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Journalists, webmasters, and students who have been jailed by their governments for simply expressing their views via the Internet should be freed immediately. Human Rights Watch marked World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2003 by launching an online campaign to profile Internet dissidents, and to encourage the international community to pressure governments for their release. (See the Human Rights Watch press release on http://www.hrw.org.)
What you can do
1. Inform yourself. Read the profiles and related information at http://wwww.hrw.org/advocacy/internet/dissidents/. Other websites that report on cyberdissidents include http://www.amnesty.org/, http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=119, http://www.dfn.org/, and http://www.cpj.org/.
2. Pick two or more prisoners, and write letters on their behalf.
3. Let us know about your activism by writing: [email protected]
4. Sign up for future updates on human rights issues and similar campaigns by writing: [email protected]
5. Ask others you know to do the same.