Thursday, August 6, 2020
Wednesday 5 August, Free Press Unlimited stood at the entrance of the BNR Nieuwsradio and Financieel Dagblad newsrooms in Amsterdam, for the #UnmaskTheTruth campaign. Several staff members were photographed to show their support for threatened journalists worldwide.

Over the whole world, journalists are being silenced and hindered in their efforts to report the truth and hold those in power accountable for their deeds. Journalism is not a crime. The campaign #UnmaskTheTruth calls for a show of solidarity for all journalists who are under pressure and hindered by violence, censorship or prosecution.

Unmask The Truth actie bij BNR en FD

Marieke Le Poole, Head of Marketing and Communications at Free Press Unlimited: “We started this campaign because reliable information can save lives, especially in times of crisis. That is why journalists must be able to do their work without being in danger. The silencing of journalists must stop.”

Several editors, writers and journalists responded to the call yesterday and took a photo wearing a mask with Unmask The Truth or Stop Silencing Journalists written on it. Staff of Free Press Unlimited asked them why they thought it was important to speak out on this. Meredith Greer, editor at BNR and columnist: “Free journalism is the basis of every democratic constitutional state.”

Fotograaf op de foto voor Unmask The Truth

Solidarity Wall

In the coming weeks, the photos will be shared through our online channels and added to the Solidarity Wall. Since the campaign kicked off on 4 August, over 40 people have already shown their solidarity.

Ruth Kronenburg, Director of Free Press Unlimited, also calls for solidarity: “We urge all governments to protect journalists, their sources and their work. Without journalists we do not know what is going on in the world and what is true or false.”

Want to participate in the campaign? Request your free mask here and send a photo and a quote stating why you think it’s important to show your solidarity to social@freepressunlimited.org.

Photos: Jeppe Schilder