Tuesday, August 19, 2008
We are sorry to report that the International Justice Tribune is shutting down its operations permanently. Here is a message just received from them, explaining the reasons. We thank the IJT for the years in which it flourished, and we are sorry to see them go.
Dear readers and subscribers,
This past May, International Justice Tribune (IJT) had to suspend publication due to health difficulties its editor was experiencing. In early July, this suspension had to be extended. Unfortunately, despite his continued improvement, it has become clear that Thierry Cruvellier will no longer be able to perform his duties as editor.
On August 10, 2008 in Paris, a general meeting of the journal was held. After three months of suspending IJT which resulted in insolvency, a decision was made to stop publishing the journal and dissolve its publishing company, Justice Memo. It is with much regret and sadness that we therefore announce the definitive closing of the International Justice Tribune.
Since its creation in 2004, IJT has truly functioned thanks to the non-paid work of its publisher, Franck Petit, and its editor. Valuing its independence, IJT was only financed through its sales and subscriptions. The continual increase in these funds made it possible for us to cover the costs of the journal’s 30 correspondents around the world, the translation and the web site. However, it was never enough to make it possible to pay its two primary organizers. IJT was therefore always a fragile enterprise, founded on the commitment and passion of its two executive leaders and the support of the small group of shareholders of Justice Memo. In the face of these unexpected events, this fragility proved to be fatal, as the journal is unable to recruit a competent editor in such a specialized field, in which so few journalists have invested, especially without being able to offer pay.
We are obviously heartbroken and disappointed to have to draw to a close this journal, through which we hoped to provide a critical and analytical, global perspective that was both specialized and clear regarding the legal and paralegal initiatives engaged in the world against crimes against humanity and war crimes.
We would like to sincerely thank you for your unparalleled faithfulness over the years that gave IJT a subscription renewal rate of more than 80%. We would also like to express our deep gratitude for the many messages of support we received after our unexpected suspension. We are currently looking at how the IJT archives, which were ceded to the association Réseau Intermedia, might will remain available to you permanently and convenientlyat the best price. We will, of course, keep you updated regarding the solution that we find to this issue.
Thank you again for your understanding and your support.
With our deepest regret and kindest regards,
International Justice TRIBUNE
Justice Memo SARL
94 rue de Lévis
75017 Paris - France