Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights have an obligation to carry out effective investigations into attacks perpetrated against journalists. Alerts submitted on the Platform reflect concerns about the cases in which these obligations may not have been met.
22 cases of impunity for murders of journalists
“Journalists who investigate and report on corruption, abuse of power and human rights violations are still being killed in Europe today. Too often these crimes go unpunished.
The Safety of Journalists Platform has recorded 22 cases of impunity for murder of journalists across Council of Europe member states.
Each case tells a story of horror and injustice. It shows ineffective criminal investigations and prosecutions. It points at negligence, inadequate legal frameworks or corruption. It reveals flawed human rights protection, defective rule of law and mistrusted democracy.
Fighting impunity is at the heart of what the Council of Europe stands for. By ratifying the European Convention of Human Rights, member states have undertaken to bring criminals to justice, to conduct prompt and effective investigations. They have also agreed to ensure that journalists can exercise their profession without fear.
I therefore call upon member states to carry out investigations and prosecutions that bring the murderers of journalists to justice. I will work with member states, journalists and civil society to bring domestic laws and practices in compliance with obligations under the Convention.”
Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights
"The growing number of attacks and violence against journalists in the last few years is very disturbing. The right of journalists to carry out their work under safe conditions, without fear of being harassed, attacked or beaten is paramount to freedom of expression. I call on the Council of Europe member states to pay particular attention to their positive obligation to protect journalists."
Liliane Maury Pasquier, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe