The Erased

The Erased: unifying against censorship

Over 300 journalists are imprisoned worldwide

In 2023 we first launched our 'The Erased' campaign for World Press Freedom Day (3 May) to turn all eyes on the danger of censorship and the hundreds of imprisoned journalists worldwide. Most of the time, the stories of these journalists remain untold - because what is not published cannot be read. With The Erased's unique and specially designed font we make them visible. Media outlets and organisations from all over the world join the campaign and unite against censorship. In 2024 we launch the campaign for the second time.

The Erased uses a unique font that links every single one of the 320 imprisoned journalists in 2023 to a censored word, and erases these words from participating (news) websites worldwide. This symbolises the importance of free, independent journalism and the danger of censorship. It takes away our right to know. 

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Hero stories

Screenshot Moscow Times homepage with The Erased font
The Moscow Times also participated and installed The Erased font.

Besides making censorship visible, The Erased also shines a light on the heroic journalists that face arrest, assaults or imprisonment. Each erased word symbolises a currently imprisoned journalist. Through all participating platforms, people can click through to a website on which these words become visible and tell the stories of journalists who faced imprisonment or legal threats through in-depth interviews. 

“Both I and the people around me were targeted by the government. It eventually forced me to go into exile. (...) My aim is to show everyone that giving up is not an option. As journalists, it is our duty to hold those in power accountable.” - Solomon Amabo, Cameroon, one of the featured journalists

The ‘The Erased’ campaign features the stories of journalists who have been censored while writing about a censored topic. This way we visualise and contextualise what happens when we lose press freedom. These journalists are heroes: they were silenced while remaining resilient in doing what mattered most. These erased stories will be told through this campaign, standing up against the censorship put upon them.

Read the stories of 2024

Read the stories of 2023

In our "The Erased' dossier you can find everything concerning The Erased and the issue of censorship and imprisonment of journalists.

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You can also visit 'The Erased' website and learn more.

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