November 2 has been recognized as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists since 2014.
The efforts and events organized to inform the public about the struggle against impunity has been dating back to the year 2009.
Struggle against impunity began in 2009
The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) announced that 71 journalists were killed in 2009. Keeping an archive of the journalists who were killed or assaulted, the CPJ also stated that 2009 was the year when the biggest massacre of journalists had taken place for the last 30 years. 20 of them were killed in a mass murder in the Philippines on November 23, 2009.
Violence against journalists was gradually mounting and the murders were not brought into light for political reasons as in the case of the Philippines. To raise awareness in that regard, the CPJ declared the November 23 as the Day of Struggle against Impunity.
UN declared the international day in 2014
The efforts of the CPJ gained momentum in December 18, 2013, when a call was made to the member countries in the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) to adopt strict measures to end the culture of impunity.
With the support of the Canada-based International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), November 2 was declared as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in 2014.
IFEX Turkey members
The representatives for three members of the IFEX in Turkey will speak at the panel discussion that will be held today (November 2) and discuss what can be done "against the culture of impunity".
While the panel discussion will be aired online in Turkish from 4 to 5 p.m. in local time of Turkey today, it will be aired online in English between 5 and 6 p.m. in the local time of Turkey.
Nadire Mater will attend the panel on behalf of bianet, Şanar Yurdatapan will attend it on behalf of Initiative for Freedom of Expression and Özgün Özçer will take part in the discussion on behalf of P24 journalism platform.
Amnesty International's Turkey Strategy and Research Manager Andrew Gardner, founder of the "Bureau of Legal Assistance Against Sexual Harassment and Rape" attorney Eren Keskin and Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Cihan Aydın will also attend the event with their video messages. (HK/SD)
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