The One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack

WIRED | 7/1/2019 | WIRED Staff
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In May 2019, WIRED joined the One Free Press Coalition, a united group of pre-eminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide. Today, the coalition is issuing the fifth monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases are seeking justice.

Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered columnist for The Washington Post, remains atop the list following a UN report that blames Saudi Arabia for his murder. Norma Sarabia is on the list now too: So far in 2019, Mexico is the deadliest country for journalists. At least 3 journalists have been confirmed killed in connection to their work, and CPJ is investigating another 4 additional killings to determine if the journalists were killed in relation to their work.

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Here is July's list, ranked in order of urgency:

1. Jamal Khashoggi (Saudi Arabia): New UN report squarely blames Saudi Arabia and implicates prince for journalist’s murder.

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Despite the scathing report and earlier findings from the CIA that point to the Saudi crown prince’s involvement, there’s still no independent investigation into the Virginia resident’s brutal murder at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Calls for the White House to release intelligence reports have gone unheeded, along with a deadline to reply to Congress as required under the U.S. Global Magnitsky Act.

2. Norma Sarabia (Mexico): Crime reporter shot to death at her home in Mexico.

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The correspondent for Diario Presente and Tabasco HOY was shot and killed at her home in Tabasco state, Mexico, on June 11. Sarabia had been covering crime and violence and received threats in 2014 for her reporting. The Tabasco state attorney general’s office said it had opened an investigation into the murder, but the killer remains at large.

3. Marzieh Amiri (Iran): Journalist arrested covering May Day demonstrations.


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