’End impunity for those who kill journalists’ – Italy unites with jazz

by Jane Whyatt and Alberto Spampinato

Just one week after Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in Malta, the media freedom community, with United Nations backing, is meeting in Rome to call for an end to impunity for those who murder journalists. With music.

Jazz Ossigeno "End impunity for crimes against journalists"

In a prestigious, high-powered event at the Senate building in Rome, ECPMF’s partner organisation Ossigeno per l’informazione brings together journalists and students for an accredited training workshop about how and why reporters are killed - just for doing their job. Journalists who have signed up for in-service training with the Ordini dei Giornalisti journalists’ association will receive eight credits for attending the workshop and its follow-up event on 30th October.

Ossigeno has created and circulated a Memory Wall Panel showing the faces of 28 Italian journalists who have been killed in recent years. And to mark the launch of this year’s action on the United Nations Day to End Impunity for those who kill journalists, Ossigeno has commissioned a special piece of music. Called “Hegoes seeking freedom“, after a line from the "Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri, the instrumental composition gets its world premiere on 23rd October at the start of the conference. You can hear it here:

It was composed by pianist Vittorio Mezza and is accompanied on the saxophone by Gianluca Lusi. Accepting a suggestion from UNESCO, Ossigeno encouraged musicians to compose and perform this hymn and make it available to all initiatives in defence of freedom of expression, press, and opinion.

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