All over the world, journalists are threatened, attacked or even murdered because they want to bring their audiences reliable information. And often the perpetrators aren’t even prosecuted. On November 2nd Free Press Unlimited hosts Free Press Live 2017 - stand up for journalists and justice during the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
Every week a journalist is killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. In the past ten years hundreds of journalists have been murdered, but in nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. This is not acceptable. We need to move from words to action. Read more about how to end impunity.
“No journalist anywhere should have to risk their life to report the news. Together, let us stand up for journalists – and stand up for justice”, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Journalists play a crucial role in society. They function as a watchdog and expose crimes and injustice. However, some countries and regions make it close to impossible for journalists to do their job. They prosecute, threaten or use violence to intimidate and silience them. This has a huge impact on press freedom, investigative journalism and access to reliable information.
DATUM: 2 NOVEMBER 2017
TIJD: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: PEACE PALACE, THE HAGUE
With acclaimed Dutch journalist and TV-presenter Twan Huys as moderator, international journalists, legislators and policy makers will discuss the escalating violence and its consequences. We're proud to announce the first two speakers:
- Diane Foley is the mother of conflict journalist James Foley, who was murdered by ISIS in 2014. She is the founder and president of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation and advocates on safety for journalists and humanitarians.
- Maria Ressa is co-founder and CEO of the Philippine independent news platform "Rappler" and frequently harassed because of her work.
- Sascha Rubel Diamanka is a key UNESCO representative, based in Dakar promoting the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.
- Nani Jansen Reventlow is a renowned solicitor in the field of free speech and the protection of journalists and bloggers, with ground-breaking succes in various African courts.
Visit this page for more info on the speakers.
Free Press Awards
During Free Press Live the following three awards will be handed out:
– Most Resilient Journalist
– Newcomer of the Year
– Best Report Award
With these awards we want to honour journalists who risk everything to bring us the news, media pioneers who pave the way for equality and justice and those who persevere under the most difficult circumstances. Journalists who have a strong commitment with press freedom and independent information.