Maziar Bahari helped us launch Attacks on the Press at the United
As part of CPJ’s efforts to engage the global community in protecting journalists and their right to report, Mahoney called on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to make freedom of expression a top, ongoing U.N. priority.
Bahari, who was held in solitary confinement for much of his imprisonment, credits international pressure in part for his freedom. “I think, as in my case, patience and piling on pressure through publicity eventually should have results,” he said. Asking the secretary-general to prioritize press freedom will have a ripple effect, he said, and “that ripple effect helped free me.”
Speaking alongside Mahoney and Bahari, CPJ Asia Program Coordinator
Bob Dietz stressed the need to keep press freedom abuses high on the
international human rights agenda. In Attacks
on the Press, Dietz wrote about the escalating dangers to reporters working
in conflict zones in
When asked by a reporter for the Canadian broadcaster CBC whether it is too dangerous now for foreign news outlets to send reporters into war zones, Dietz said the alternative is “much, much worse”—creating a vacuum in which not enough people will be on the ground to bear witness and report what they see to the world.