As part of the Free the Press campaign, this month we focus on Ahmed Abba, a Cameroonian correspondent for Radio France Internationale (RFI). Abba is charged with complicity in acts of terrorism and failure to denounce acts of terrorism. His trial began only in February 2016, and has been postponed 13 times since. He is scheduled to appear in court again on February 23, 2017. Learn more about Abba.
Join CPJ in calling for Abba’s immediate release from prison in Cameroon, where the government has recently increased attacks on the press in response to protests and labor strikes.
Never have so many different types of journalists reported the news on so many different platforms. Yet no matter the form of journalism—from investigative to beat reporting, foreign correspondence to domestic coverage, blogging to photojournalism— thorough preparation is the starting point.
Technology enables unprecedented access to information and empowers acts of journalism in even the most repressive environments. It also proses new threats to journalists everywhere.
Murder is the ultimate form of censorship. Hundreds of journalists are murdered but the killers go free in nine out of 10 cases. CPJ is waging a global campaign to combat impunity. Raise your voice. Speak out for justice.
Freedom of expression in all its forms and manifestations is a fundamental and inalienable right of all individuals. Additionally, it is an indispensable requirement for the very existence of a democratic society.
Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool was arrested in Turkey alongside Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, two British journalists from VICE News. But whereas Hanrahan and Pendlebury were released a week later, Rasool is still behind bars. Sign the petition calling on Turkish authorities to #FreeRasool.
When journalists believe they might be targeted by government hackers, pulled into a criminal investigation, or searched and interrogated about their work at the U.S. border, their ability to inform the public erodes. If journalists cannot communicate in confidence with sources, they cannot do their jobs.
Freedom of expression and access to information play a crucial role in good governance, transparency, and accountability--and these in turn are pillars of sustainable development.
Do you believe the free flow of information must be protected? Sign the #RightToReport petition and demand that President Obama immediately:
1. Issue a presidential policy directive prohibiting the hacking and surveillance of journalists and media organizations.
2. Limit aggressive prosecutions that ensnare journalists and intimidate whistleblowers.
3. Prevent the harassment of journalists at the U.S. border.
Or click here to see the full petition, and join leading journalists like Christiane Amanpour, The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger, Editor of the AP Kathleen Carroll, and Arianna Huffington in signing on.