CPJ draws spotlight on Sri Lanka during CHOGM
In the weeks leading up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the Committee to Protect Journalists and Speak Justice launched a campaign to draw attention to Sri Lanka's abysmal press freedom record.
- First, CPJ issued a letter to more than 50 Commonwealth leaders calling on them to urge the Sri Lankan government to end its assaults on the press and investigate journalist murders.
- That same week, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his decision to not attend the summit, citing Sri Lanka's poor record on human rights.
- Within one day, we had more than 100 supporters.
- We quickly surpassed our goal of 250 supporters.
- CPJ and others engaged officials on press freedom and human rights in Sri Lanka.
- UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would be attending the summit, but would call for an investigation into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India and Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam also announced their decision to not attend CHOGM.
- The Thunderclap went live during the opening ceremony of CHOGM. More than 300 supporters with a combined social media reach of almost 2.5 million joined CPJ in drawing attention to Sri Lanka's press freedom record.
- Human rights groups, freedom of expression advocates, journalists, and politicians across the world joined CPJ's call. Partners included: Human Rights Watch, IFEX, Article 19, English PEN, Index on Censorship, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Groundviews, Sri Lanka Campaign, No Fire Zone, Freedom Network among others.
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