30th Anniversary

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CPJ at 30: Celebrating the struggle

CPJ founders and board members along with supporters and friends filed into Columbia University's Italian Academy on Thursday for a series of events to mark the 30 years of CPJ's existence. The celebration started with a 20-minute sneak peek at a feature-length documentary about CPJ that will be released later this year. 

March 9, 2011 4:12 PM ET

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Thirty years on, CPJ gathers lessons and looks forward

British journalists Ian Mather, Tony Prime, and Simon Winchester in an Argentine police station after their arrest during the Falklands War in 1982. The three were one of CPJ's first cases. (Simon Winchester)

Journalists rarely report on themselves. But in 1981, when two of them heard about a Paraguayan reporter who had been arrested and was facing a potential prison term simply for reporting the news, they were convinced that it was time to act. It was this desire to help a colleague under threat that was the seed that spawned the Committee to Protect Journalists. Since then, CPJ has grown to a fully staffed organization advocating globally for press freedom.

March 1, 2011 11:25 AM ET

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