Please read the statement and join us on: www.speak-up-for-assange.org
Please read the statement and join us on: www.speak-up-for-assange.org
05.01.2021. PEC press release. More than 600 journalists died of Covid-19 in 59 countries in ten months in 2020, that is to say 60 per month, or two per day on average, announced Tuesday in Geneva the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) // Plus de 600 journalistes sont morts du Covid-19 dans 59 pays en dix mois en 2020, soit 60 par mois, ou deux par jour en moyenne, a annoncé mardi à Genève la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) // Más de 600 periodistas murieron por la Covid-19 en 59 países en diez meses en 2020 (o sea 60 por mes, o dos por día), en promedio, anunció la Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) este martes // Comunicado de imprensa PEC: Mais de 600 jornalistas morreram de Covid-19 em dez meses em 2020.
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04.01.2020. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the decision of DJ Vanaissa Baraitser not to
extradite Julian Assange from the United Kingdom to the United States. But the fight goes on: he must be
freed for humanitarian reasons and the legal battle must end.
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In total, since January, 92 media workers have been killed in 31 countries around the world (up from 75 last year).
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list of victims and graphs on CASUALTIES
01.12.2020. Nearly 500 journalists have died from Covid-19 in 56 countries in nine months, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said in its monthly report on Tuesday. During the month of November, 47 more media workers succumbed to the coronavirus, compared to 22 known deaths in October // Casi 500 periodistas han muerto a causa de la Covid-19 en 56 países durante nueve meses, dijo el martes la Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC, por sus siglas en inglés) en su informe mensual sobre la cuestión. Durante el mes de noviembre, 47 trabajadores de los medios más sucumbieron al coronavirus, en comparación con las 22 muertes conocidas en octubre // Près de 500 journalistes sont morts du Covid-19 dans 56 pays en neuf mois, a affirmé mardi la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) dans son rapport mensuel. Au cours du mois de novembre, 47 travailleurs des medias de plus ont succombé au coronavirus, contre 22 décès connus en octobre.
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18.11.2020. Journalist Deaths from COVID-19 Rise Seven-Fold; Nearly 500 Dead Worldwide (Global Investigative Journalism Network).
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El Premio 2020 para la Protección de Periodistas otorgado a la periodista mexicana Carmen Aristegui
The PEC Award for the Protection of Journalists goes to Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui
Covid-19 continues to claim many victims among journalists. At least 442 media workers from 52 countries have died from the novel coronavirus since early March, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said Monday, on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. In addition, 63 journalists have been murdered since January in various circumstances, which brings the total number so far this year at more than 500 fatalities.
La Covid-19 continue de faire de nombreuses victimes parmi les journalistes. Au moins 442 travailleurs dans les médias de 52 pays sont morts des suites du nouveau coronavirus depuis début mars, a indiqué lundi la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC), à l’occasion de la Journée internationale pour mettre fin à l’impunité des crimes commis contre les journalistes. En outre, 63 journalistes ont été tués depuis janvier dans des circonstances variées, ce qui porte le total des victimes jusqu’ici cette année à plus de 500 morts.
El Covid-19 sigue cobrándose muchas víctimas entre los periodistas. Al menos 442 trabajadores de los medios de comunicación, de 52 países, han muerto por el nuevo coronavirus desde principios de marzo, dijo el lunes la Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC, por sus siglas en inglés.) con motivo del Día Internacional para Poner Fin a la Impunidad de los Crímenes contra Periodistas. Además, 63 periodistas han sido asesinados desde enero de 2020, en diversas circunstancias, lo que eleva la cifra total en lo que va del año, a más de 500 muertos.
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26.10.2020. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes a new regional contributor for India.
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21.10.2020. NO IMPUNITY. Two years after, Khashoggi fiancee sues MBS, Saudi officials in US over murder - Daphne Caruana Galizia: Fight to uncover the truth behind her murder continues three years on.
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06.10.2020. UNITED NATIONS. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the adoption by consensus by the Human Rights Council of a new resolution on the safety of journalists, in particular reporting on the pandemic. The PEC welcomes the decision to request the High Commissioner to present to the Human Rights Council in one year a report on the impact and repercussions of measures taken by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (photo: Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations Office at Geneva, president of the Council for 2020)
15.09.2020. PEC Press Release: Sharp increase in the number of victims of Covid 19 among journalists, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) appeals to the Human Rights Council // Communiqué de la PEC: Forte augmentation du nombre de victimes du Covid-19 parmi les journalistes – appel au Conseil des droits de l‘homme // Comunicado de prensa de la PEC: Fuerte aumento del número de víctimas del Covid-19 entre los periodistas - llamamiento al Consejo de Derechos Humanos
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01.07.2020. Coronavirus: The toll continues to increase. More than 186 journalists died from Covid-19 in four months in 35 countries // Plus de 186 journalistes sont morts du Covid-19 en quatre mois dans 35 pays // Más de 186 periodistas han muerto por el Covid-19 en cuatro meses en 35 países
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02.06.2020. Over 127 journalists died from coronavirus in three months in 31 countries - Latin America most affected // Plus de 127 journalistes sont morts du coronavirus en trois mois dans 31 pays - L'Amérique latine région la plus touchée // Más de 127 periodistas murieron por coronavirus en tres meses en 31 países - América Latina, el continente más afectado
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07.05.2020. Coronavirus. How does the PEC count journalists who died from coronavirus ? Interview of the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen published by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN): COVID-19’s Toll on Journalists: At Least 64 Dead in 24 Countries
(read the GIJN article on PEC NEWS)
20.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomed the joint statement issued by David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, and Edison Lanza, IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression calling on governments to promote and protect access to and free flow of information during COVID-19 pandemic.
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10.03.2020. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 43rd session. Item 4. Oral statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC): "Democracies are sending the wrong message and setting an unfortunate precedent by inflicting on Julian Assange severe mental suffering and psychological torture (…). As a journalist, Julian Assange has only done his job (…) Julian Assange like other journalists arbitrary detained around the world must be released as soon as possible".
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23.12.2019. Saudi Arabia sentences five to death for murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) regrets that the Saudi court had failed to bring the real perpetrators to justice. Masterminds walk free one more time.
Five men have been sentenced to death and another three face a total of 24 years in prison for their roles in the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. However, the investigation concluded “the killing was not premeditated …. The decision was taken at the spur of the moment,” the deputy public prosecutor and spokesperson Shalaan bin Rajih Shalaan said, reading the verdict in the Saudi capital on Monday. Three senior figures, including the de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s former top adviser, Saud al-Qahtani, were cleared of wrongdoing during the trial. The verdict contradicts the conclusion of the CIA and other western intelligence agencies that Prince Mohammed directly ordered Khashoggi’s assassination. Khashoggi, a US-based columnist for the Washington Post who was critical of the Saudi government, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October last year. The 59-year-old’s body has not been found and is thought by Turkish investigators to have been dissolved in acid. UN special rapporteur Agnès Callamard said in a tweet on Monday that the trial’s conclusion was a “mockery” and the “antithesis” of justice.
19.12.2019. DEMO IN GENEVA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) demands the immediate release of Julian Assange
"Assange and WikiLeaks have documented serious violations of humanitarian law in Afghanistan and Iraq. To enforce the law, it is necessary to make known the abuses. Assange did only his job of journalist, he must be freed on humanitarian grounds", PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen said at the demo in Geneva in front of the UN building.
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19.12.2019. PHILIPPINES. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the verdict delivered on Ampatuan massacre after ten years. The masterminds behind the killing of 58 people, including 32 media workers, were found guilty of murder on December 19. On November 23, 2009, the single deadliest attack on journalists in history occurred when a political convoy was attacked in the southern province of Maguindanao. The PEC commends the efforts of many who have persisted in a very critical fight for justice. The families of the victims received in 2010 the PEC Award for the Protection of Journalists.
Read more on our page NO IMPUNITY
13.12. 2019. PEC annual report: 75 media workers killed in 2019 a decrease of 36 percent // Rapport annuel de la PEC: 75 journalistes tués en 2019, en baisse de 36% // Informe anual de la PEC: 75 periodistas asesinados en 2019, en baja del 36% // PEC relatório anual: 75 profissionais de mídia mortos em 2019, uma diminuição de 36 por cento
Read on PEC NEWS the PEC statement in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic, go to casualties for the list of journalists killed
06.12.2019. Speak Up for Assange. Julian Assange (photo), founder and publisher of WikiLeaks, is currently detained in Belmarsh high-security prison in the United Kingdom and faces extradition to the United States and criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act. He risks up to 175 years emprisonment for his part in making public the leak of US military documents from Afghanistan and Iraq, and a trove of US State Department cables. The legal action underway against Mr Assange sets an extremely dangerous precedent for journalists, media organizations and the freedom of the press. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins today an appeal launched by more than 120 journalists and journalistic organizations around the globe, expressing our grave concern for Mr Assange's wellbeing, for his continued detention and for the draconian espionage charges. In a democracy, journalists must reveal war crimes in conflict zones without having to go to jail. It is the very role of the press to act in the public interest. The PEC requests that Assange be released on medical and humanitarian grounds.
Read the statement on PEC NEWS - To sign go to: speak-up-for-assange.org
02.12.2019. MALTA. A TRIPLE VICTORY. Finally after two years of stalled investigations the hope of justice gets closer. Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced on Sunday that he will step down in January, following mounting criticism of his response to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia (photo). It comes as Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech was on Saturday charged with complicity in the murder case. "What we now expect is for the Prime Minister to leave office and Parliament, and to be properly investigated along with Keith Schembri (his chief of staff) for their possible involvement in Daphne's assassination", the journalist's sister Corinne Vella told the Malta Independent. She added on Twitter: "Until he resigns, we will use all legal remedies to ensure Muscat has no further involvement in the investigation and criminal proceedings, other than a possible suspect".
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes this progress. "It is a triple victory: for the family who fought for justice with determination and courage in an exemplary manner during more than two years; a victory for numerous NGOs, journalists, the people of Malta and the European institutions who mobilized so that a credible investigation takes place; and a victory in the fight against impunity. It demonstrates that with perseverance and mobilization no crime can go unpunished", stressed the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen. The family of Daphne Caruana Galizia received in June 2018 the PEC Award for the protection of journalists.
26.11.2019. UNITED NATIONS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes a new resolution adopted last week by the General Assembly on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. The resolution adopted by consensus was sponsored by 106 States, a record number. It is the 11th resolution on the safety of journalists adopted since 2006 by the United Nations. The PEC calls upon all Member States to fully implement the new resolution.
Read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS, the text of the new UN resolution on DOCUMENTS
20.11.2019. MALTA. A major step forward in the fight against impunity? The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the arrest in Malta of a potential mastermind behind the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The Geneva-based NGO regrets that it took more than two years to make this arrest, hopes a quick investigation on all aspects of this crime as well as a fair trial of all those responsible. A prominent businessman Yorgen Fenech (photo) was arrested on Wednesday as he tried to leave the island, a day after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat offered to pardon a suspected middleman in the murder if he provided evidence of who was behind the killing of the Maltese journalist.
16.11.2019. MALTA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the revised terms of the public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, in particular the fact that her family can be involved in proceedings. The PEC, alongside the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, have long called for an independent and effective public inquiry into her assassination, which took place in Malta on 16 October 2017. The PEC will continue to closely monitor the progress of the Board of Inquiry, an important test to combat the impunity of crimes against journalists in Europe.
Read more on our page NO IMPUNITY
1.11.2019. IRAQ. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. Universal periodic review. On the occasion of the UPR 34 review of Iraq by the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns attacks and arrests of journalists while violent unrest continues.
PEC expresses concern over the upsurge in attacks on media outlets and calls on authorities to ensure the safety of all journalists reporting on protests. Unprecedented violations have occurred and must stop, among them attacks on several journalists by riot police, numerous arrests of reporters, raids on radio and TV broadcasters, several death threats against reporters, the firing of live bullets and tear gas towards journalists, and numerous cases of beatings and obstruction by police. On October 25 Hisham Waseem correspondent of Alsumaria (photo) was seriously injured in the face after the explosion of a tear gas canister in it. The PEC calls on UN Member States to condemn the ongoing violence which has already killed more than 300 people.
05.11.2019. GENEVA PEACE WEEK. Interview published by the Foundation ict4peace of the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen (photo) author of: “Guerre et Paix dans le Cyberespace – Les démocraties à l’épreuve de la révolution numérique” (Georg, 2019).
"I sound an alarm in the face of the emergence of a new form of totalitarianism, a soft or high-tech totalitarianism, which is a threat to peace and freedom. China, Russia, Iran, Turkey and many other countries in Asia and Africa are censoring the Internet and social networks to the detriment of privacy, freedom of expression and association. These countries use the arsenal of cyber warfare to influence public opinion, including in democracies. This digital counter-revolution aims to stifle the emancipatory power of social networks. Orwell’s prophecies have come true...but we can react and we must react", said Blaise Lempen to ict4peace on the occasion of the Geneva Peace Week.
Read the full interview on PEC NEWS
31.10.2019. International Day to Combat Impunity for crimes committed against journalists November 2 // Journée internationale de la fin de l'impunité pour les crimes commis contre des journalistes le 2 novembre // Día internacional para poner fin a la impunidad por crímenes contra periodistas el 2 de noviembre
PEC Press release: Fewer journalists killed, but media workers targeted in demonstrations in several countries, and insufficient progress in the fight against impunity // Communiqué de la PEC: moins de journalistes tués, mais des reporters visés lors de manifestations dans plusieurs pays, et des progrès insuffisants contre l'impunité // Comunicado de prensa de la PEC: menos periodistas asesinados, pero reporteros atacados durante protestas en varios paises y progreso insuficiente contra la impunidad.
read the PEC press release English, French, Spanish, Arabic on PEC NEWS - consult also our page NO IMPUNITY
14.10.2019. MALTA. JUSTICE FOR DAPHNE. NEVER AGAIN IN THE EUROPEAN UNION. Wednesday 16 October marks two years since the brutal assassination of Malta’s investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) reiterated its call to the Maltese authorities to prosecute all those involved in planning and carrying the attack.
Although three men have been formally charged with her murder, those who ordered her killing remain at large. The Maltese authorities’ recent announcement to launch a public enquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia is a long overdue and essential step towards justice. The PEC supports the Caruana Galizia family’s call to ensure the full independence and impartiality of the inquiry. The Geneva-based NGO renews its congratulations for his exemplary courage to the family of Daphne who has received in June 2018 the PEC Award for the protection of journalists. In this regard, the PEC welcomes the statement of the new commissioner tasked with defending democracy and the rule of law in the European Union Vera Jourova on Monday 7 October telling MEPs at her hearing that "we definitely must do more" on media freedom "and support journalists whose safety is under threat". Jourova told MEPs she had promised the mother of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia to scrutinise the investigation into her death and promised her son Matthew (photo with his brother Paul) to better protect journalists. NO IMPUNITY ! NEVER AGAIN SUCH A CRIME IN THE EUROPEAN UNION !
02.10.2019. KHASHOGGI. ONE YEAR AFTER. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is grateful to UN Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard and UK media freedom envoy Amal Clooney for recommending a UN Standing Instrument to investigate killings of journalists.
In an interview published by The Guardian, Amal Clooney (photo) said that a “glaring gap” exists in the world’s ability to investigate targeted state killings of human rights defenders and journalists such as Jamal Khashoggi. The international human rights lawyer also said she expected a specialist legal panel, set up by the UK government and due to report soon, to champion a new standing UN investigatory mechanism into such killings. The UN Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard has herself called for such a mechanism, saying there is “a large accountability deficit”. The PEC has repeatedly called on the United Nations to establish such an international mechanism, to fill the gaps in prevention, protection and prosecution.
01.10.2019. KHASHOGGI. ONE YEAR AFTER. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins other organizations for a moment of unsilence one year after the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. It is important that the whole truth be established and accountability be achieved. Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018. Agents of the Saudi government killed the journalist inside the consulate and apparently dismembered his body, which has never been found. Saudi Arabia has charged 11 people in the slaying and put them on trial, which has been held in secret. As of yet, no one has been convicted. A U.N. report by the Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard asserted that Saudi Arabia bore responsibility for the killing and said Prince Mohammed’s possible role in it should be investigated. Speaking to the US network CBS on its 60 Minutes programme aired on Sunday, Prince Mohammed bin Salman MBS said: "Absolutely not," when asked if he ordered the killing. But he said he took full responsibility, "since it was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government". "This was a mistake. And I must take all actions to avoid such a thing in the future," MBS said of the killing, which he finally called "heinous". The PEC says no to barbaric practices, no to impunity. We call on the international community to ensure that all perpetrators of the crime are identified and prosecuted in a fair trial and to guarantee freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia.
22.09.2019. MALTA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the launch by the Maltese authorities of a public inquiry into the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia (photo), killed on 16 October 2017. "It's coming late, but it is an important step in the fight against impunity and a texbook case for Europe", said the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen. He added that the public inquiry must be truly independent, impartial and have the truth of all parties, including the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The PEC called repeatedly for a public investigation to find out who ordered the killing, and if it had been possible to prevent it. The PEC donated its annual award in 2018 to Daphne's family and it once again salutes the courage and determination of Daphne's family in their struggle to make all the clarity on this crime. The PEC will follow up the inquiry which is expected to be concluded within nine months (read more on the terms of reference on our page NO IMPUNITY).
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has today in Geneva handed over the award to its Executive Director Ahmad Quraishi. "Afghanistan is at a crossroad. Freeedom of the press is at stake. Terrorist groups are a constant threat to civilians and journalists", said the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen at the PEC Award press conference at the Geneva Press Club. "The AFJC works to defend rights of Afghan journalists, the safety of journalists in a very dangerous conflict zone and to ensure freedom of the press and freedom of expression in Afghanistan. They deserve our support", he added. Ahmad Quraishi thanks the PEC for honoring the AFJC. "Taliban, IS (Islamic State group) and constant abuses by warlords, drug mafia and corrupt officials constitute a permanent threat and fear to journalists, the media, and in general freedom of expression/press in Afghanistan", said the AFJC Executive Director. He confided his fear that "we may go back to the dark era experienced under the Taliban". He called upon the international community who supported the Afghan young democracy in the past two decades to uphold the values gained .
Ahmad Quraishi Director of the Afghanistan Journalists Center, receiving the PEC Award 2019 from the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen, with His Excellency Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations Nasir Andisha (photo pec)
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17.09.2019. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 42nd session. Oral statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) item 4. The PEC worried by the restrictions imposed on the media under the lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
16.09.2019. AFGHANISTAN AT THE CROSSROAD. FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AT STAKE. PEC AWARD 2019: INVITATION TO A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE GENEVA PRESS CLUB
The Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) has been chosen this year to receive the PEC annual award. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) will handed over the award to his Executive Director Ahmad Quraishi (photo) on Thursday September 19, 2019.
Invitation to a press conference with:
His Excellency Nasir Andisha Afghan Ambassador to the UN in Geneva
Ahmad Quraishi director of the Afghanistan Journalists Center in Kabul
Caroline Trautweiler Deputy Regional coordinator South Asia Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Blaise Lempen Secretary-General of the Press Emblem Campaign
Thursday 19 September at 2.30pm - Swiss Press Club, Geneva
Afghanistan is at the crossroad. Democracy and freedom of the press are threatened. Terrorist groups have killed 17 journalists last year and 7 more this year. The director of the Afghan Journalists Center Ahmad Quraishi is in Geneva to receive the PEC annual award for the protection of journalists and will give his testimony. His Excellency Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations Nasir Andisha will analyze the political situation at a critical moment: the United States want to withdraw their troops but negociations with the Talibans are deadlocked.