IWMF Urgently Calls on Danish Police to Find Missing Journalist Kim Wall

[WASHINGTON, DC, 8/12/17]: The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is enormously concerned about the disappearance of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, a beloved member of the IWMF community, and is calling on Danish authorities to make all resources available and expedite their efforts to find her.

Kim Wall Headshot

Kim Wall

Wall was covering a story about the Nautilus submarine and its owner Peter Madsen when the submarine sank in waters south of Copenhagen, Denmark. Details are still unfolding. Authorities charged Madsen with Wall’s murder shortly after he was rescued. According to news reports, Madsen has denied any foul play and stated he dropped Wall off back in Copenhagen before the Nautilus sank, but she remains unaccounted for.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kim’s family, friends and colleagues during this heart-wrenching time,” said Elisa Lees Muñoz, executive director of the IWMF. “We ask that the Danish authorities urgently make every effort to locate Kim and provide everyone who loves her with more information. The global press freedom community is united in standing with Kim, her family and colleagues.”

In a statement to Swedish paper Aftonbladet, her family said: “It is with great dismay we received the message that Kim is missing. We believe and sincerely hope she will be found safe and well.”

Anyone with further details about Kim Wall’s whereabouts is urged to immediately contact Danish authorities.

About the IWMF

Since 1990, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has worked to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. We seek to ensure that women journalists worldwide are fully supported, protected, recognized and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media. As a result, consumers will increase their demand for news with a diversity of voices, stories and perspectives as a cornerstone of democracy and free expression. Through our programs and grants, we empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry.