Free Press Unlimited, Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists have established a People's Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists to investigate and hold governments accountable. The Tribunal, a form of grassroots justice, relies on investigations and high quality legal analysis involving specific cases in three countries.
The opening hearing, convened in The Hague, will introduce impunity for the murders of journalists as a systemic issue. The Prosecution will hear witnesses and present evidence on global developments, the role of states, and the impact of impunity on journalists and people’s right to information.
Witnesses will include: Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered in October 2018, Pavla Holcová, a colleague of Slovak journalist Jàn Kuciak who was murdered in January 2018, and Matthew Caruana Galizia, son of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered in October 2017. A keynote address will be delivered by Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws QC, member of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom.
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