OSSIGENO October 31st 2020 – The English edition of the website www.giornalistiuccisi.it has arrived – celebrating the UN International Day on Freedom of the Press in memory of 1200 murdered reporters
Ossigeno per l’Informazione celebrates the UN International Day to put an end to impunity for crimes against journalists (IDEI) with two initiatives: the publication of a special 24-page dossier entitled “Wars, journalists killed and impunity”, firstly to recount the life and death of the photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and the trial underway in Milan to ascertain the responsibility for his killing in Ukraine in 2014, during the clashes in Donbass; and secondly the English version of the free access online archive “They sought the truth” www.giornalistiuccisi.it which tells the stories of 30 Italian journalists who were murdered to prevent them from revealing uncomfortable truths.
THE DOSSIER – “Wars, journalists killed and impunity” is the title of the document published in Italian and English which will be accessible from November 1st on the website www.ossigeno.info. It contains the summaries and reports of the hearings of the criminal trial where an Italian, who in 2014 had enrolled as a volunteer in the Ukrainian National Guard, was sentenced to 24 years in prison. The dossier also contains an analysis of the problem of impunity for killing reporters in war zones and crisis areas.
CERCAVANO LA VERITA (THEY SOUGHT THE TRUTH) – The online archive that – together with the stories of 30 Italian journalists killed while searching for the truth – allows you to consult documents and testimonies and to retrace the paths of justice for each of them, was inaugurated by Ossigeno on May 3rd 2020 and aroused much interest even outside Italy. Therefore, from November 1st 2020 the English language version will also be available.
1200 JOURNALISTS KILLED – On the occasion of this anniversary, UNESCO has recalled that in the last fourteen years (2006-2019), almost 1,200 journalists have been killed for the simple fact of having sought news and reporting it to the public. UNESCO underlines that on average, therefore, a journalist was killed every four days. In nine out of ten cases, the killers went unpunished. Impunity, adds the United Nations Agency, leads to more killings and is often a symptom of crisis, of non-application of the law and malfunctioning of the judicial systems. UNESCO fears that impunity could harm the whole of society, obscuring serious violations of human rights, corruption and crime. Governments, civil society, the media and all those interested in supporting the rule of law are therefore invited to join global efforts to end impunity.