News from the Committee to Protect Journalists
Five to be honored at 2007 Press Freedom Awards dinner
The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor courageous journalists from Russia, Pakistan, China, and Mexico with 2007 International Press Freedom Awards on November 20. Each has put life and liberty on the line to report on stories of global significance. Dmitry Muratov of Russia, Mazhar Abbas of Pakistan, Adela Navarro Bello of Mexico, and Gao Qinrong of China have reported the news despite death threats, harassment, and imprisonment. Tom Brokaw, former anchor of the NBC Nightly News, award-winning reporter, and best-selling author, will receive CPJ’s Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement. Brokaw has been a member of CPJ’s Board of Directors since 1993.
The awards will be presented at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. David Schlesinger, editor-in-chief of Reuters, will be chairman of the black-tie dinner. NBC News anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams will host. To purchase tickets, please contact CPJ's development department at (212) 465-1004 ext. 122.
Dangerous Assignments examines Road to Justice
CPJ urges Colombia’s Uribe to retract comments
CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon wrote an open letter to the president on October 11, calling on Uribe to retract his comments publicly, to refrain from engaging in similar attacks in the future, and to ensure that Colombian authorities swiftly investigate the threats against Guillén. “The fact that a well-known journalist was forced to leave the country after Uribe’s accusations seriously damages freedom of expression in Colombia,” said Simon.
CPJ speaks out on China’s press failures
In a resolution adopted October 17, CPJ’s Board of Directors said China has failed to live up to its commitment to allow journalists to work freely, a promise its leaders made in their bid to host the Games. The board called on Beijing to release the 29 journalists now in prison for their work. The CPJ board also urged the International Olympic Committee and members of the media to put pressure on the Chinese government to fully meet the pledges it made and allow Chinese journalists the same freedoms that will be afforded to foreign reporters covering the games.
On October 15, Asia Program Coordinator Bob Dietz detailed China’s failures in an address to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In his speech, Dietz called on the Chinese government to release the imprisoned journalists and to begin dismantling the country’s vast censorship system.
Death toll rises for Iraqi journalists
In explaining the goals of CPJ he says, “I think as much as anything is that we want to make people aware of the importance of a free press, unfettered by government repression. And we want to make people aware that in so much of the world, even in emerging democracies, some of the old practices are still in place.” The full interview is available online at MSNBC.com.
CNN pledges additional funding
Photography exhibit: CPJ will co-sponsor an exhibition of Iraq war photographs by Molly Bingham at the R Street Gallery in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, which opens with a reception on November 7 and runs until November 24, will be presented along with a Bingham & Connors documentary film “Meeting Resistance.” For information, please visit the R Street Gallery Web site.