CJP urges release of all jailed journalists globally amid coronavirus pandemic
PESHAWAR: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent watchdog body, has called for unconditional release of all jailed journalists around the world to ensure their safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
“CPJ has long held the view that jailing journalists for what they publish, broadcast, or write is a violation of international law,” Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director, said in a press release, which cited the World Health Organization’s determination that prisoners were vulnerable to the virus.
“But”, he said, “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.”
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, endorsed CJP’s appeal. – APP