July 14, 2006
News from the Committee to Protect Journalists
CPJ board elects Simon as executive director
Joel Simon, an advocate for international press freedom for nearly a decade, was elected CPJ’s new executive director when the board of directors met on June 20. Chairman Paul Steiger said Simon would bring “energy, intelligence and experience to CPJ and journalists around the world at this critical time for press freedom.”
Simon worked as a journalist in California and Latin America before joining CPJ as Americas program coordinator in 1997. He was promoted to deputy director in 1999, and worked closely with former Executive Director Ann Cooper to develop and strengthen CPJ’s impact. As deputy director, Simon participated in missions to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Yugoslavia, Tajikistan, Mexico, Colombia, and the Gambia and has written widely on press issues, including press freedom and international law. Cooper, who led CPJ for eight years, is now director of the broadcast program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
In meeting with Pakistani ambassador, CPJ urges murder probes
Khan, a longtime CPJ contact, was abducted last December and found dead in June. Dietz will travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan later this month to lobby for justice in the case. CPJ board member Dave Marash and former CPJ editorial director and Pakistan expert Richard Murphy will join Dietz in Islamabad.
Participants are expected to include Peter Arnett, Jane Kramer, Michael Massing, Anthony Lewis, Franz Allina, Anne Nelson, Ann Cooper, Josh Friedman and Dave Marash. The online chat is scheduled to be posted for two weeks beginning Tuesday, July 18.
To read the discussion, go to www.cpj.org.
At CPJ, Hunter-Gault offers optimism on Africa
As part of CPJ’s lunchtime discussion series, Charlayne Hunter-Gault talked about her recently released book, New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa’s Renaissance. Hunter-Gault, who spoke on June 22, offered an optimistic assessment of Africa and emphasized the vital role that local media is playing in its development.