25th August 2020

Online Seminar via Zoom

Online Seminar via Zoom

#JusticeforChris: Ending Impunity for the Killings of Journalists

Doughty Street Chambers, Howard Kennedy LLP, and Reporters Without Borders invite you to an online event to renew calls for justice for journalist Christopher Allen on the eve of the third anniversary of his killing on Tuesday, 25th August at 8 am EST / 1 pm BST / 10 pm AEST.

Christopher Allen was a 26 year-old British-American freelance journalist killed by members of the South Sudanese armed forces on 26 August 2017 whilst covering the civil conflict in South Sudan. Christopher was a talented freelance journalist who had worked for and had been published by multiple newspapers and media organisations, including Al Jazeera, The Telegraph, Vice News, The Toronto Star and The Independent.

Three years on, there has still been no justice, and no official investigation into the killers or the circumstances of his killing by the South Sudanese authorities, or by any other law enforcement agency. The limited investigations which have been conducted (by the family, fellow journalists, lawyers and NGOs) have given rise to the strong suspicion that war crimes were committed both in the killing of Christopher and in the treatment of his body after death. Christopher is one of at least 10 journalists who were killed with impunity in South Sudan during the civil war that broke out in December 2013.

Join us for a discussion about the campaign for #JusticeforChris, the broader human rights situation in South Sudan, and the need to end impunity for the killings of journalists globally. Spaces are free but registration is essential.

Speakers include:

Dr Agnès Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. She is the Director of Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression, and has a distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work globally, in civil society organisations, the United Nations and in academia.

Joyce Krajian, the mother of Christopher Allen, and has been campaigning for justice for her son since he was killed reporting on the civil conflict in South Sudan on 26 August 2017.

Mark Stephens CBE, a British lawyer specialising in media law, intellectual property rights and human rights. He heads the international and media department at the London-based firm Howard Kennedy LLP.

Nyadol Nyuon, a lawyer, writer, and human rights advocate. She currently lives in Australia but is of South Sudanese descent. Nyadol's father is commander Willima Nyuon, who was a founding member of the South Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army. Nyuon was killed in 1996.

Rebecca Vincent, the Director of International Campaigns at Reporters Without Borders, known internationally as Reporters sans frontières (RSF), which works to promote and defend press freedom around the world.

To register for this event, please click here.