Free the Press is campaign run by CPJ to raise awareness and take action around the cases of 10 journalists imprisoned on anti-state charges like terrorism charges. In its most recent prison census, CPJ found that 182 of 259 jailed journalists were serving sentences for anti-state charges. Since 2001, governments have repeatedly exploited national security laws to silence critical journalists covering sensitive issues such as insurgencies, political opposition, and ethnic minorities.
This campaign draws attention to this government tactic and calls on all governments to stop putting journalists behind bars using anti-state legislation. In particular, CPJ wants to see an end to the use of anti-terror legislation as a means of silencing the press. Journalists are not terrorists and they should not be treated as such.
From February to November 2017 CPJ will highlight the case of one journalist a month who is imprisoned on anti-state charges. Join the #FreeThePress campaign and help advocate for their release. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Tweet: Too many journalists are jailed on anti-state charges. Gov'ts should stop this silencing tactic & let journalists do their job #FreeThePress
Tweet: Ahmed Abba has been imprisoned for too long for his journalism. Cameroon should free Abba immediately #FreeThePress http://bit.ly/2iO91JM
Imprisoned July 30, 2015
Imprisoned July 25, 2016
Imprisoned October 10, 2016
Imprisoned November 2, 2015
Imprisoned August 16, 2016
Imprisoned February 18, 2015
Imprisoned August 14, 2013
Imprisoned September 29, 2015
Imprisoned October 31, 2016
Imprisoned December 2006
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.