SEAPA, a media freedom advocacy NGO, today released a brief report of its count of impunity-related incidents in 2012 today, as it began a series of activities to mark the International Day to End Impunity (IDEI) on Friday.
According to SEAPA executive director, Gayathry Venkiteswaran the numbers mean that there is a lot of work to do in the region to end the culture of impunity.
“SEAPA looks not only at acts of violence, but also legal action of states to suppress the right of freedom of opinion and expression,” she explained, and noting that of the 100 cases, 29 were committed by states in the name of the law.
The culture of impunity in the region has two faces: the first is that perpetrators of violence are able to escape punishment for their crimes. Without fear of consequences, perpetrators continue to carry out such acts.
Also, according to SEAPA, states also commit impunity by prosecuting acts of freedom of expression. This not only creates a climate of fear among citizens and journalists, but also emboldens some groups to attack those who express critical messages.
 Freedom of expression advocacy groups around the world chose the date, 23 November, as the global day to end impunity because it is the anniversary of the Ampatuan massacreof 58 persons including 32 journalists and media workers in Maguindanao, southern Philippines. It is the world’s deadliest single attack against journalists.