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Al Jazeera to highlight assaults on journalists with 'The Demand Press Freedom' campaign

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By Taruka Srivastav | Reporter

June 23, 2018 | 2 min read

Al Jazeera has launched The Demand Press Freedom campaign one year after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE launched a blockade against Qatar and called for the Doha-based network to be shut down.

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Al Jazeera to highlight assaults on journalists with 'The Demand Press Freedom' campaign / Al Jazeera

As part of the campaign, the network will host a series of events and international forums to highlight the conditions of journalists arrested across the world, assaults on media organisations, and attempts to silence the press.

According to Reporters Without Borders, 35 journalists have been killed so far this year - at least 11 of them in Afghanistan.

Mostefa Souag, Al Jazeera Media Network’s acting director said: "Al Jazeera may be the one media organisation which 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. We continue to support press freedom and highlight the suffering of journalists and media professionals around the world."

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