MADA: â€œholding perpetrators accountable is important to guarantee media freedomsâ€
Ramallah â€“ 23rd November 2013: Today is the Internationals Day to End Impunity, the Impunity of those who attack freedom of expression, and on this day the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) expresses the concern from the increasing violations against this Human Right in Occupied Palestine by the Israeli Occupation Forces, and since 2000 the IOF killed 22 journalists, in addition to other outrages attacks on journalists, and with no one held accountable for the crimes Israelâ€™s authority feels free to continue its violations.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian violations against media freedoms have declined during the past two years, yet MADA reassures that to guarantee these freedoms we must hold the perpetrators accountable.
MADA had launched a campaign in the â€œInternational Day to End Impunityâ€ this month for the third year in a row, under the theme â€œyes to holding freedom of expression offenders accountableâ€ with the support from the Ramallah UNESCO office.
The campaign aims to support those who were abused for expressing their views by perpetrators who were not held accountable; it also aims to raise awareness about the importance of holding freedom of expression offenders accountable, as a prerequisite to reduce these crimes. MADA focused during the campaign on the violations committed against journalists in Palestine, and displayed real lifetime stories about impunity; in addition MADA produced a short clip, and a media campaign.
It is noteworthy that the International network for Freedom of Expression (IFEX), has decided at its General Meeting in 2011 to announce November 23rd of each year as the International Day to end impunity, which marks the anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre in 2009, where 58 people were killed, including 32 journalists in the Philippines, and those responsible for the massacre have not hold accountable until this day. This day is devoted to demand justice for those who have been targeted for exercising their right to freedom of expression, and to shed light on the issue of impunity.
On this day MADA demands for the freedom of expression offenders and perpetrators against media freedoms to be held accountable in Palestine and the world, so we can put an end to their crimes. Join us and help the victims by taking the necessary actions to ensure their protection.
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