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One Free Press Coalition Releases Latest “10 Most Urgent” List Of Press Freedom Cases

NEW YORK – September 3, 2019 – The One Free Press Coalition, a united group of pre-eminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide, today issued the seventh monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases are seeking justice.

Published this morning by all Coalition members and at https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com, the seventh “10 Most Urgent” list includes the following:

1. Jamal Khashoggi (Saudi Arabia)

October 2 will mark one year since the brazen killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. To date, there has been no independent criminal investigation, despite findings from the UN and CIA pointing to the Saudi crown prince’s involvement, calls for the White House to release intelligence reports, and a Congress-imposed deadline for presidential reply under the U.S. Global Magnitsky Act, which President Donald Trump declined to honor in February.

2. Lydia Cacho (Mexico)

Despite government-provided protection since 2009, one of Mexico’s most well-known investigative reporters, Lydia Cacho, continues to suffer retaliatory attacks for her freelance reporting and work promoting freedom of expression. In July, burglars raided her home, killing her pets and stealing electronic devices containing information about sexual abuse cases she was investigating. Throughout her career, she has also experienced death threats online and via phone, sexual violence, imprisonment and an assassination attempt.

3. Erick Kabendera (Tanzania

After police detained freelance journalist Erick Kabendera on July 29 claiming to question his citizenship status (which has previously been investigated and cleared), they charged him August 5 with money laundering, tax evasion and assisting an organized crime racket. The charges appear to be efforts at justifying government detention and retaliation for his critical journalism, including recent reporting on alleged divisions in Tanzania’s ruling party for regional weekly The East African. The money laundering charge disqualifies him for bail and assisting a criminal racket could carry a jail sentence of up to 15 years.

4. Claudia Duque (Colombia)

In a 26-year career as an investigative journalist, Claudia Duque’s reporting has spurred opening of criminal cases against army members and political and judicial workers. During that time, however, she has endured kidnapping, illegal surveillance and psychological torture. In July the court overseeing the trial of Duque’s perpetrators ordered an injunction prohibiting Duque to question the court or the perpetrators, and to give opinions about the trial. If the gag order stands, Duque could face a 10-year prison sentence for speaking on the impunity surrounding her case.

5. Azory Gwanda (Tanzania)

Azory Gwanda, a freelance journalist investigating mysterious killings in rural Tanzania, has been missing since November 21, 2017. The government has failed to conduct a credible investigation or provide clear answers about his fate. On July 10, Tanzanian Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi said in an interview Gwanda had “disappeared and died,” but backtracked amid requests for clarification.    

6. Roberto Jesús Quiñones (Cuba)

On April 22 Cuban police beat and detained Roberto Jesús Quiñones while he was covering a trial as a contributor for CubaNet. Upon his release five days later, Cuban authorities alleged his conduct during detention constituted “resistance” and “disobedience,” for which they imposed charges and a fine. On August 7, a municipal court of the Cuban city of Guantánamo sentenced him to one year in prison for refusal to pay the fine. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Cuba’s “flagrant disregard for legal norms.”

7. Aasif Sultan (India)

Amid a weeks-long communications blackout in Kashmir in August, CPJ documented the detainment and harassment of at least three journalists, two of whom have been released. That’s in addition to Aasif Sultan, a reporter for Kashmir Narrator, who has been behind bars for more than a year. He was arrested during a raid of his home in August 2018, months later was charged with “complicity” in “harboring known terrorists,” and has been repeatedly interrogated and asked to reveal his sources in a cover story written about a militant leader slain in July 2016.

8. Azimjon Askarov (Kyrgyzstan)

Award-winning journalist Azimjon Askarov, who is an ethnic Uzbek and has contributed to independent news websites including Voice of Freedom, has spent nine years in prison on trumped-up charges for reporting on human rights violations. Despite persistent international condemnation and calls for Askarov’s release, a Kyrgyz court that had reviewed his case in light of new legislation ruled to uphold his life sentence on July 30. 

9. Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan)

After exposing the money flows and property holdings which the Azerbaijani president and his family used to enrich themselves in 2014, investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova spent 537 days in jail. The harassment cropped up again last month, when courts upheld tax evasion charges from her time as bureau chief for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty a decade ago—a nonprofit entity not subject to the tax, she claims. Additionally, Ismayilova is subject to a travel ban, financial penalties, frozen assets and an inability to report. 

10. Masoud Kazemi (Iran

In June courts sentenced Masoud Kazemi, editor-in-chief of the monthly Sedaye Parsi political magazine, to four and a half years in prison on charges of spreading anti-state propaganda and insulting the supreme leader and other Iranian officials. The charges stem from posts Kazemi made on Twitter in November 2018 relaying his reporting on corruption in Iran’s Ministry of Industry. Following imprisonment, he will also be subject to a two-year ban from working as a journalist.

“We continue to fight for those who can no longer speak up for themselves and demand justice for those who are penalized for having a voice,” said Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer for Forbes. “The goal of the Coalition is to continue shedding a light on these critical cases as we await resolutions that do not infringe on the freedom of the press.”

The One Free Press Coalition contains 36 prominent international members including: AméricaEconomía; The Associated Press; Bloomberg News; The Boston Globe; BuzzFeed; CNN Money Switzerland; Corriere Della Sera; De Standaard; Deutsche Welle; Estadão; EURACTIV; The Financial Times; Forbes; Fortune; HuffPost; India Today; Insider Inc.; Le Temps; Middle East Broadcasting Networks; NHK; Office of Cuba Broadcasting; Quartz; Radio Free Asia; Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty; Republik; Reuters; The Straits Times; Süddeutsche Zeitung; TIME; TV Azteca; Voice of America; The Washington Post; WIRED; and Yahoo News.

One Free Press Coalition partners with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) to identify the most-urgent cases for the list, which is updated and published on the first day of every month.

The mission of the Coalition is to use the collective voices of its members – which reach more than 1 billion people worldwide – to “stand up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.” News organizations throughout the world can join the Coalition by emailing info@onefreepresscoalition.com. Members of the public are also encouraged to join the conversation using the hashtag #OneFreePress and following developments on Twitter @OneFreePress.

One Free Press Coalition

The One Free Press Coalition every month spotlights the “10 Most Urgent” journalists who press freedoms are under threat worldwide. The Coalition uses the collective voices of participating news organizations to spotlight brave journalists whose voices are being silenced or have been silenced by “standing up for journalists under attack for pursing the truth.” To see the “10 Most Urgent” list every month and to view a complete list of participating news organizations and supporting partners, please visit https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com or @OneFreePress on Twitter.

Contacts:

One Free Press Coalition PR: pr@onefreepresscoalition.com
Committee to Protect Journalists: Bebe Santa-Wood, press@cpj.com
International Women’s Media Foundation: Charlotte Fox, cfox@iwmf.org

Katherine Love
Jamal Khashoggi and Azory Gwanda Remain Atop Latest "10 Most Urgent" List Of Press Freedom Cases From One Free Press Coalition

NEW YORK – August 1, 2019 – The One Free Press Coalition, a united group of pre-eminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide, today issued the sixth monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases are seeking justice. Remaining number one on the list is Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered columnist for The Washington Post, who has yet to see justice through an independent criminal investigation.

Published this morning by all Coalition members and at https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com, the sixth “10 Most Urgent” list includes the following, ranked in order of urgency:

1. Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was brutally murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, has yet to see an independent criminal investigation. Calls for the White House to release intelligence reports have also gone unanswered.

2. Azory Gwanda, freelance journalist investigating mysterious killings in rural Tanzania, who has been missing since 2017. Gwanda was said to be missing and believed to be dead by Tanzanian Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi, who has since backtracked amid requests for clarification. 

3. Juan Pardinas, the editor-in-chief of Mexican newspaper Reforma, received a barrage of online harassment and threats after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador criticized the newspaper in April. López Obrador acknowledged the threats against Pardinas and said that his government had offered protective measures to the journalist.

4. Paul Chouta, the Cameroon Web reporter was arrested in May, denied bail and charged with defamation and spreading false news. Chouta’s editor said he suspects the case was in retaliation for critical reporting. His case has been delayed until August 13 and he remains in a maximum-security prison.

5. Azimjon Askarov, an award-winning journalist, who is an ethnic Uzbek, has spent nine years in prison on trumped-up charges for his reporting on human rights violations. Despite persistent international condemnation and calls for his release, a Kyrgyz court that had reviewed his case in light of new legislation ruled to uphold his life sentence on July 30. 

6. Ayşe Nazlı Ilıcak, a Turkish commentator for opposition newspaper Özgür Düşünce and Can Erzincan TV, was arrested and sentenced in February 2018 to life without parole for trying to overturn the constitution through her journalism. In Turkey, which has been the top jailer of journalists three years in a row, life sentences without parole equate to 30 years in solitary confinement, with limited visits.

7. Marzieh Amiri, an economics reporter at Tehran-based newspaper Shargh Daily, was arrested by Iranian authorities as she covered May Day demonstrations, and her family has had limited contact with her since. Authorities have accused Amiri of committing crimes against national security without giving further details.

8. Jones Abiri, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Source, was re-arrested on charges under Nigeria’s cybercrimes act, anti-sabotage act, and terrorism prevention act for crimes allegedly carried out in 2016. The charges are the same ones that a court threw out after he was held without access to his family or a lawyer from 2016 to 2018.     

9. Aasif Sultan, a reporter for Kashmir Narrator, was arrested on “anti-state” charges and will have him imprisoned for one year on August 27.  He has been repeatedly interrogated by police, demanding that he reveal his sources.

10. Truong Duy Nhat, a blogger with the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA), went missing in January in Bangkok, where he had applied for refugee status. The Vietnamese blogger is currently held without charge in a detention center in Hanoi.

“We are committed to the fight for justice for all freedoms of the press, and the fundamental human rights of journalists globally,” said Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer for Forbes. “The Coalition is dedicated in its mission to bring attention and continued public interest to these cases, until we see them resolved.”

The One Free Press Coalition contains 36 prominent international members including: AméricaEconomía; The Associated Press; Bloomberg News; The Boston Globe; BuzzFeed; CNN Money Switzerland; Corriere Della Sera; De Standaard; Deutsche Welle; Estadão; EURACTIV; The Financial Times; Forbes; Fortune; HuffPost; India Today; Insider Inc.; Le Temps; Middle East Broadcasting Networks; NHK; Office of Cuba Broadcasting; Quartz; Radio Free Asia; Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty; Republik; Reuters; The Straits Times; Süddeutsche Zeitung; TIME; TV Azteca; Voice of America; The Washington Post; WIRED; and Yahoo News.

One Free Press Coalition partners with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) to identify the most-urgent cases for the list, which is updated and published on the first day of every month.

The mission of the Coalition is to use the collective voices of its members – which reach more than 1 billion people worldwide – to “stand up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.” News organizations throughout the world can join the Coalition by emailing info@onefreepresscoalition.com. Members of the public are also encouraged to join the conversation using the hashtag #OneFreePress and following developments on Twitter @OneFreePress.

One Free Press Coalition

The One Free Press Coalition every month spotlights the “10 Most Urgent” journalists who press freedoms are under threat worldwide. The Coalition uses the collective voices of participating news organizations to spotlight brave journalists whose voices are being silenced or have been silenced by “standing up for journalists under attack for pursing the truth.” To see the “10 Most Urgent” list every month and to view a complete list of participating news organizations and supporting partners, please visit https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com or @OneFreePress on Twitter.

Contacts:

One Free Press Coalition PR: pr@onefreepresscoalition.com
Committee to Protect Journalists: Bebe Santa-Wood, press@cpj.com
International Women’s Media Foundation: Charlotte Fox, cfox@iwmf.org

Katherine Love
Jamal Khashoggi Leads One Free Press Coalition’s Latest “10 Most Urgent” List Of Press Freedom Cases

NEW YORK – July 1, 2019 – Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered columnist for the Washington Post, tops July’s “10 Most Urgent” list from the One Free Press Coalition, which highlights journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases are seeking justice. His ranking at the top of the July “10 Most Urgent” list comes just weeks after a U.N. security expert in June called for an independent criminal investigation into the journalist’s death, which is believed to have been directed by the highest levels of the Saudi Arabian government.

Published this morning by all Coalition members and at https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com, the fifth “10 Most Urgent” list includes the following journalists, ranked in order of urgency:

  1. Jamal Khashoggi (Saudi Arabia), the Washington Post columnist who was brutally murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. A new United Nations report blamed Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi’s murder. Calls for an independent investigation and for the White House to release intelligence reports continue to go unheeded.

  2. Norma Sarabia (Mexico), the crime reporter for Diario Presente and Tabasco HOY, who was shot to death at her home in Tabasco state, Mexico. The Tabasco state attorney general’s office has opened an investigation into the murder, but the killer remains at large.

  3. Marzieh Amiri (Iran), an economic reporter at the Shargh Daily newspaper, who was arrested by Iranian authorities while covering May Day demonstrations. The authorities have accused Amiri of committing crimes against national security but have not filed charges. She remains in detention.

  4. Azory Gwanda (Tanzania), a freelance journalist, who has been missing since November 21, 2017 following his investigation into mysterious killings in his community. The Tanzanian government has yet to launch a credible investigation into his case.

  5. Stanislav Aseyev (Ukraine), the freelance reporter who disappeared two years ago, was reportedly detained by Russia-backed separatists in east Ukraine. He confessed to espionage charges on a Russian state-run TV channel while under obvious duress, and there are concerns about his health and whether he may be alive.

  6. Aasif Sultan (India), a reporter for the Kashmir Narrator, was arrested and charged with “complicity” in “harboring known terrorists” in August 2018. Sultan, who has health issues, has been repeatedly interrogated and asked to reveal his sources by police

  7. Daphne Caruana Galizia (Malta), an investigative reporter who helped unearth the Panama Papers, was murdered in a car-bomb blast in 2017 in Malta. There has been little movement on her case since then, and the perpetrators remain at large.

  8. Jones Abiri (Nigeria), who is again behind bars on charges under Nigeria’s cybercrimes act, anti-sabotage act and terrorism prevention act for events that were allegedly carried out in 2016. The publisher and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Source was held without access to his family or lawyer from 2016 to 2018.

  9. Seyoum Tsehaye (Eritrea), who has spent nearly 20 years behind bars for his journalism. As one of several Eritrean journalists arrested after the government summarily banned the privately owned press in 2001, Eritrean authorities have never accounted for the whereabouts, health or legal status of Seyoum and the others.

  10. Wei Zhili (China), a journalist who was arrested in March on charges of disturbing public order, though his family believes it was in connection to his reporting on labor rights issues in their community. According to CPJ’s 2018 prison census, China is the second-largest jailer of journalists in the world.

The One Free Press Coalition now counts 36 prominent international members including: AméricaEconomía; The Associated Press; Barron’s; Bloomberg News; The Boston Globe; BuzzFeed; CNN Money Switzerland; Corriere Della Sera; De Standaard; Deutsche Welle; Estadão; EURACTIV; The Financial Times; Forbes; Fortune; HuffPost; India Today; Insider Inc.; Le Temps; Middle East Broadcasting Networks; NHK; Office of Cuba Broadcasting; Politico; Quartz; Radio Free Asia; Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty; Republik; Reuters; The Straits Times; Süddeutsche Zeitung; TIME; TV Azteca; Voice of America; The Washington Post; WIRED; and Yahoo News.

One Free Press Coalition partners with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) to identify the most-urgent cases for the list, which is updated and published on the first day of every month.

The mission of the Coalition is to use the collective voices of its members – which reach more than 1 billion people worldwide – to “stand up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.” News organizations throughout the world can join the Coalition by emailing info@onefreepresscoalition.com. Members of the public are also encouraged to join the conversation using #OneFreePress and following developments on Twitter @OneFreePress.

One Free Press Coalition

The One Free Press Coalition every month spotlights the “10 Most Urgent” journalists who press freedoms are under threat worldwide. The Coalition uses the collective voices of participating news organizations to spotlight brave journalists whose voices are being silenced or have been silenced by “standing up for journalists under attack for pursing the truth.” To see the “10 Most Urgent” list every month and to view a complete list of participating news organizations and supporting partners, please visit https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com or @OneFreePress on Twitter.

 

Contacts:

OneFreePress: pr@onefreepresscoalition.com
Committee to Protect Journalists: Bebe Santa-Wood, press@cpj.com
International Women’s Media Foundation: Charlotte Fox, cfox@iwmf.org

Katherine Love
Jamal Khashoggi and Azory Gwanda Among Journalists On Latest "10 Most Urgent" List Of Press Freedom Cases From One Free Press Coalition

The One Free Press Coalition, a united group of pre-eminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide, today issued the fourth monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases are seeking justice. Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered columnist for The Washington Post, remains atop the list following no independent U.N. criminal investigation, as does independent Tanzanian journalist Azory Gwanda, who has been missing for more than 18 months.  

Published this morning by all Coalition members and at https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com, the fourth “10 Most Urgent” list includes the following, ranked in order of urgency:

  1. Azory Gwanda, a freelance journalist working in rural Tanzania, has been missing since November 21, 2017 following his investigation of mysterious killings in his community. The Tanzanian government has yet to launch a credible investigation into his case.

  2. Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was brutally murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, has yet to see an independent UN criminal investigation, despite CIA findings that point to the Saudi crown prince’s involvement.

  3. Aasif Sultan, a reporter for Kashmir Narrator, was arrested on “anti-state” charges in August 2018, and has been repeatedly interrogated by police, demanding that he reveal his sources.

  4. Claudia Duque, a local Columbian journalist has been subjected to kidnapping, illegal surveillance, and psychological torture for decades. Several high-ranking security service officers have been named in the case, but none have served a day in prison.

  5. Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda, station director and news director of Nicaragua’s 100% Noticias, have been held for over five months on charges of “inciting hate and violence,” and while behind bars have been denied access to their lawyers.

  6. Truong Duy Nhat, a blogger with the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA), went missing in January in Bangkok, where he had applied for refugee status. The Vietnamese blogger is currently held without charge in a detention center in Hanoi.

  7. Sevinc Osmanqizi has been subject to harassment and attempted extortion by the pro-government Azerbaijani news channel Real TV in retaliation for her political reporting, forcing her to live in exile in the U.S..

  8. Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou have been behind bars since March after being accused of spreading false news due to their reporting on corruption in Mauritania.

  9. Seyoum Tsehaye was arrested after the government summarily banned the privately owned press in 2001, in response to criticism of President Isaias Afwerki. Eritrean authorities have never accounted for his whereabouts, health, or legal status.

  10. Mina Karamitrou, a police reporter for CNN’s Greek edition, was the target of a makeshift explosive device detonated under her car in May 2019. No one was injured in the explosion, but as of late May, no arrests had been made.

Last month’s list included two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were detained in Myanmar in December 2017. The two reporters were freed on May 7, after spending 18 months in prison.

“Protecting the freedoms of the press and the fundamental rights of journalists worldwide is a top priority, and something the Coalition will never stop fighting for,” said Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer for Forbes. “Every day we’re inspired to see the outpouring of support for this important global cause, and as we continue to grow, our collective voice will not go unheard.”

The One Free Press Coalition has grown significantly since its inception, and now contains 33 prominent international members including: AméricaEconomía; The Associated Press; Bloomberg News; The Boston Globe; BuzzFeed; CNN Money Switzerland; Corriere Della Sera; De Standaard; Deutsche Welle; Estadão; EURACTIV; The Financial Times; Forbes; Fortune; HuffPost; India Today; Insider Inc.; Le Temps; Middle East Broadcasting Networks; Office of Cuba Broadcasting; Quartz; Radio Free Asia; Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty; Republik; Reuters; The Straits Times; Süddeutsche Zeitung; TIME; TV Azteca; Voice of America; The Washington Post; WIRED; and Yahoo News.

One Free Press Coalition partners with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) to identify the most-urgent cases for the list, which is updated and published on the first day of every month.

News organizations throughout the world can join the Coalition by emailing info@onefreepresscoalition.com. Members of the public are also encouraged to join the conversation using the hashtag #OneFreePress and following developments on Twitter @OneFreePress.

One Free Press Coalition

The One Free Press Coalition every month spotlights the “10 Most Urgent” journalists who press freedoms are under threat worldwide. The Coalition uses the collective voices of participating news organizations to spotlight brave journalists whose voices are being silenced or have been silenced by “standing up for journalists under attack for pursing the truth.” To see the “10 Most Urgent” list every month and to view a complete list of participating news organizations and supporting partners, please visit https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com or @OneFreePress on Twitter.

 

Contacts:

One Free Press Coalition PR: pr@onefreepresscoalition.com
Committee to Protect Journalists: Bebe Santa-Wood, press@cpj.com
International Women’s Media Foundation: Charlotte Fox, cfox@iwmf.org

Katherine Love
Reuters Reporters Wa Lone And Kyaw Soe Oo And Columnist Jamal Khashoggi Among Journalists On Latest “10 Most Urgent” List Of Press Freedom Cases From One Free Press Coalition

Bloomberg News, BuzzFeed, Insider Inc., Quartz, The Washington Post And WIRED Join Coalition To Spotlight Journalists Under Attack Worldwide

NEW YORK – May 1, 2019 – The One Free Press Coalition, a united group of pre-eminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide, today issued its third monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases are seeking justice. Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo – who two weeks ago earned Pulitzer Prizes for their series “Myanmar Burning” – and Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered columnist for The Washington Post, are among the journalists on the list.

Published this morning by all Coalition members and at https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com, the third “10 Most Urgent” list (not ranked in a specific order) includes:

  1. Azory Gwanda, an independent Tanzanian journalist who went missing in rural Tanzania after investigating mysterious killings in his community. The Tanzanian government has so far failed to launch a credible investigation into his case. 

  2. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Reuters journalists who have been imprisoned in Myanmar under the Official Secrets Act following their investigation into a security force massacre of Rohingya men and boys in western Rakhine State. The Myanmar Supreme Court recently upheld their convictions.

  3. Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda, the station director and news director, respectively, for 100% Noticias, who were detained following a crackdown on Nicaraguan media and who are being held on charges of “inciting hate and violence.” They have been denied consistent access to legal services.

  4. Miroslava Breach Velducea, a correspondent for La Jornada, who was murdered in the state of Chihuahua after reporting on links between politicians and organized crime. Prior to her death, she had received threats on at least three occasions for her reporting.

  5. Claudia Duque, a veteran investigative reporter in Colombia who has endured kidnapping, illegal surveillance, psychological torture, and exile as a result of her work. Colombian courts convicted three high-ranking officers of the Colombian security services for torturing Claudia and her daughter in 2003 and 2004. As of May 2019, all the defendants in the case were free.

  6. Mahmoud Abou Zeid, who goes by Shawkan, and Alaa Abdelfattah, a photographer and blogger, respectively, in Egypt were released this year after spending more than five years behind bars. However, both report to a police station each evening, and it is up to the police whether they can leave. So far, both have spent every night of their “freedom” behind bars.

  7. Aasif Sultan, a reporter with Kashmir Narrator in India, was imprisoned on anti-state charges for covering conflict. He has been repeatedly interrogated and asked to reveal sources by police, and has experienced health issues as he remains behind bars.

  8. Jamal Khashoggi, who was brutally murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Despite findings from the CIA that point to the Saudi crown prince’s involvement, there has been no independent UN criminal investigation. Calls for the White House to release intelligence reports have gone unheeded, along with a deadline to reply to Congress as required under the U.S. Global Magnitsky Act.

  9. Mimi Mefo, who was arrested on false news and cybercrime charges in connection to her reporting on unrest in the conflict-hit North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. While she was released after four days, she continues to speak out against harassment of journalists throughout Cameroon and the impact of the conflict.

  10. Anna Nimiriano, a newspaper editor in South Sudan, who lives under constant threat. As editor of the Juba Monitor, Nimiriano fights to keep her colleagues out of jail for their reporting, and has in the past been ordered by the government to shut down the paper. She and her colleagues persevere in spite of arrest threats and constant censorship.

“These brave journalists have given their lives or are being relentlessly repressed and attacked simply for reporting the truth,” said Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer for Forbes. “We welcome the additional news organizations to the growing One Free Press Coalition, whose mission is to use the collective reach of its members to keep public interest on unresolved cases affecting journalists’ freedom everywhere.”

The One Free Press Coalition continues to expand its list of member organizations and has nearly doubled in size since launching three months ago. The sixteen new members include: AméricaEconomía, Bloomberg News, BuzzFeed, Estadão, India Today, Insider Inc., Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Quartz, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, The Straits Times, TV Azteca, The Washington Post, Voice of America and WIRED.

“Today more than ever we are in need of trusted news and information, yet far too many journalists around the world are under attack merely for trying to fulfill that mission,” said Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait. “Bloomberg News is committed to working alongside our One Free Press Coalition colleagues in the critical fight to ensure and protect journalistic freedom.”

“Free press is critical to democracy,” said Nicholas Carlson, global Editor-in-Chief of Insider Inc. “Business Insider is proud to stand in solidarity with our peers to help protect the rights of hardworking journalists around the world.”

“In many parts of the world, the safety of journalists, editors and publishers is under serious threat from those who would silence them,” said Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times and Singapore Press Holdings’ English, Malay, Tamil Media Group. “The best answer to this is good journalism, letting their stories be told in our media so many others will understand the implications of these developments.”

“WIRED commends the One Free Press Coalition for bringing international attention to the growing threat against the media worldwide,” said WIRED Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson. “We’re honored to join in this urgent fight for journalistic freedom.”

“We must meet these threats to free press and journalist safety with unequivocal resolve and urgency,” said Kevin J. Delaney, Editor-in-Chief of Quartz. “Quartz is proud to join One Free Press Coalition and other partner organizations and will continue the important work of supporting journalists around the world.”

In addition to releasing this month’s “10 Most Urgent List,” the One Free Press Coalition today announced that it is joining The Washington Post’s Press Freedom Partnership. As a Press Freedom partner, One Free Press Coalition will receive complimentary advertising each month in The Washington Post highlighting its “10 Most Urgent” list. The Press Freedom Partnership is an ongoing initiative that aims to highlight organizations working to promote press freedom and raise awareness for the rights of journalists worldwide.

“We see extraordinary results when media organizations collectively offer their resources to increase awareness for the rights of fellow journalists worldwide,” said Fred Ryan, publisher and CEO of The Washington Post. “We are excited to add One Free Press Coalition and thus a group of our esteemed colleagues to the Press Freedom Partnership to work together on this shared interest.”

One Free Press Coalition partners with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) which are instrumental in helping identify the most-urgent cases for the list, which is updated and published on the first day of every month.

News organizations throughout the world can join the Coalition by emailing info@onefreepresscoalition.com. Members of the public are also encouraged to join the conversation using the hashtag #OneFreePress and following developments on Twitter @OneFreePress.

One Free Press Coalition

The One Free Press Coalition every month spotlights the “10 Most Urgent” journalists who press freedoms are under threat worldwide. The Coalition uses the collective voices of participating news organizations to spotlight brave journalists whose voices are being silenced or have been silenced by “standing up for journalists under attack for pursing the truth.” To see the “10 Most Urgent” list every month and to view a complete list of

participating news organizations and supporting partners, please visit: https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com or @OneFreePress on Twitter.

Contacts:

One Free Press Coalition PR: pr@onefreepresscoalition.com
Committee to Protect Journalists: Bebe Santa-Wood, press@cpj.com
International Women’s Media Foundation: Charlotte Fox, cfox@iwmf.org

Katherine Love
One Free Press Coalition Issues Its Second “10 Most Urgent” List Spotlighting Journalists Under Attack

NEW YORK – April 1, 2019 – The One Free Press Coalition, a united group of prominent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists who are under attack, today issued its “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases are seeking justice.

The One Free Press Coalition welcomes additional prominent editorial outlets this month, including The Boston Globe and Fortune in the U.S., and CNN Money Switzerland, Corriere Della Sera (Italy), Deutsche Welle (Germany) and Republik (Switzerland) in Europe. Existing members include: The Associated Press, Financial Times, Forbes, HuffPost, Reuters, Time, Yahoo News in addition to other world leading news organizations.

The mission of the coalition is to use the collective voices of its members – which reach more than 1 billion people worldwide – to “stand up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.”

The second “10 Most Urgent” list, published this morning by all members and at https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com, includes the following journalists (not ranked in a specific order):

  1. The late Miroslava Breach Velducea, correspondent at La Jornada, Mexico

  2. Maria Ressa, founder of Rappler, The Philippines

  3. Tran Thi Nga, prominent human rights blogger, Vietnam

  4. Azimjon Askarov, award winning journalist, Kyrgyzstan

  5. Rana Ayyub, an independent journalist, India

  6. Miguel Mora and Lucia Pineda Ubau, journalists at 100% Noticias, Nicaragua

  7. Anna Nimiriano, editor of Juba Monitor, South Sudan

  8. Amade Abubacar, radio journalist, Mozambique

  9. Claudia Duque, a veteran investigative reporter, Colombia

  10. Osman Mirghani, editor-in-chief of Al-Tayar, Sudan

Last month’s inaugural list also included Eman Al Nafjan, prominent women’s rights blogger in Saudi Arabia. While the charges have not been dropped, Eman was recently released from a Saudi Arabia prison.

“The escalating attacks on press freedom around the world have dire consequences in the everyday lives of countless people,” said Brian McGrory, Editor, The Boston Globe. “This effort is another key way to focus attention on a problem that needs to be addressed, here and everywhere. The Globe regrets that such an initiative is needed, but feels it is important to be a part of it.”

“We magazine and newspaper editors love to talk about 'speaking truth to power,’ but we too often forget what those words mean in much of the world, where reporting and speaking such truth is an act of stunning and selfless bravery,” said Clifton Leaf, Editor-in-Chief, Fortune. “Fortune is honored to join the One Free Press Coalition, and we’re grateful for the chance to work alongside our colleagues to push for greater protections for journalists around the globe. Speaking truth to power remains a crucial mission. It shouldn’t be a life-or-death one.”

News organizations throughout the world can join the coalition by emailing info@onefreepresscoalition.com. Members of the public are also encouraged to join the conversation using #OneFreePress and following developments on Twitter @OneFreePress.

One Free Press Coalition

The One Free Press Coalition every month spotlights the “10 Most Urgent” journalists whose press freedoms are under threat worldwide. The coalition uses the collective voices of participating news organizations to spotlight brave journalists whose voices are being silenced or have been silenced by “standing up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.” To see the “10 Most Urgent” list every month and to view a complete list of participating news organizations and supporting partners, please visit https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com or @OneFreePress on Twitter.

 

Contacts:

One Free Press Coalition PR: pr@onefreepresscoalition.com
CPJ: Bebe Santa-Wood, press@cpj.org
IWMF: Charlotte Fox, cfox@iwmf.org

 

Katherine Love
World’s Leading News Organizations Establish One Free Press Coalition To Stand Up For Journalists Under Attack For Pursuing The Truth

Unite To Use Their Collective Reach Of Editorial, Social Platforms To Spotlight “10 Most Urgent” Journalists Under Attack Or Silenced Every Month

NEW YORK – March 15, 2019 – Leading news organizations around the world today announced the formation of the One Free Press Coalition, a united front of prominent editors and publishers using the significant reach of their editorial and social platforms to spotlight journalists who are under attack globally. On the first of every month, members of the One Free Press Coalition will publish across their platforms a “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose global press freedoms are being abused or whose cases demand justice. The mission of the coalition is to use the collective voices of its members – which reach more than 1 billion people worldwide – to “stand up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.”

The “10 Most Urgent” list, published this morning by all members and at https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com, includes the following journalists (not ranked in a specific order):

  1. Maria Ressa, founder of Rappler, The Philippines

  2. The late Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post columnist, Saudi Arabia

  3. Eman Al Nafjan, prominent women’s rights blogger, Saudi Arabia

  4. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Reuters, Myanmar

  5. Claudia Duque, a veteran investigative reporter, Colombia

  6. Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, prominent blogger, Mauritania

  7. Anna Nimiriano, editor of Juba Monitor, South Sudan

  8. Pelin Unker, Cumhuriyet, Turkey

  9. Thomas Awah Junior, correspondent for Afrik 2 Radio and publisher of Aghem Messenger, Cameroon

  10. Tran Thi Nga, prominent human rights blogger, Vietnam

The inaugural members of the One Free Press Coalition who have committed to using their powerful platforms to raise awareness of journalists under attack include: The Associated Press, De Standaard, EURACTIV, Financial Times, Forbes, HuffPost, Le Temps, Reuters, Süddesutsche Zeitung, Time and Yahoo News. One Free Press Coalition partners the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) are instrumental in helping identify the most-urgent journalists for the list, which will be updated and published on the first day of every month.

“With the One Free Press Coalition, we are shining an enduring light from all corners of the globe on our fellow journalists who are being persecuted, punished or worse in the pursuit of truth,” said Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer for Forbes, who initiated the concept at a meeting of the International Media Council at the World Economic Forum, another coalition partner. “Our founding members include news organizations who collectively reach more than 1 billion people worldwide, and we encourage other outlets to join us in standing up for those whose voices have been threatened, silenced or are being silenced. Together, our reach online and on social will signal solidarity for our colleagues and simultaneously tell those who threaten free speech that we are watching.”

News organizations throughout the world can join the coalition by emailing info@onefreepresscoalition.com. Members of the public are also encouraged to join the conversation using #OneFreePress and following developments on Twitter @OneFreePress.

Following are quotes from One Free Press Coalition members:

The Associated Press

“The AP applauds and looks forward to working with the One Free Press Coalition, developed by the International Media Council at Davos, to bring attention to the vital cause of reporting without harassment or threat,” said AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee. “Journalism is under attack around the world. We believe journalists must be permitted to pursue facts fearlessly for the greater good of society and democracy, and we are happy that the One Free Press Coalition will join us in that fight.”

De Standaard (Belgium)

“Here in Brussels, in the heart of Europe, we as a political newspaper tolerate no infringements on press freedom,” said Karel Verhoeven, editor-in-chief of De Standaard. “Locally, it is a mild struggle, but even here in Europe, the tide is turning. The word must remain free. After decades of mild concern, it has become the crucial issue of our time. We must speak out on behalf of those who publish the free, critical and investigating word and are being punished for it, tortured, prosecuted and threatened. We must exert our influence so that our readers can exert theirs. For this freedom is a collective treasure, to be defended by all.”

EURACTIV

“EURACTIV, the media network for Europe with a focus on EU affairs, is happy to join the One Free Press Coalition,” said EURACTIV Managing Editor Zoran Radosavljevic. “We welcome this initiative and are honored to be an active participant and an inaugural member. It is essential to ensure the freedom of the media and unhindered work of journalists across the globe."

Forbes

See quote above.

Financial Times

“At its best, journalism puts emerging issues in the spotlight and exposes wrongdoing by people in positions of power,” said Peter Spiegel, news editor of the Financial Times. “Highlighting the fate of fellow reporters who have suffered because they have done that is both critical in the current international environment and an important act of journalism in its own right."

HuffPost

“In these turbulent times, independent journalism is more important than ever. Holding power to account has never been more important, or freighted with greater risk,” said Lydia Polgreen, Editor in Chief of HuffPost. “That’s why HuffPost is proud to stand with the One Free Press Coalition to fight intimidation, harassment and violence against journalists across the globe and support the crucial role journalists play in upholding freedom.”

Le Temps

“The loss of our Slovak colleague Ján Kuciak (working in the same group, Ringier Axel Springer), murdered last year while investigating on corruption, deeply affected us,” said Le Temps Co-Editors in Chief Stéphane Benoit-Godet and Gael Hürlimann. “Followed with repeated tensions in regions where the freedom of press seemed to be established, we feel the need of combatting censorship and repression on journalists all around the world and to support colleagues working in difficult environments.” 

Reuters

“Reuters is committed to principles of fair, independent and impartial journalism and we feel strongly that a free press is vital to any democracy,” said Stephen J. Adler, Editor in Chief, Reuters. “We look forward to working with the One Free Press Coalition in raising awareness of the repression of journalists – including our own reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who have been imprisoned for more than a year in Myanmar – and highlighting the importance of press freedom around the world.”

Süddesutsche Zeitung (Germany)

“Intimidation, violence, incendiary speech against journalists and preventing reporters from doing their jobs are crucial issues for our profession in these times,” said Wolfgang Krach, Editor in Chief of Süddesutsche Zeitung. “As we every day see the importance of a free press all over the world and especially in countries ruled by authoritarian regimes, we are willing to take up this fight.”

TIME

“TIME is proud to stand with the One Free Press Coalition and journalists all over the world who are taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths,” said TIME Editor in Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal.

Yahoo News

“As a global news brand, Yahoo News is deeply concerned about the current climate of fear and repression that journalists around the world face today,” said Daniel Klaidman, Editor in Chief of Yahoo News. “We look forward to joining the One Free Press Coalition alongside other like-minded media brands as well as CPJ, IWMF and WEF to give a platform to journalists under attack and shed light on their important work.”

Following are quotes from One Free Press Coalition partners, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women’s Media Foundation:

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

“Journalists around the world face unprecedented threats amid global efforts to undermine press freedom and the very idea of independent media. Journalists have been jailed at record levels over the past three years and the rate of murder has recently skyrocketed,” said Executive Director Joel Simon at the Committee to Protect Journalists. “The One Free Press Coalition can draw vital attention to 10 cases that demand justice and accountability, boosting awareness of the risks journalists take and ultimately increasing their safety.”

International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)

“Every day thousands of journalists work to illuminate critical issues despite being under constant attack. Facing censorship, imprisonment and physical harm, these journalists persist so that the world can bear witness to the truth,” said IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz. “The IWMF is proud to join the One Free Press Coalition and bring attention to the numerous cases of injustice facing female journalists. We call for those in power to stop silencing public discourse; these acts of censorship cannot continue with impunity.”

 

One Free Press Coalition

The One Free Press Coalition every month spotlights the “10 Most Urgent” journalists whose press freedoms are under threat worldwide. The coalition uses the collective voices of participating news organizations to spotlight brave journalists whose voices are being silenced or have been silenced by “standing up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.” To see the “10 Most Urgent” list every month and to view a complete list of participating news organizations and supporting partners, please visit https://www.onefreepresscoalition.com or @OneFreePress on Twitter.

Contacts:

One Free Press Coalition: info@onefreepresscoalition.com or pr@onefreepresscoalition.com
Forbes on behalf of One Free Press Coalition: pr@forbes.com
CPJ:
Bebe Santa-Wood, press@cpj.org
IWMF: Charlotte Fox, cfox@iwmf.org

Katherine Love