One Free Press Coalition's '10 Most Urgent' list, May 2021

Yahoo News Staff
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Yahoo News, a member of the One Free Press Coalition, is publishing the group’s latest “10 Most Urgent” list below to highlight the increasingly dangerous climate for journalists around the world.

1. Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco (Mozambique)

Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco. (Facebook)
Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco. (Facebook)

Mozambican radio reporter and human rights advocate in Cabo Delgado, has been missing for over a year as conflict in the region escalates. Family and colleagues still have no information on his whereabouts after he sent an SOS text saying he was “surrounded by soldiers.”

2. Kasra Nouri (Iran)

Kasra Nouri (via Facebook)
Kasra Nouri (via Facebook)

Journalist, serving a 12-year sentence related to his coverage of religious protests in 2018, has spent a significant amount of time in solitary confinement, been moved multiple times, and his family is currently unable to communicate with him.

3. Pham Chi Dung (Vietnam)

Vietnamese bloggers Pham Chi Dung, right, Nguyen Tuong Thuy and Le Huu Minh Tuan during their trial in Ho Chi Minh city in January. (STR/Vietnam News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
Vietnamese bloggers Pham Chi Dung, right, Nguyen Tuong Thuy and Le Huu Minh Tuan during their trial in Ho Chi Minh city in January. (STR/Vietnam News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)

Freelance internet reporter and founding chairman of a civil society organization advocating for press freedom is serving a 15-year prison sentence on anti-state charges after calling on the EU to postpone trade agreements until Vietnam improves its human rights record.

4. Ahmed Humaidan (Bahrain)

A Bahraini photographer holds up a cutout picture of jailed photographer Ahmed Humaidan in 2014. (Hasan Jamali/AP)
A Bahraini photographer holds up a cutout picture of jailed photographer Ahmed Humaidan in 2014. (Hasan Jamali/AP)

Photographer covering protests in Bahrain was arrested while documenting protesters attacking a police station in 2012, and sentenced to ten years behind bars in 2014. He recently contracted and recovered from COVID-19 while imprisoned.

5. Esraa Abdelfattah (Egypt)

Longtime blogger, journalist and activist reporting on human rights has been held on false news and anti-state charges since 2019, and has had her pretrial detention extended. She has gone on hunger strikes multiple times to protest her sentence and treatment.

6. Leonardo Sakamoto and the team at Repórter Brasil (Brazil)

Leonardo Sakamoto. (Twitter)
Leonardo Sakamoto. (Twitter)

Leonardo Sakamoto is the president of Repórter Brasil, an investigative reporting organization, focused on issues from human trafficking to workers’ rights to environmental degradation. The outlet has faced online attacks, attempted break-ins and anonymous threats.

7. Sandhya Ravishankar (India)

Sandhya Ravishankar. (Twitter)
Sandhya Ravishankar. (Twitter)

Freelance journalist reporting on elections, politics and corruption, including on Tamil Nadu’s sand mafia and beach sand mining, has faced years of threats and harassment, including death and rape threats, doxing, and a 2018 attempt to sabotage her motorbike.

8. Agnieszka Pikulicka (Uzbekistan)

Agnieszka Pikulicka. (Twitter)
Agnieszka Pikulicka. (Twitter)

Freelance correspondent threatened publicly by Uzbek Interior Ministry with potential lawsuits in relation to her reporting on the attack of an LGBTQ activist.

9. Katsiaryna Barysevich (Belarus)

Katsiaryna Barysevich. (Sergei Sheleg/BelTA, Pool via AP)
Katsiaryna Barysevich. (Sergei Sheleg/BelTA, Pool via AP)

Correspondent for the independent news website Tut.by was sentenced earlier this year to six months behind bars for her coverage of protests in Belarus in 2020.

10. Daria Komarova (Russia)

Russian journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been put on three trials in relation to her coverage of pro-Navalny protests, facing potential fines and administrative detention.

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