Al Jazeera has launched a Demand Press Freedom campaign to call for the safety and protection of journalists worldwide.
The campaign, launched on 22 June, comes a year after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates called for the closure of the Doha-based pan-Arab TV network.
Al Jazeera’s acting director Mostefa Souag said the network “has suffered the most and has been targeted for its professional reporting”.
“Our journalists have been threatened, imprisoned, tortured, and killed, our offices have been bombed, our signals have been blocked, our websites hacked, and our social media accounts taken down,” he said.
A year ago, the Twitter account of Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language channel was suspended due to “an organised campaign”.
It was later restored.
“Al Jazeera renews its calls for the safety and protection of journalists worldwide and calls on governments to adhere to international covenants, treaties and legal obligations,” said Souag.
According to Reporters Without Borders, 35 journalists have been killed so far this year – at least 11 of them in Afghanistan.
At least 168 journalists are languishing in jail worldwide, according to the media rights group.