International Director’s Blog

CFOM panel examines the causes of Impunity: Why do the killers of journalists so often walk free?

On Thursday November 7, 2018, a topical CFOM Panel debate was held on ‘The Assault on Press Freedom: Why attacks on journalists spell danger for the Rule of Law and Democracy’. It took place during the University of Sheffield’s International Journalism Week, when leading exponents of media freedom and human rights were invited to inter-act with students on urgent issues facing the world of journalism.  

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Two journalists’ deaths in Europe are a symptom that the rule of law is failing

The killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a remote-controlled car bomb explosion near her home in Malta last October and the mafia execution-style killing of anti-corruption reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova in Slovakia in February have exposed what critics see as a ‘climate of impunity’ that protects powerful figures from facing justice in the courts for crimes that threaten the fabric of democracy.

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