Wednesday, July 10, 2019
United Nations Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial killings Agnes Callamard and investigative journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia are among those who will speak at a panel about impunity for crimes against journalists, hosted by Free Press Unlimited.

With the panel discussion, Free Press Unlimited aims to highlight the need for innovation to improve the international legal infrastructure. The panel will provide new tools and suggestions for the effective prosecution of journalist murders.

In the past 10 years hundreds of journalists have been murdered. In nine out of 10 cases the killers go unpunished. 

Campaigning to end impunity

Callamard and Caruana Galizia are among those who have been fiercely campaigning for an end to impunity for journalist killings. Late last month, Callamard issued a damning report about the investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Caruana Galizia has been fighting for justice ever since his mother, investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb near her home in Malta. 

They will be joined by Ashmita Pokharel of Nepal’s Freedom Forum and Flutura Kusari, the head of legal support at the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom in a discussion about how to end impunity. 

The panel discussion will highlight efforts to bring those who have murdered to journalists to justice, review national attempts to resolve cold cases and examine attempts to effect change in UN member states where impunity is prevalent. 

Full list of speakers

Matthew Caruana Galizia – Investigative Journalist
Matthew Caruana Galizia, investigative journalist and the son of Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist assassinated using a car bomb near her home in Malta.

Agnes Callamard – United Nations Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial killings
Recently Callamard produced a special rapport on the investigation of the murder of Jamal Kashoggi in which she has criticised the Saudi Arabian investigation into the killing.

Ashmita Pokharel – Emergency Helpdesk, Freedom Forum Nepal, @PokharelAshmita
Pokharel has been working with the families of slain and disappeared journalist in Nepal in order to find the way out for their justice process. 

Flutura Kusari – Head Legal Support, ECPMF
Kusari leads the legal support programme for journalists and whistle-blowers and advocates with international organisations to improve legislation to defend freedom of expression. 

Time and location of panel discussion

The panel discussion will take place on July 10 as part of the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London, United Kingdom. 

Venue: “Printworks” Surrey Quays Rd, Rotherhithe, London
Time: 10 July 13.40-15.00 at the Editorial room