News from the Committee to Protect Journalists
A look behind the ‘Moroccan Façade’
Dangers grow for Russian press, CPJ tells caucus
Russian journalists Yuri Bagrov and Fatima Tlisova joined CPJ Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova on June 28 to brief the Congressional Human Rights Caucus about widespread impunity in attacks on the Russian press. The reporters recently left Russia after repeated threats. The delegation voiced its deep concern about the growing number of critical Russian journalists murdered, attacked, and threatened in retaliation for their work, along with the failure of Russian authorities to apprehend and punish those responsible. CPJ research shows that Russia is the third deadliest country in the world for journalists.
Hundreds of journalists in exile, CPJ finds in new report
Journalist assistance program reunites a family
CPJ welcomes to the United States 4-year-old Stanley Mathieu, son of Haitian journalists Rony and Micheline Mathieu, radio reporters who came to this country after receiving death threats in 2005 in response to Rony Mathieu’s reporting on police misconduct. The child was reunited with his parents last week in New York after being separated for nearly two years. CPJ’s journalist assistance program worked with the Mathieus on their asylum application and subsequent petition for Stanley’s visa.
CPJ urges action in meetings with Mexican officials
CPJ Americas Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría traveled to Mexico City on June 25 to meet with the special prosecutor for crimes against the press, along with top federal prosecutors, legislators, journalists, and advocates. He also participated in a June 28 forum organized by the Rory Peck Trust on press freedom conditions in Mexico.
News and Notes
CPJ Program Coordinator Bob Dietz outlined the emerging role of fixers and the dangers they face in Afghanistan and Iraq during a June 26 panel, “Fixers on the Frontlines,” sponsored by the Steven Vincent Foundation and Friends of Jassim. Dietz was joined by former Pakistani fixer Majeed Babar, filmmaker Micah Garen, Iraqi journalist Ayub Nuri, George Packer of The New Yorker, and Lisa Ramaci, the widow of slain U.S. journalist Steven Vincent.
CPJ board member Gene Roberts led a luncheon discussion on June 21 on his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, written with Hank Klibanoff. The book describes how the U.S. press came to recognize the importance of the civil rights struggle and turn it into one of the most significant domestic news events of the 20th century.
Board member Norman Pearlstine will lead a July 17 luncheon discussion on his new book, Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources. The discussion will be at CPJ offices from 12:30 to 2 p.m. To attend, please contact Denise Abatemarco at email@example.com or (212) 465 9344 Ext. 122. Space is limited.