CPJ Advocacy


Ahmed Abba

Imprisoned since July 30, 2015, on anti-state charges

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.

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Free the Press is a campaign run by CPJ to raise awareness and take action around the cases of 10 journalists imprisoned on anti-state charges like terrorism. Take action and learn more.


Freelancer Safety

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 Program

Technology Program

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.

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Past Campaigns


Critics Not Criminals

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.

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Press Uncuffed

Journalists are being imprisoned in record numbers as authorities seek to silence and retaliate against critical voices. We must act together to change this. If a journalist somewhere still wears a cuff, so will we. Get yours here.


Free Rasool

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.


Press Freedom for Development

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.