Can International Justice Tribune Die? No!

Answer: No!

Dear readers,

I wanted to alert you to rather sad news. Many of you will already be aware that RNW – International Justice Tribune, an indispensable and widely respected resource for global and transitional justice news will no longer be published at Radio Netherlands Worldwide. According to IJT,

“It is with much regret that we announce that Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) has decided to stop publishing the International Justice Tribune (IJT).

This sad decision was issued in the context of massive budgetary cuts faced by RNW on June 22. All future activities at RNW will be solely focused on young audiences in countries where free speech is under threat.”

The loss of IJT would be monstrous for those of us interested in international justice. In response, IJT has launched a campaign to save the Tribune. I encourage all JiC readers to sign their petition. The campaign is called “Can IJT Die?” The answer is an obvious and emphatic “no!” Here’s more:

We believe this coverage is both essential and complementary to the work of our core readership, composed of researchers, lawyers, journalists, political decision makers and human rights activists at national and international levels. We believe a rigorous and independent specialised newspaper is not only useful, but a condition for the healthy development of international justice. The steady increase in IJT’s readership over the years is proof of the needs it fulfils.

We believe that a free specialised press is essential to the main actors in the area of international justice both here and in the affected countries.

For these reasons we, the IJT’s editors, are now committed to seeking an imminent and sustainable solution for this non-costly project to survive in its present form.

We would like to respectfully ask you to fill in our online petition and send us reasonable suggestions on urgent or long-term financial support.

Sign the petition and help save IJT!

About Mark Kersten

Mark Kersten is a consultant at the Wayamo Foundation, a Senior Researcher at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and a law student at McGill University Law School. He is also author of the book, 'Justice in Conflict - The Effects of the International Criminal Court's Interventions on Ending Wars and Building Peace' (Oxford University Press, 2016).
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2 Responses to Can International Justice Tribune Die? No!

  1. Andrew says:

    Very sad. Reminds me of the Hague Justice Portal that stopped running at the end of 2011. I have added my name to the petition. The work of IJT is great, to say the least. Thanks for spreading the news and I hope our voices count.

  2. Mark Kersten says:

    That’s great Andrew! I wholeheartedly join you in hoping our voices count and that the campaign to save IJT is ultimately successful.

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