In light of the recent imprisonment and release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling, now is the time to stop violence against female journalists around the world.
These women who fight every day to have stories told are constantly berated and threatened just to get this information to you. It’s easy to think that this sort of thing happens only in developing countries, but it happens here, too! A recent survey found that a staggering 82% of female reporters worldwide have been threatened or attacked because of their work.
Everyday they write articles knowing that it can ultimately lead to their persecution, but they do it anyway to release the truth to the masses. It’s time to stop the silencing of female journalists.
Here’s what you can do to help:
– Ask your senators to support the Daniel Pearl Act, which helps monitor violations of press freedoms.
– Join The Committee to Protect Journalists, which helps reporters working within authoritarian governments get their voices heard.
– Visit imwf.org to petition for already imprisoned journalists.
Most importantly, remember our rights for a free press. We are all entitled to that. Whenever a reporter is silenced, so are we!