Press Uncuffed is a campaign CPJ ran in partnership with students from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2015 and early 2016 to raise awareness of imprisoned journalists and to call for their release. The students, led by Knight chair in public affairs journalism and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest, won the Do Good Challenge for their work on the campaign, which including them designing, producing, and selling bracelets bearing the names of imprisoned journalists. The students also ran an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to raise money to produce the bracelets.
Over the course of the campaign, seven of the 13 journalists featured in it were released from prison. You can read their stories below.
For information on journalists imprisoned around the world, see CPJ's annual prison census. If you'd like to stay involved in our efforts to free journalists behind bars, please sign up here and follow us on Facebook.
544 days in prison
582 days in prison
1,476 days in prison
447 days in prison
285 days in prison
272 days in prison
1,480 days in prison
538 days in prison
We welcome the releases of the journalists featured above, but journalists remain imprisoned around the world, including some who were featured in this campaign. CPJ continues to work for journalists' right to work freely without fear of being jailed for their reporting.
Charge: Retaliatory & Anti-State
Charge: Ethnic/Religious Insult
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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.