News from the Committee to Protect Journalists
|‘Free Society’ campaign seeks freedom for jailed Iranians|
| CPJ and a coalition of leading press freedom groups have launched a campaign called “Our Society Will Be a Free Society,” which seeks the release of journalists, writers, and bloggers being held in Iran. CPJ, which has been conducting monthly surveys of journalists imprisoned in Iran, documented 52 writers and editors behind bars on March 1. The number of jailed journalists is the highest CPJ has recorded in a single country since December 1996, when it documented 78 imprisonments in Turkey.
The campaign’s name comes from a pledge that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini made on the eve of the 1979 Iranian Revolution: “Our future society will be a free society, and all the elements of oppression, cruelty, and force will be destroyed.”
We are gathering signatures for a letter to be sent to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on March 20, the Iranian New Year. You can sign the campaign’s petition at www.oursocietywillbeafreesociety.org or access our page on Facebook. We need your help to gather signatures.
Please visit the site and sign-and please pass the links to any and all who support this vital cause. The more unified a front we present, the more our voice will be heard.
|Shamsolvaezin, a CPJ Press Freedom Awardee, is released in Iran|
|CPJ campaigned hard to win the release of imprisoned editor Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award in 2000. We were delighted to learn this month that he was released on bail along with at least three other Iranian journalists. While this is very good news, there is much more to be done.|
|Attacks on the Press launched worldwide|
| CPJ’s international launch of Attacks on the Press, our annual survey of press freedom conditions around the world, was an unprecedented success. With coordinated events in six cities across the globe-New York, Tokyo, Brussels, Cairo, Nairobi, and Bogotá-CPJ reached a vast international audience. The press freedom issues highlighted in Attacks on the Press attracted regional and international attention.
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