By Taiwo Fakeye
The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday launched its annual Free The Press campaign to raise awareness of journalists imprisoned worldwide.
This year, according to a release on Monday by the CPJ, the campaign will highlights five journalists jailed for their work.
It ask supporters to send physical or digital postcards so that the journalists know they are not forgotten and the governments jailing them know that the world is watching.
The 2018 #FreeThePress journalists are:
- Blogger Alaa Abdelfattah, jailed in Egypt in 2014.
- Zehra Doğan, from the all-women’s Jin News Agency (JİNHA), jailed in Turkey in 2017.
- Internet reporter Azimjon Askarov, jailed in Kyrgyzstan in 2010.
- Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately-owned newspaper Talassa, imprisoned in the Republic of Congo in 2017.
- Ding Lingjie, editor of the human rights news website Minsheng Guancha, imprisoned in China in 2017.
The, CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch said, “These intrepid journalists come from different backgrounds and covered a variety of beats, but they were all jailed simply for doing their job.
“CPJ demands that they be released immediately and that the governments holding them rescind the harsh laws that led to the journalists’ imprisonment”.
CPJ documented a record 262 journalists behind bars globally in its most recent prison census, the highest number since it started keeping records in the early 1990s.
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