American media and tech companies join the ‘Press Freedom campaign’

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and the Committee to Protect Journalists are leading a press freedom movement along with 30+ partners, including CNN in US.

Named the Protect Press Freedom campaign, it aims to educate Americans about the threats to press freedom, reinforce the values underpinning the free press, and celebrate the diverse journalism that keeps the public informed the groups said. And to do so they will use video, radio, digital, print, and social media assets. The campaign hopes to communicate a simple, powerful truth: “In order to be free, we must be informed.”

The partners who have agreed to run PSAs and ads include: CBS, CNN, NBC, Reuters, Facebook, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Sinclair, NPR, Twitter, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Barron’s, McClatchy, Scripps, Gannett/USA Today Network, and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

RCFP exec director Bruce Brown said in a CNN report: “We’re proud to bring news outlets and organizations together to have a conversation with the public about press freedom and encourage people to stand up for their right to information.”