The Committee to Protect Journalists has launched the #freethepress campaign urging the unconditional release of all imprisoned journalists.
It argues that given the COVID-19 pandemic, the approximately 250 journalists currently jailed around the world--according to its 2019 prison census--should be immediately released. "Journalism must not carry a death sentence," said CPJ.
In an open letter to world leaders, CPJ points out that those journalists have no control over their surroundings and are frequently denied the necessary medical care.
“People deprived of their liberty, and those living or working in enclosed environments in their close proximity, are likely to be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease than the general population," the World Health Organization has said.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.