Global Campaign Against Impunity

Campaign Against Impunity

Murder is the ultimate form of censorship. Hundreds of journalists are murdered, [Link to Murdered page as now] , but in nine out of 10 cases their killers go free. CPJ is waging a global campaign against impunity. Join us. Raise your voice. Speak out for justice.

Impunity Spotlight

AP/Luis Barron
Rubén Espinosa, photographer

Murdered: July 31, 2015, in Mexico City, Mexico

Beats: Culture, Human Rights, Politics

Case status: Complete impunity

"He was a leader, but I was afraid for him."
- A colleague interviewed following photojournalist Espinosa's assassination.

In August 2015, photographer Rubén Espinosa, known for photographing social movements, was found dead in a Mexican City apartment along with four women, including activist Nadia Vera. All the victims were shot in the head and showed signs of torture. Espinosa had sought safety in Mexico City after receiving threats in his home state of Veracruz, the most dangerous place for journalists in North America. After one year, no one had been convicted of the murders.

Mexico, where 20 journalists have been murdered with complete impunity in the past decade, is ranked eighth on CPJ's 2015 Impunity Index. Tell the authorities that one year without justice for Espinosa is too long and call for a transparent and credible investigation.

Impunity Index

From Brazil to Pakistan, Russia to India, CPJ names the countries where journalists are regularly murdered and the killers go unpunished. The Index calculates the number of unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population. Details »

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You can make a difference in several ways. Add your voice to those seeking justice. Provide us with leads and information. Details »

A Global Movement

From Colombia to Somalia, organizations around the world work to end impunity. Responding to our voices, the U.N. General Assembly established November 2 as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Learn more about how the global response to impunity and what you can do November 2. Resources »

Road to justice: Breaking cycle of impunity

Despite increased international attention to the murders of journalists, governments fail to take action to reduce the high rates of targeted violence and impunity, the Committee to Protect Journalists finds. In the past 10 years, 370 journalists were murdered; in 90 percent of cases, there are no convictions. The unchecked, unsolved murders of journalists is one of the greatest threats to press freedom today.
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796 journalists murdered worldwide since 1992

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Courtney Radsch
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