Forbes is well known for lists, and the most important one we’ve published in a long time sits below. It’s about a topic fundamental to living in freedom — the truth. The inaugural 10 Most Urgent list highlights some of the world’s journalists currently most endangered — truth-tellers in jail, under threat or even no longer with us, killed (and denied justice) for trying to inform the public.
The One Free Press Coalition began a few weeks ago at a dinner at the International Media Council at the World Economic Forum. As media leaders from around the world described appalling crackdowns in markets where journalists have little defense, I made a suggestion — what if those of us present banded together to support those under pressure? Specifically, shine a collective light on those threatened for trying to report the truth. TIME magazine joined us immediately. As did Yahoo News