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 hosted Free Press Live 2016 - stand up for journalists and justice. On this day it was 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.
- Javier Espinosa (journalist abducted by IS)
- Hans Jaap Melissen (Journalist of the Year in 2012)
- Brechtje van de Moosdijk (chief foreign editor at RTL News)
- Can Dündar (Turkish journalist, columnist and documentarian)
- Guy Berger (Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO
Free Press Live was opened by Ruth Kronenburg (Director of Operations, Free Press Unlimited), Kees van Baar (Human Rights Ambassador, Kingdom of the Netherlands) and Rabin Baldewsingh (Elderman, City of The Hague). Read more about the speakers.
Free Press Awards
During Free Press Live the following three awards were 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.