Resolution on Impunity Against Journalists
October 4, 2015
Recalling our Assembly resolution of October 26, 2013 in support of the annual observance of International Day to End Impunity on November 23;
Emphasising our commitment to freedom of expression and freedom of the press;
Acknowledging the importance of journalists and other communicators in informing, mediating and building public debate on issues that promote the development of people everywhere;
Understanding the expanding variety of communication platforms from which professional and other communicators reach their audiences;
Recognising that the work of journalists often puts them at specific risk of intimidation, harassment and violence;
Noting the growing number of attacks on journalists and other communities for disseminating news, information and opinion to the public;
Recognising the work of members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) to promote recognition of acts of impunity against journalists, other communicators and activists;
Noting the Resolution adopted by the United National General Assembly on December 18, 2013 on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity;
Be it resolved:
The ACM supports all national, regional and international efforts to reduce the current level of impunity for crimes against journalists.
The ACM is appalled at the revelation in the 2014 UNESCO Director-General’s Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity, that less than six percent of the 593 cases of killings of journalists from 2006-2013 have been resolved.
The ACM supports the plans for increasing the awareness of the levels of impunity for crimes against journalists at fora a such as the 9 and 10 October conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, convened by the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States.
The ACM fully supports the activities planned for the UN’s International Day against Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November, in the knowledge that this will increase global awareness of the impact of such impunity on global journalism and freedom of expression.
The ACM calls on all organisations representing the fraternity of journalists, and those organisations committed to uphold freedom of expression, to show their support for all efforts to reduce the scourge of impunity for crimes against journalists.
We hereby declare at this Eighth Biennial General Assembly of the ACM on October 4, 2015 in the City of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.