International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists
CENOZO calls for the creation of a safe environment for journalists
Ouagadougou, 02 November 2023: Today, the world commemorates the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. On this occasion, the Norbert Zongo Unit for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO) joins the international community in paying tribute to journalists who have paid the ultimate price in the exercise of their profession.
The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists has been established as a reminder of the crucial importance of press freedom and the safety of journalists. It is an ideal opportunity to raise public awareness of the violence suffered by journalists around the world. In West Africa, the most emblematic case is that of journalist Norbert Zongo, brutally murdered on 13 December 1998. 25 years on, the courts have still not shed any light on this heinous crime.
On this day of commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, CENOZO pays tribute to the memory of our colleagues who have lost their lives or been victims of violence in their efforts to inform the public and expose the truth. At a time when attacks on journalists and the media continue, we renew our commitment to promoting investigative journalism, defending press freedom and supporting journalists in the exercise of their profession.
We call on governments, institutions and civil society to work to create a safe environment for journalists, to end impunity for crimes committed against journalists and to preserve people’s right to information. We remain determined to play an active role in this effort and to honour the memory of those who have sacrificed their lives for truth and justice.
The Norbert Zongo Unit for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO) is a network of investigative journalists in West Africa. Its mission is to promote quality, high-impact journalism in West Africa through capacity-building for journalists, the development and publication of investigations, support for journalists at risk, networking and advocacy.
CENOZO brings together more than 90 investigative journalists from 16 West African countries. It works to strengthen the professional skills and safety of journalists while promoting transparency, good governance and accountability.