SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom - Samir Kassir Foundation


Monday , 27 April 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all governments to release all journalists from their prisons. On behalf of more than 250 journalists behind bars, we call on authorities to free these political prisoners immediately and unconditionally.

For journalists jailed in countries affected by the virus, freedom is now a matter of life and death. Imprisoned journalists have no control over their surroundings, cannot choose to isolate, and are often denied necessary medical care.


The World Health Organization states that “People deprived of their liberty, and those living or working in enclosed environments in their close proximity, are likely to be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease than the general population.”


Journalism must not carry a death sentence. That’s why today we launch #FreeThePress, a campaign calling for the release of every journalist behind bars now.


We ask all world leaders to protect the free press and the free flow of information at this crucial time.

Sign the petition, and join us in calling on leaders around the world to #FreeThePress NOW. Journalism must not carry a death sentence.

#FreeThePress Partners:

  • Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran
  • Afghanistan Journalists Center
  • African Centre for Media Excellence
  • Alliance for Journalists' Freedom
  • Alliance Internationale de Journalistes
  • 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
  • Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  • 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
  • Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
  • Community Empowerment for Progress Organization
  • EG Justice
  • 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 Somali Journalists
  • Free Press Initiative
  • Free Press Unlimited
  • Gambian Press Union
  • Ghana Journalists Association
  • Global Forum for Media Development
  • Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria
  • Human Rights First
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Index on Censorship
  • 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 Institute
  • International Women's Media Foundation
  • Internet Sans Frontieres
  • James W. Foley Legacy Foundation
  • Kenyan Editors Guild
  • Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative
  • Le Conseil national des patrons de presse du Togo
  • Ligue des journalistes Tchadiens
  • Maharat Foundation
  • Mandela Center International
  • Media Council of Tanzania
  • Media Foundation for West Africa
  • Media Institute of Southern Africa
  • Media Monitoring Africa
  • Metro Center for Advocacy and Journalists
  • Observatoire de la Liberté de la Presse en Afrique
  • One Day Seyoum
  • Organisation Patronale des Médias du Gabon
  • Ossigeno per l’informazione
  • Paradigm Initiative
  • Patronat de la presse tchadienne
  • PEN America
  • PEN Eritrea
  • PEN International
  • PEN Nigeria
  • Press Council of South Africa
  • Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq
  • Press Union of Liberia
  • REDHAC - Réseau des Défenseurs des Droits de l'Homme de l'Afrique Centrale
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The African Editors Forum
  • The Bloggers Association of Kenya
  • The Namibia Media Trust
  • The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
  • Tournons La Page
  • Union Burundaise des Journalistes
  • World Association of News Publishers
  • Zimbabwe Union of Journalists

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