One Free Press Coalition
Since 1992 1,337 journalist around the world have lost their lives in connection to their job. 857 of those were murdered for doing their job. Think about that because that is more than half of the journalist. In 2018 53+ journalist were murdered around the world.
The most dangerous sector of the US media after 1980 has been the race and ethnic press. Chauncey Bailey, who was the editor at a large circulation African American newspaper, was murdered in 2007 for his investigative reporting. In some cases, journalists have been attacked but survived.
Numerous journalists have been murdered or deliberately injured in the United States while reporting, covering a military conflict, or because of their status as a journalist.
What I found wasn't a complete list of murdered Journalist but... Recorded so far on the Wiki Page ... Since the year 1900 33 Journalist in the United States have been murdered in the United States. Since the year 1990 11 Journalist have been murdered inside the United States for doing their job. Three of those were murdered in June of 2018.
So if you are thinking, "Thank God I don't have to worry about that sort of thing happening in the US - think again.
Those carrying out the murders are individuals included in investigative news articles, Governments, Police, gangs, mobs, terrorist, religious institutions, and people carrying out hit jobs.
The creation of One Free Press Coalition
The creation of One Free Press Coalition (#OneFreePress) uses the collective audiences of member organizations to stand up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth worldwide.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the public are also encouraged to join the conversation using #OneFreePress and following developments on Twitter @OneFreePress.
If you are a Press Journalist then please consider joining this organization because they will be helping you for years to come. Regardless of where you are you now have a voice willing to fight for what you believe in. Free Press should be a right regardless of what corner of the world you live and work in. It should not be a profession of fear.