Enforced disappearance is a crime that thrives in contexts where there is a lack of public scrutiny of the government and its actions. Journalists can play an important role in uncovering the truth about enforced disappearances and preventing the crime from taking place by raising public awareness of the practice. Accurate reporting can also help advance steps to hold perpetrators accountable and deliver justice to victims.
However, reporting on enforced disappearances is often challenging and doing so can put victims and journalists at risk of reprisals. This ‘Q&A for Journalists Covering Enforced Disappearances in Africa’ aims to help journalists overcome these challenges and offers guidance on how to mitigate the risks to victims and their families, and themselves.
This Q&A is part of a joint project by Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL), Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), REDRESS, MENA Rights and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) aiming to end enforced disappearances in Africa.