#MissingNotForgotten: What’s the fate of disappeared journalists?
Global campaign demands answers on fate of missing reporters and media workers.
On Monday, September 7 at 19:30 GMT:
Many reporters around the world face threats, intimidation and even physical attacks while on the job. But, in some cases, journalists have gone missing with little indication as to their whereabouts.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 64 journalists are missing globally. It is now leading the #MissingNotForgotten campaign to highlight the cases of these journalists and pressure authorities to investigate their disappearance and provide families with answers, especially in the time of COVID-19.
Many of the missing reporters were working in Syria and Iraq. Since 2011, at least 137 journalists have been killed in Syria, while at least 189 have been killed in Iraq since 2003. Many more journalists and media workers have been forced into exile. Syria has the highest number of missing foreign journalists in the world.
The disappearances are not just confined to war zones and crime beats. Other cases highlighted by the CPJ include that of Haitian freelance photojournalist Vladjimir Legagneur, who was last seen by his wife in 2018 when he left the family home in Port-au-Prince. Daysi Lizeth Mina Huaman was last seen waiting for a bus in January, on her way to meet her boyfriend in the Peruvian city of Ayacucho.
We will speak to the CPJ about their efforts to get answers about journalists missing around the world. We will also hear from family members who are desperate for answers.
On this episode of The Stream, we are joined by:
Ahmed Najm, @Ahmed_Najm2
Managing director of Metrography Agency, and brother of missing journalist Kamaran Najm
Sherif Mansour, @sherifmnsour and @cpjmena
Middle East Programme co-ordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Pierre Emmanuel, @pierremmanuel
Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana missing for 1,500 days – Al Jazeera
Missing journalist found murdered in Mexico’s south – Al Jazeera