News from the Committee to Protect Journalists
|Attacks on the Press will launch in six cities globally
| CPJ will be releasing its annual comprehensive survey of press freedom around the world, Attacks on the Press, in six cities on Tuesday, February 16.
This year’s edition features a preface about the increased vulnerability of freelance journalists working around the globe by Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria.
If you’d like to order a copy of the book, please go the Brookings Institution. Attacks on the Press will be released simultaneously on our Web site, www.cpj.org.
|Impunity: Finding justice for the fallen
| CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon writes about the issue of impunity in the murders of journalists in the January 26 issue of Index on Censorship, outlining how press freedom advocates can combat the culture impunity and find justice for the fallen.
Simon describes the years-long fight for justice in places like the Philippines and Russia, two of the world’s worst countries for impunity in the cases of murdered journalists. High-profile cases like those of Anna Politkovskaya in Russia, or Marlene Garcia-Esperat in the Philippines are emblematic of a larger problem that needs a systematic and organized approach like CPJ’s Global Campaign Against Impunity, he argues. With the help of groups like the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which generously funds the work of CPJ and regional organizations like the Inter-American Press Association, press freedom advocates are able to more effectively combat impunity around the world.
Read the full article at Index on Censorship.
|‘Earthquake in Haiti’ series on CPJ Blog
| Haitian journalist Jean Roland Chery has been blogging from CPJ’s offices in New York as part of an ongoing series detailing the struggles of the Haitian media as they try to rebound from the devastating earthquake that struck in January. Chery has found that the greatest difficulty Haitian journalists face is the loss of colleagues and family members. Entire media outlets have been destroyed and most are operating at partial capacity, if at all.
“Earthquake in Haiti: Reporting in the Ruins” also features pieces by guest blogger Garry Pierre-Pierre and CPJ staffers. You can read the entire series, including Chery’s most recent piece “Provisional media death toll rising in Haiti,” on the CPJ Blog.
|CPJ awardee founds Somali media organization
| Mustafa Haji Abdinur, a recipient of CPJ’s 2009 International Press Freedom Award and editor in chief of Radio Simba, has been a leading force in the foundation of a new media NGO, Somali Media for Peace and Development (SOMEPED). The organization, endorsed this month by the National Union of the Somali Journalists, will seek to aid local Somali journalists in their work as well as build a positive image of the press.
Abdinur told us how receiving CPJ’s award was an integral step toward the formation of SOMEPED. “I was recognized for being committed to advocating for free press and that is why I’m so encouraged to bring something that could make sense for my country and people,” he said. “We need as journalists to champion for peace.”
|CPJ welcomes José Barbeito as our new Americas Research Associate. An Argentine native from Tucumán province, Barbeito has a bachelor’s degree in law and is currently doing a master’s in Media Studies at The New School University in New York. Between 2007 and 2009, José worked as a researcher for the Foundation for the Press Freedom in Colombia (FLIP). At FLIP, Barbeito researched and wrote different kinds of publications-news alerts, reports, manuals, and press releases-conducted interviews with journalists, editors, and officials, and directed workshops on access to public information. José also interned at Buenos Aires-based newspaper La Nacion and CNN en Espanol.