06 Dec 2018 Lvl. 1
Resolved
Alert created on: 25 Aug 2017 Denmark

Journalist Kim Wall Killed on a Civilian Submarine

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ CPJ Index RSF
Partner EFJ/IFJ CPJ Index RSF
Freelance journalist Kim Wall (30) was reported missing on 10 August 2017 after she failed to return from a trip aboard a Danish civilian midjet submarine, the US3 Nautilus, with its inventor Peter Langkjær Madsen. The journalist was interviewing the Danish submarine builder for a feature at a time of her disappearance.

Mr Madsen was arrested on 12 August under the suspicion of causing Wall's death in connection with her disappearance. After initially claiming he had dropped her safely near Copenhagen, later reportedly told investigators that she had died in accident and he had buried her at sea.

On 23 August, 2017 the Danish police identified a headless torso found off the waters of Copenhagen as Kim Wall confirming the death of the journalist. Kim Wall, a graduate from Columbia University’s school of journalism, had worked for many news organisations including the Guardian, the New York Times and the South China Morning Post.
Resolved
06 Dec 2018: In September 2018, the High Court of Eastern Denmark upheld the life sentence given to Peter Madsen for murdering the Swedish journalist Kim Wall in August 2017. On 6 December 2018, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
Updates
27 Sep 2018
On 26 September 2018, Peter Madsen lost his appeal against his life sentence. Appeals courts judges sided with the earlier decision, saying the case was one of "unusual brutality".
25 Apr 2018
On 25 April 2018, Peter Madsen was sentenced to life for murdering journalist Kim Wall.
24 Jan 2018
On 16 January 2018 Peter Madsen was formally charged by the Danish prosecution with premeditated killing, sexual assault and improper handling of a body. The trial is scheduled to start in Copenhagen on 8 March.
Follow-ups
25 Aug 2017
Killing of Swedish journalist Kim Wall points at threats faced by journalists, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media says.
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