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CPJ mourns the passing of Richard Holbrooke

Holbrooke with his wife, the author Kati Marton, at CPJ's International Press Freedom Awards in November. (Getty Images for CPJ/Michael Nagle)

Richard C. Holbrooke, "one of the giants of American foreign policy" in President Barack Obama's words, was also an ally of press freedom and a good friend to CPJ. In a statement marking Holbrooke's death at age 69, Chairman Paul E. Steiger said: "CPJ mourns the passing of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke. He was a champion of human rights and a great friend to press freedom. Our thoughts are with his family, especially his widow, CPJ board member and former chair, Kati Marton." 

December 14, 2010 2:15 PM ET

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CPJ's Smyth in Harvard Review: Facing impunity is key

Harvard International Review ran a feature article called "Murdering With Impunity: The Rise in Terror Tactics Against News Reporters," by CPJ's Journalist Security Coordinator Frank Smyth in its Fall 2010 issue, billed as a symposium focused on changes in journalism and press freedom. Editors-in-Chief Collin Galster and Gloria Park write in the printed issue's foreword: 

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A reporter's war through the lens of Broadway

Laura Linney and Brian D'Arcy James play  journalists pulled apart by their wartime experiences in "Time Stands Still." (Joan Marcus)

It takes a certain kind of person to cover a war up close and personal, day after day. One such journalist is Sarah Goodwin, the photographer in "Time Stands Still" by playwright Donald Margulies.

October 21, 2010 1:40 PM ET

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Blog   |   CPJ, Equatorial Guinea

Obiang prize suspended indefinitely

The Obiang prize, named for and funded by one of Africa's most notorious dictators, was a very poor idea from the start and our goal, bluntly, was to kill it. We didn't quite succeed in getting an outright cancellation, but the prize, while technically alive, is in a deep coma with virtually no chance of recovery. How the prize came to a halt is detailed in a press release available on the website of the Open Society Institute's Justice Initiative, but here's the story in a nutshell.

October 21, 2010 12:55 PM ET

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Blog   |   CPJ, Mexico

At PEN, CPJ event, Mexico press crisis examined

The line of people at the stairs leading down to the Great Hall at Cooper Union in lower Manhattan formed early and turned into an audience of 500. They came to hear prominent Mexican and U.S. writers and free expression advocates assess, denounce, and seek solutions to the wave of violence wracking Mexican media.

October 21, 2010 12:50 PM ET

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Asia program now on Facebook, Twitter

Until now, CPJ's Asia program has relied largely on email blasts to get the word out when we post something new on CPJ.org. Today we launched our Facebook and Twitter pages. Like us and follow us for an inside look at the Asia program and quick, timely updates on our alerts and blogs. We also hope you'll take the opportunity to interact with each other on these social networks.

October 18, 2010 2:58 PM ET

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Blog   |   CPJ, Mexico

PEN, CPJ call attention to Mexico press crisis

"Tell them not to kill me!" pleads a man in the opening lines of a fascinating tale of violence with the same title by one of Mexico's most esteemed writers, Juan Rulfo. It is, sadly, the same cry for help that Mexican journalists are sending out to the world today. On Tuesday, October 19, prominent writers and journalists from Mexico and the United States will gather in New York for "State of Emergency: Censorship by Bullet in Mexico," an evening of readings and discussions about the threats facing members of the Mexican press who report on drug-related violence.

October 14, 2010 3:30 PM ET

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Blog   |   CPJ, Russia

Russian journalists detail FSB and 'New Nobility'

How do you crack Russia's vaunted security service? You go to low- and mid-level officials for information, say Russian journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, authors of the new book, The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB. At a luncheon for CPJ supporters on Thursday, Soldatov and Borogan detailed how today's Federal Security Service, or FSB, enjoys the impunity of the noble classes of bygone eras. And, of course, the authors discussed how they managed to get information about the secretive agency.

October 8, 2010 9:22 AM ET

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CPJ en Español is now on Facebook

We're pleased to launch CPJ's official Facebook page in Spanish, CPJ en Español. We hope to engage our followers throughout Latin America in an ongoing conversation about press freedom challenges in the region.

September 2, 2010 1:52 PM ET

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What's new on the CPJ Blog

You may have noticed a few changes we've made to the CPJ Blog recently. Here's what's new (with much thanks to our Web developer, John Emerson):

Our bylines are now clickable. You can see a staffer's (or guest blogger's) entries on one page by clicking, giving you an overview of blogs written by, say, Bob Dietz, our Asia program coordinator.

We've also added small photos and brief bios at the tops of pages and at the bottom of individual entries.

We've also created tag clouds on the blog. Look at the right-hand column: Topics are prominently displayed, as are categories, below that.

Another new feature is the drop-down list of authors, also in the right-hand column: "Entries by Author."

By showing you a little more about who we are and where we come from, we hope this brings our work within closer reach. Our goal is to get you reading, and caring, about journalists and the press in danger around the world. 

August 24, 2010 1:47 PM ET

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