Interviews with former prisoners indicate that collective advocacy and an international unified stand against injustice has often pressured governments to release those unjustly detained. Lawyers and families of prisoners regularly present petitions to courts, officials and press to affirm the innocence of their loved ones.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of two jailed Myanmar journalists employed by Reuters and held since 12th December 2017 facing up to 14 years in prison.
Raef Badawi, a Saudi Arabian citizen-journalist, website creator and winner of the 2014 Reporters Without Borders Prize, was unjustly and barbarically sentenced in September to 10 years in prison in Saudi Arabia and 1,000 lashes.
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian charity worker employed by the Thomson-Reuters Foundation was arrested in Iran on 3 April 2016, on her way out of the country after taking her 22-month year old daughter Gabriella to celebrate the Iranian New Year with family members living in Tehran. she was accused of ‘attempting to overthrow the Islamic Republic’ and was unjustly sentenced to 5 years in September 2016. Her health is deteriorating as she continues the battle for freedom.