COVID-19, Free All Detained Journalists, CPJ Calls on World Leaders

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The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday launched the #FreeThePress campaign, calling for the immediate release of all jailed journalists to ensure their safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CPJ stated that its annual census reveled that about 240 journalists are currently been detained in countries across the globe.

It alleged that the detained journalists are held in detention facilities due to their works.

“Those journalists now face a potential death sentence.

“The World Health Organization has said prisoners are particularly vulnerable to the virus, as self-isolation in jail is impossible, and prisoners are routinely denied medical treatment.

On Monday, WHO/Europe has published interim guidance on how to deal with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in prisons

“CPJ has long held the view that jailing journalists for what they publish, broadcast, or write is a violation of International Law,” said Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director.

“But our current appeal is of a humanitarian nature. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly through prisons. We urge world leaders to take quick and decisive action to free all journalists behind bars, as a matter of life and death.” CPJ stated.

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