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A Safer World For The Truth

Safety of journalists

Every week a journalist is killed. Killing the truth is the world’s safest crime – in more than eight out of ten cases the killers go free. 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.

A Safer World for the Truth is an initiative by Free Press Unlimited, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters without Borders. The project is funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery (Nationale Postcode Loterij). 

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. Beyond the devastation of the individual case, the murder of a journalist and pervasive impunity, sends an ominous message to newsrooms, editors, and reporters: unwelcome voices are expendable.

Rather than mere individual injustices, widespread impunity poses a fundamental threat to democracy, and that the need for government action has never been greater. This is why A Safer World For The Truth was created.

To this end, the People's Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists was established as a parallel grassroots initiative to seek justice for murdered journalists. The Tribunal consists of five hearings taking place between November 2021-May 2022. Due to the latest coronavirus measures, the case hearings have been postponed until further notice. New hearing dates and further information regarding the Tribunal will be added here.

In collaboration with Open Democracy, A Safer World For The Truth has launched a podcast series: Killing The Truth. Each month, until May 2022, a new episode is launched here.

Furthermore, we have launched a series of investigations. Every month until May 2022, a new investigation will be published. We encourage you to keep an eye out on these, also through our social media channels. 

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Killing The Truth Documentary

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