09th July 2019


54 Doughty Street
020 7404 1313

Last year, at least 80 journalists around the world were killed in connection with their work. Many were deliberately targeted and murdered simply for doing their jobs. RSF reports that journalists have never been subjected to as much violence and abusive treatment as they were in 2018. One of those killed was Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, brutally killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. This year has already seen a journalist killed in the UK: Lyra McKee, shot while reporting in Northern Ireland.   

We will be joined by Agnès Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, to discuss her work investigating Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination and accountability for those who kill journalists. Paul Caruana Galizia, son of the award-winning journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, will discuss his family’s fight to secure justice for their mother and the difficulties they face in doing so in Malta, a European country. We will also be joined by other bereaved family members of journalists who have been killed and a range of experts to discuss what should be done to secure accountability and protect press freedom.  


9.15 – 9.30 | Registration and refreshments


9.30 | Welcome from the Chair (Mark Stephens CBE, Howard Kennedy LLP)


9.35 – 10.10 | The case of Jamal Khashoggi

  • Agnès Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

  • The case of Daphne Caruana Galizia (Paul Caruana Galizia, Journalist, Tortoise, and son of Daphne Caruana Galizia)

  • Accountability mechanisms for journalist murders and impunity (Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Doughty Street Chambers)


10.10 – 10.45 | Panel Discussion with speakers and panellists:

  • Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau Director, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

  • Tony Murphy, Bhatt Murphy Solicitors

  • Simon Spanswick, CEO, Association of International Broadcasters

  • Jennifer Robinson, Doughty Street Chambers


10.45 – 11 | Conclusions and closing remarks


This is an invitation only event, any general or press enquires, please contact events@doughtystreet.co.uk.