Write a Letter

CJFE writes alerts to express concern for issues of press freedom violations and to urge a specific course of action to advance the the protection of the right to freedom of expression and access to information. These alerts can also be written to commend progress made on specific issues, and to encourage a continuation of these policies and actions. Are alerts effective? Yes, they do make a difference. Mass public pressure can lead to positive change as governments come under sustained international scrutiny, particularly for countries where your own government has a strong influence. In addition, alerts provide indirect moral support to those you are advocating for, who depend on various means of advocacy to effect change in their own circumstances. Journalists who have been arrested, jailed or harassed have written to thank us for our help and support. How to write a letter of concern
  • • Do some research to understand the case you are writing about and its current status.
  • • Write a hand-written letter if possible as they are novel and feel more personal.
  • • Address your letter to the foreign official of the relevant embassy or high commission to your country. More information about titles and salutations.
  • • Use a respectful tone throughout the letter and refrain from harsh criticism and abusive language. Consider how the official will react when reading the letter. You want to engage him/her and get him/her to take your letter seriously.
  • • Briefly introduce yourself or your organization in the first paragraph, before writing about the purpose of your letter.
  • • Describe the situation and the significance of the situation before stating and explaining your specific request (e.g. We urge…, We call for…).
  • • End with a polite note thanking the official for his/her attention.
  • • Sign off with your real name, and include your contact information. Some ambassadors will reply to letters they receive.
  • • Review the letter for language and content errors, ensuring all your facts are correct.
  • • Fax or mail the letter off, and CC your ambassador in the relevant country as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Let us know if you send a letter. We would love to hear what cases have caught your attention and encourage your work. CJFE’s alerts are also available online for your reference. Please contact us at cjfe [at] cjfe.org for any further enquiries. Watch Omar Ahmad's TED talk on "Political Change with pen and paper" below. Ahmad is a member of the City Council for San Carlos, California, in the United States and a renewable energy entrepreneur.

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  • Jessica Stewart
    commented 2022-08-18 06:46:51 -0400
    A letter of concern is a formal letter that you send to someone when you have something important to say. These letters are used when you want to let someone know about something that has happened, such as if your friend has lost his wallet or if you’ve noticed that your boss is acting strangely. I suggest https://cultureofgaming.com/my-gaming-experience-how-did-i-write-an-incredible-games-based-dissertation/ for dissertation tips. You can also use a letter of concern when there’s some sort of problem in your area, like when there’s a problem with the water supply or the electricity supply.
  • Chris Warren
    commented 2022-07-04 16:22:59 -0400
    What is a proactive thing for me to do if I completely object to the extradition of Julian Assange and the dangerous implications for whistle blowers, journalists and freedoms in general should he be prosecuted in the US?