CPJ Events

8th Al Jazeera Forum "Change in the Arab World: Where To?"

Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator, will attend Al Jazeera's 8th Annual Forum, "Change in the Arab World: Where to?" The forum seeks to discuss the transformations of the Arab revolutions through diverse activities, starting with a review of transition paths, followed by the identification of obstacles, and finally (among other objectives), the anticipation of the future of the Arab world and trends of change. The forum will host a wide array of scholars, experts, politicians, journalists and youth and civil society organization activists from around the world in order to create profound dialogue on the topic.

Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, along with a number of institutions within the network including Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, the Department of Public Liberties and Human Rights, Al Jazeera Net, Al Jazeera English Online and the Department of Innovation and Incubation will hold several sessions over three days. Most of the forum's sessions will be broadcasted live on Al Jazeera Mubasher.

May 26, 2015

Remembering Fallen Journalists + Social Good

On World Press Freedom Day global citizens and members of the news media community including, the Committee to Protect Journalists, will come together in a moment of silence to remember journalists who have died while bearing witness. Join the moment of silence online by using/posting/tweeting #remembering between 6pm & 9pm local time on May 3rd, 2015. Learn more by liking the event on Facebook, or by visiting Remembering Fallen Journalists.

May 3, 2015

World Press Freedom Day 2015: Let Journalism Thrive

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their professio. Over 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day. UNESCO leads the worldwide celebration by identifying the global thematic and organizing the main event in different parts of world every year.

The international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.

May 3, 2015

Difference Day - European Gala for Freedom of Expression

In celebration of World Press Freedom Day, the Brussels Platform for Journalism will host Difference Day - European Gala for freedom of expression.The program includes an afternoon of films and debates, and an evening section during which global, European and national level-awards will be presented.

May 3, 2015

Launch of Annual Publication, Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Front Lines

In honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the Committee to Protect Journalists will release its annual assessment of the state of press freedom worldwide, Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Front Lines, at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 27.

April 27, 2015

Freelancers at Risk: Photojournalism and the Call for Global Safety Standards

In light of the increasing brutality against journalists overseas, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Committee to Protect Journalists will present a frank conversation titled "Freelancers at Risk: Photojournalism and the Call for Global Safety Standards." Panelists from journalism organizations in London, New York, Boston and Washington will discuss baseline standards for hiring and protecting freelance journalists working in war zones.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, David Rohde, formerly with the New York Times and now with Reuters, will moderate the first panel, "Freelance Photographers." He was kidnapped and held for seven months in Taliban captivity in Afghanistan before his escape in 2009. Charles Sennott, co-founder of GlobalPost, one of the publications for which James Foley was working when he was taken hostage in Syria, will moderate the second panel, "Implementing the Guidelines."

April 23, 2015

CIMA presents "Journalism on the Offensive in Africa"

Throughout Africa journalists are being harassed, threatened, and killed for doing their jobs. Though polls show that most Africans support free media and democratic institutions, many self-serving African political leaders are trying to reverse democratic gains by repressing media freedom. For World Press Freedom Day, the Center for International Media Assistance is bringing together some of the leading independent journalists in Africa to highlight their resistance against repressive governments throughout the continent. This daylong event will feature panels on digital media, investigative journalism, and the international community's role on the continent. It will conclude with the premiere of a film produced by the Nairobi-based InformAction, entitled Guidebook to Impunity, and a networking reception sponsored by Freedom House and the Open Society Foundations.

Featured participants include Congresswoman Karen Bass; Ambassador Princeton Lyman; Maini Kiai, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of freedom of assembly and association; and journalists from Ethiopia, Burundi, The Gambia, Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria. For more information, please visit the event page.

April 22, 2015

¿QUÉ ONDA?: Bearing Witness

On April 15 at El Museo del Barrio, Carlos Lauria, Americas director of the New York-based Committee for the Protection of Journalists; and Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, El Museo's curator will discuss what it means to bear witness through music, words, and images. The event will explore how artists, musicians, and journalists in Mexico speak out against corruption and intimidation.

April 15, 2015

Press Uncuffed: #FreeThePress Panel at Newseum

On March 26, join Courtney Radsch of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Dana Priest of The Washington Post, and three students from the University of Maryland for a panel at the Newseum on press freedom and the hostile environment that journalists face around the world. You can also be among the first to hear about Press Uncuffed: #FreeThePress, a campaign supporting journalists who have been jailed for covering sensitive topics such as corruption or human rights abuses.

March 26, 2015

The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

From Egypt to Mexico, Russia to Syria, journalists are increasingly coming under attack. They are murdered, imprisoned and intimidated for doing their job. If this continues we will face a growing crisis in information - a shortage of the news that we need to make sense of our globalised world, and to fight human rights abuses, understand conflict, and hold power to account.

March 17, 2015