#FreeThePress

 

 

Amid the unprecedented public health threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 190 groups joined together to urge world leaders to immediately and unconditionally release all journalists imprisoned for their work.


For journalists in jail, freedom has never been more urgent


Thousands of people joined the call, with 11,337 signatures on the petition. And while there is still more work to be done, with your help some journalists have already been freed.

We sent the petition to all leaders of countries with jailed journalists, and we wrote to the U.N. Secretary General asking him to take urgent action on behalf of those still behind bars.

Some other noteworthy impacts and actions:

CPJ’s COVID-19 response page

CPJ’s latest safety advice for covering the COVID-19 pandemic


#FreeThePress Partners:

  • The 88 Project
  • Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran
  • Afghan Journalists Safety Committee
  • Afghanistan Journalists Center
  • African Centre for Media and Information Literacy
  • African Centre for Media Excellence
  • The African Editors Forum
  • AFTE Egypt
  • AGHS Legal Aid Cell
  • Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom
  • Alliance Internationale de Journalistes
  • Alliance of Independent Journalists Indonesia
  • Altermidya Network
  • Americans for Kashmir
  • Amnesty International India
  • Article19
  • Association des Journalistes Burundais en Exil
  • Association des journalistes du Burkina
  • Association des journalistes indépendants du Bénin
  • Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia
  • Association of European Journalists
  • Bahrain Center for Human Rights
  • Belarusian Association of Journalists
  • The Bloggers Association of Kenya
  • Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  • Cambodian Center for Independent Media
  • Cambodian Journalists Alliance
  • Cameroon Community Media Network
  • Cameroonian Association of English-speaking Journalists
  • Canadian Media Lawyers Association
  • Cellule Norbert Zongo pour le journalisme d’investigation en Afrique de l’Ouest/Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism in West Africa
  • Center for Human Rights in Iran
  • Centre for Human Rights & Democracy in Africa
  • Centre of Media Persons for Change, Chennai – India
  • CGNet Swara – India
  • CIVICUS.org
  • Civil Rights Defenders
  • The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom
  • Coalition for Women in Journalism
  • Committee Against Assault on Journalists – India
  • Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
  • Community Empowerment for Progress Organization
  • Consortium of Human Rights Organizations in Ethiopia
  • Dhaka Tribune
  • Digital Rights Foundation
  • EG Justice
  • English PEN
  • Eswatini Editors Forum
  • European Centre for Press and Media Freedom
  • European Federation of Journalists
  • European Journalism Centre
  • European Media Initiative
  • Federação dos Jornalistas de Língua Portuguesa
  • Federation of Nepali Journalists
  • Federation of Somali Journalists
  • Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand
  • Free Media Movement
  • Free Press Initiative
  • Free Press Unlimited
  • Free Speech Collective – India
  • Freedom Forum
  • Freedom Network – Pakistan
  • Freedom of Expression Myanmar
  • Gambian Press Union
  • Ghana Journalists Association
  • Global Forum for Media Development
  • Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria
  • Hong Kong Free Press
  • Human Rights First
  • Human Rights in China
  • Human Rights Network for Journalists- Uganda
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Hyderabad Journalists Federation – India
  • Hyderabad Union of Working Journalists – India
  • Hyderabad Working Journalists Federation – India
  • Imphal Free Press – India
  • Impulse Model Press Lab – India
  • Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam
  • Index on Censorship
  • Indian Federation of Working Journalists
  • Indian Journalists Union
  • INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre
  • INK Centre for Investigative Journalism
  • Institute for Media and Society
  • International Centre for Investigative Reporting
  • International Federation of Journalists
  • International Media Support
  • International Observatory of Human Rights
  • International Press Centre, Lagos
  • International Press Institute
  • International Women’s Media Foundation
  • Internet Freedom Foundation – India
  • Internet Sans Frontieres
  • The Irrawaddy
  • James W. Foley Legacy Foundation
  • Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society – India
  • Jansandesh Times – India
  • Journalists Union of Assam
  • Kashmir Times – India
  • Kashmir Working Journalists Association – India
  • Kenya Correspondents Association
  • Kenya Union of Journalists
  • Kenyan Editors Guild
  • Kerala Union of Working Journalists – India
  • Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative
  • Le Conseil national des patrons de presse du Togo
  • The Lede – India
  • Ligue des journalistes Tchadiens
  • Local Press Hong Kong
  • Maharat Foundation
  • Malaysiakini
  • Mandela Center International
  • Media Action Nepal
  • Media Council of Tanzania
  • Media Foundation for West Africa
  • Media Institute of Southern Africa
  • Media Monitoring Africa
  • Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance
  • Metro Center for Advocacy and Journalists
  • Mumbai Patrakar Sangh – India
  • Mumbai Press Club – India
  • Nai Baat
  • The Namibia Media Trust
  • National Union of Journalists in Iraq
  • National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
  • National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia
  • Network of Women in Media India
  • New Bloom Magazine
  • New Naratif
  • Nigeria Union of Journalists
  • Observatoire de la Liberté de la Presse en Afrique
  • One Day Seyoum
  • Organisation Patronale des Médias du Gabon
  • Ossigeno per l’informazione
  • Overseas Press Club of Cambodia
  • Pakistan Press Foundation
  • Paradigm Initiative
  • Park Center for Independent Media, Ithaca College
  • Patronat de la presse tchadienne
  • PEN America
  • PEN Delhi – India
  • PEN Eritrea
  • PEN International
  • PEN Myanmar
  • PEN Nigeria
  • People’s Union for Civil Liberties – India
  • People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights – India
  • Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
  • Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism
  • Press Association – India
  • Press Council of South Africa
  • Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq
  • Press Union of Liberia
  • Radio Free Asia
  • REDHAC – Réseau des Défenseurs des Droits de l’Homme de l’Afrique Centrale
  • The Reporter, Taiwan
  • Reporters Sans Frontieres
  • Reporters Without Borders USA
  • Réseau des Journalistes Burundais pour la CPI
  • Réseau des Journalistes pour les Droits de l’Homme en Centrafrique
  • Right2Know
  • Rory Peck Trust
  • Siasat Daily – India
  • Sierra Leone Association of Journalists
  • SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom
  • Somali Journalists Syndicate
  • Somaliland Journalists Association
  • SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition
  • South African National Editors’ Forum
  • South Asia Free Media Association – Sri Lanka
  • South Asia Media Defenders Network
  • South Asia Women in Media, Sri Lanka
  • South Asian Journalists Association
  • Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association
  • Syndicat des Professionels de l’Information et de la Communication du Sénégal
  • Syndicat National des Journalistes du Cameroun/Cameroon Journalists’ Trade Union
  • Syndicat National des Journalistes Indépendants du Togo
  • Syndicat National des Professionnels de la Presse de Côte d’Ivoire
  • Syrian Journalist Association
  • The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
  • Talk Journalism, India
  • Tamil Nadu Women Journalists Association – India
  • Telangana State Union of Working Journalists – India
  • Telangana Urdu Working Journalists Union – India
  • Tournons La Page
  • Union Burundaise des Journalistes
  • Union of Tanzania Press Clubs
  • Weiquanwang
  • West African Journalists Association
  • Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism
  • World Association of News Publishers
  • Zimbabwe Union of Journalists