LatAm newspapers recruit readers to find justice for murdered journalists

The Inter American Press Association is stepping up its Impunity Project activities.

The IAPA announced last week that member newspapers are recruiting their readers to demand the murderers of journalists be brought to justice.

The newspapers of the Western Hemisphere are collaborating in this endeavor to the public good which enables Internet users to go directly to the Web site www.impunidad.com to add their signatures to a petition that is sent to the president of a country where a murder remains unpunished. The IAPA has noted a massive increase in visits to its Impunity Web site as a result of the banners carried in the press of the Americas.

The Impunity Project is a 14-year old operation of the Inter American Press Association to get governments in the Western Hemisphere to take seriously the murders of journalists.

The Project is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of $7.7 million. The grant runs until 2011.

From the IAPA website:

The main action strategies of the Impunity Project are:

  • Education: through the dispatch of missions to problem locations and in resolutions and special petitions;
  • Investigation: through the investigative reporters of IAPA’s Rapid Response Unit;
  • Promotion: through a public advertising campaign in print and online media to shed light concerning impunity and demand justice;
  • Training: through seminars and conferences to help reporters reduce the risks to them in covering the news.

Initial posting at the blog site of the SPJ International Journalism Committee

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