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Debate on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

October 27, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us for a debate on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI) to discuss how this matters to all of us also here in Brussels and in Europe.

When: Thursday 27 October 2016, 12h30 – 14h30

Location: Press Club Brussels Europe (PCBE), Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels

Over 800 journalists were killed in the past 10 years in the world. In nearly all these cases their killers have never been brought to justice.

To put an end to this, a 2013 resolution of the UN General Assembly on Safety of Journalists proclaimed November 2nd each year the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI). The date was chosen to commemorate the death of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, two French radio journalists killed by rebel fighters in Mali on 2.11.2013.

The Press Club Brussels Europe, together with the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) in Belgium and the Italian NGO Ossigeno per l’Informazione, who monitors thousands of cases of threatened journalists in Italy, will organize this event to alert professional and political authorities in Europe to this serious issue and to seek suitable responses to the dangers journalists face in their daily work.

The event will consist of two sessions:

12.30-1.30 – The geography of violence perpetrated against journalists.

  • Opening remarks: William Horsley, Chairman of the AEJ in the UK
  • Erisa Zykaj, Albanian journalist, Brussels correspondent of ABCNEWS TV.
  • Pieter Stockmans, Belgian journalist at MO magazine and co-author of “De Jihadkaravan”

1.30-2.30 – The situation in Italy and the work of “Ossigeno per l’Informazione” (Oxygen for Information).

  • Opening remarks: Ricardo Gutiérrez, Sec. Gen. of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  • Alberto Spampinato, journalist and founder of “Ossigeno” which has uncovered thousands of cases in Italy in which media workers have become victims of intimidation, threats and physical or legal abuse. His brother Giovanni Spampinato was killed on October 27th 1972 because of his work as a journalist
  • Sarah Vantorre, a Belgian researcher whose doctoral dissertation in Italian studies focused on the work of Sicilian journalist and intellectual Giuseppe Fava, who was also murdered because of his work.


This event has the support of several international media organizations, including the European Federation of Journalists.

Contact: AEJ in Belgium – Ossigeno per l’informazione – Press Club Brussels Europe.

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October 27, 2016
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Press Club Brussels Europe – Association of European Journalists – Ossigeno per l’Informazione


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