Date(s) - 27/10/2016
12:30 - 14:30
Brussels Press Club Europe asbl
Debate on International Day to end impunity
for crimes against journalists
Thursday 27 October 2016, 12h30 – 14h30
Press Club Brussels Europe (PCBE), Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels
Join us for a debate on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI) to discuss how this matters to all of us also here in Brussels and in Europe.
Over 800 journalists were killed in the past 10 years in the world. In nearly all these cases their killers have never been brought to justice.
To put an end to this, a 2013 resolution of the UN General Assembly on Safety of Journalists proclaimed November 2nd each year the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI). The date was chosen to commemorate the death of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, two French radio journalists killed by rebel fighters in Mali on 2.11.2013.
The Press Club Brussels Europe, together with the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) in Belgium and the Italian NGO Ossigeno per l’Informazione, who monitors thousands of cases of threatened journalists in Italy, will organize this event to alert professional and political authorities in Europe to this serious issue and to seek suitable responses to the dangers journalists face in their daily work.
The event will consist of two sessions:
– the first one centered on the geography of violence perpetrated against journalists in all its possible declinations and how it has an impact on the work of fellow journalists. A panel with experienced journalists and other experts that will convey the message of the impact of the increased dangers for journalists all over the world because of their work;
– a second session will be centered on the Italian case and the work of Ossigeno per l’Informazione (Oxygen for Information) which has uncovered, through their specific “method” of enquiry the cases of thousands of journalists, bloggers, photo and video reporters, who have been victims of intimidation, threats and abuse in Italy because of their work.
The debate that will follow might also help uncover the same kind of intimidations in other countries in Europe and elsewhere that go unreported and that can seriously affect freedom of information even in the most democratic countries.
This event has the support of several international media organizations, including the European Federation of Journalists.