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):
The late Miroslava Breach Velducea, correspondent at La Jornada, Mexico
Maria Ressa, founder of Rappler, The Philippines
Tran Thi Nga, prominent human rights blogger, Vietnam
Azimjon Askarov, award winning journalist, Kyrgyzstan
Rana Ayyub, an independent journalist, India
Miguel Mora and Lucia Pineda Ubau, journalists at 100% Noticias, Nicaragua
Anna Nimiriano, editor of Juba Monitor, South Sudan
Amade Abubacar, radio journalist, Mozambique
Claudia Duque, a veteran investigative reporter, Colombia
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.