November 2 marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. On this day we remember courageous investigative journalists who have lost their lives while pursuing the truth. According to the CPJ, in nine out of ten cases where a journalist has been targeted for murder, their perpetrators remain free and unpunished.
According to the UNESCO, 43 journalists and media workers have been killed and targeted as a result of their journalistic investigations worldwide in 2019. According to the Council of Europe’s Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists annual report, “… Authorities have routinely failed to take remedial action to prevent violence against journalists.”
Since its inception in August 2018, the JFJ Foundation has been working towards ending impunity by the means of its Investigative Grant Programme. In 2019, we pledged USD 396,000 to fund journalistic investigations into the still unsolved murders of Orkhan Dzhemal, Aleksandr Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko in the Central African Republic; Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta; Camille Lepage in the Central African Republic; Elmar Huseynov in Azerbaijan; Silvia Duzan in Colombia and Christopher Allen in South Sudan.
JFJ is committed to enhancing its cooperation with the international media community, NGOs, democratic governments and media security experts. Only by working together for justice and against impunity we will be able to increase the awareness, preparedness and safety of independent professional and citizen media workers around the world.