CJFE writes alerts to express concern for issues of press freedom violations and to urge a specific course of action to advance the the protection of the right to freedom of expression and access to information. These alerts can also be written to commend progress made on specific issues, and to encourage a continuation of these policies and actions.
Are alerts effective? Yes, they do make a difference. Mass public pressure can lead to positive change as governments come under sustained international scrutiny, particularly for countries where your own government has a strong influence.
In addition, alerts provide indirect moral support to those you are advocating for, who depend on various means of advocacy to effect change in their own circumstances. Journalists who have been arrested, jailed or harassed have written to thank us for our help and support.
How to write a letter of concern
Let us know if you send a letter. We would love to hear what cases have caught your attention and encourage your work. CJFE’s alerts are also available online for your reference. Please contact us at cjfe [at] cjfe.org for any further enquiries.
Watch Omar Ahmad's TED talk on "Political Change with pen and paper" below. Ahmad is a member of the City Council for San Carlos, California, in the United States and a renewable energy entrepreneur.