Messages to the Presidents of the World
|44th President of the United States|
|In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017|
|Vice President||Joe Biden|
|Preceded by||George W. Bush|
|Succeeded by||Donald Trump|
|United States Senator from Illinois|
|In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008|
|Preceded by||Peter Fitzgerald|
|Succeeded by||Roland Burris|
|Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district|
|In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004|
|Preceded by||Alice Palmer|
|Succeeded by||Kwame Raoul|
|Born||Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)|
|Relatives||See Family of Barack Obama|
|Awards||Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)|
re human rights
- Wondesen H.
- Monday, 11 August 2014
When U.S. President Barack Obama convened leaders from more than 40 African countries for a historic three-day summit this week, press freedom was not on the agenda. But high-level advocacy from CPJ and other groups helped draw attention to the crucial links between press freedom and development.
On Wednesday, President Obama told journalists at a news conference that the U.S. was advocating for governments to uphold press freedom in the context of ensuring good governance. He responded to a question about the case of three journalists from the international broadcast network Al-Jazeera, who are imprisoned in Egypt on spurious terrorism charges. "We've been clear both publicly and privately that they should be released," said Obama. "And we have been troubled by some of the laws that have been passed around the world that seem to restrict the ability of journalists to pursue stories."
Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a forum of civil society organizations, including CPJ, that, "We will continue to support press freedom, including for journalists charged with terrorism or imprisoned on arbitrary grounds."
That's good news, and with your support we will hold the administration to these commitments.
9 compositeClarence Page, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune and longtime CPJ board member, moderated a panel on press freedom on the sidelines of the summit. He wrote a passionate column afterward, as he was reminded about some of the African journalists who were not present - "especially those who were sitting in a prison somewhere for the alleged 'crime' of doing their jobs as journalists."
CPJ is campaigning for the release of journalists across Africa - from Egypt to Ethiopia to the Kingdom of Swaziland. We advocate directly with governments responsible for abuses, and we persuade members of the international community to use their leverage to secure reforms. This fall, we are planning a high-level mission to Egypt to win the release of all imprisoned journalists and an end to media repression.
We need your help to carry out this important work. Your support makes all the difference - to individual journalists, and to communities whose lives and livelihoods depend on access to news and information. Please make a gift today: cpj.org/donate
Thank you for all you do to support press freedom.
(Above: Nine Ethiopian journalists were arrested in April, including members of the Zone 9 bloggers' collective. Photographs courtesy of Zone 9, Addis Guday, Facebook)