, infographics, videos, online interactive experiences, articles, country profiles and interviews are helping people to understand the problem and find ways to add their voices to a global network of activists working online.