Three years ago, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong stood with our Al Jazeera English colleagues convicted in Egypt in a shocking attack on press freedom everywhere.
Today, we reiterate that call on behalf of Al Jazeera itself.
More than ever, the Gulf region and the world need the services of a news-gathering organisation that brings a unique, informed perspective.
To those that demand that Al Jazeera be shut down, and those that attack the work of our colleagues as fake news:
We demand journalists be able to do their jobs free from intimidation and threat.
We demand diversity of thought and opinion be cherished, not feared.
We demand the public have access to unbiased information.
We demand journalists not be treated as criminals.
We demand those without a voice be heard.
We demand press freedom.
You can join the conversation and share your demands using the hashtag #DemandPressFreedom.
The Human Rights Press Awards are run by the FCC, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association. The ceremony took place in May 2017. Click here to see the winners.