International Press Institute (IPI) needs to strengthen efforts to liberate global colleagues: Will *YOU* help?
“(This) regime has shown, through these detentions and killing, that if you speak up against what happens, you either get detained for an endless time or you get killed.”
These are the words of Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy, interviewed by IPI just a few months after his release from Cairo’s Scorpion Prison, where he was held for 307 days without charges between 2013 and 2014.
Because as we write, three further Al Jazeera journalists – Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed – and at least 10 local journalists are sitting in prison in Egypt.
Even now, the full number remains unknown.
In Ethiopia, nine bloggers continue to endure a long and terrible wait behind bars after 11 court delays. They are being held on terrorism charges as a result of their contact with foreign human rights organisations. One editor said: “We don’t know what tomorrow holds…”
Nineteen Turkish journalists are currently in prison, many of them on what appear to be politically-motivated charges connected to their work. The vast majority are accused of ties to “illegal organizations” and remain behind bars for alleged violations of vaguely defined anti-terrorism and criminal laws.
In these cases and others around the world, IPI is actively working to free journalists who have been imprisoned for doing their jobs. They are the victims of repressive governments and restrictive laws that violate their basic right to freedom of expression.
Please support IPI’s work by donating to their Press Freedom Fund.
With your valuable assistance, they can apply the needed international pressure on behalf of these and other journalists behind bars. Thank you for being part of #WEWANTCHANGE