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Campaign highlights plight of jailed journalists in lead up to World Press Freedom Day

WAN-IFRA is posting daily profiles of imprisoned journalists and calling for action
WAN-IFRA is posting daily profiles of imprisoned journalists and calling for action

http://www.wan-ifra.org/microsites/30-days-for-freedom

The 30 Days for Freedom campaign highlights the plight of jailed journalists worldwide by focusing on 30 individuals currently imprisoned because of their work.

Join us in '30 Days for Freedom'

On Friday 4 April 2014, WAN-IFRA launched an exciting online campaign to highlight the plight of jailed journalists worldwide.

In the 30-day lead up to 3 May World Press Freedom Day, WAN-IFRA is publishing daily profiles of imprisoned journalists and encouraging members to share information about their cases across digital networks and social media platforms.

Using the hashtag #FreethePress, we aim to create a Twitter campaign that has global impact.

We will be encouraging people to Tweet protest letters to relevant heads of state and widely share information about our selection of imprisoned journalists in an effort to raise global awareness around the individuals who have been sent to jail simply for doing their jobs.

In 2013, according to reasearch by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 211 journalists were listed as imprisoned - the second highest number on record. WAN-IFRA's 2014 Golden Pen of Freedom laureate, Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, is one of those.

While Eskinder will become our focus for 3 May and beyond, in the build-up to World Press Freedom Day we will explore the issues surrounding the detention and imprisonment of journalists around the globe by highlighting individual cases that show why this is such a critical issue for press freedom worldwide.

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