Since 1 November, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), our partners, and the global community have been campaigning to put a stop to impunity.
The International Freedom of Expression Exchange’s (IFEX) 23 in 23 campaign highlights the pervasiveness of this global issue, which allows
violence against journalists to go unchecked and perpetuates systemic abuse.
Impunity threatens the ability of journalists to carry out their work of spreading information and uncovering truth. In too many cases, journalists have paid the ultimate price for attempting to fulfill the crucial role of the media in helping us all to make decisions about our future and the future of our countries.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Reynato Puno said in 2008: “Unless and until we do something to submerge this pernicious culture, these attacks will continue to litter our collective consciousness with corpses of people who are bearers of truth.” Yet today journalists are in as much danger as ever, if not more.
The culture of impunity that has been allowed to fester must not continue. Throughout Southeast Asia and around the world today, media organisations and rights groups have come together to fight back against this pernicious wrong. Today is International Day to End Impunity.
We thank our fellows and friends for their valuable insights and coverage of this important issue. We would like to feature some of their work below:
A Call to End Impunity, by Aneesa Alphonsus, SEAPA 2011 Journalism Fellow, chronicles the long road to justice for the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre.
Ryan Rosauro, of the Inquirer Mindanao, raises awareness for the International Day to End Impunity and the dangers that journalists and human rights defenders face.
SEAPA (http://www.seapabkk.org/) is the only regional organization with the specific mandate of promoting and protecting press freedom in Southeast Asia. It is composed of the Jakarta-based Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the Institute for Studies on the Free Flow of Information (ISAI); the Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ); the Bangkok-based Thai Journalists Association (TJA); and the network’s Kuala Lumpur-based associate member, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ). SEAPA also has partners in Cambodia, East Timor, and exiled Burmese media, and undertakes projects and programs for press freedom throughout the region.
For inquiries, please contact us at: seapa [at] seapa [dot] org or call +662 243 5579.