New York, March 30, 2015–New York Times Deputy Executive Editor Susan Chira and David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine, joined the Committee to Protect Journalists’ board of directors, the organization said today.
“These two immensely accomplished editors will contribute greatly to CPJ’s advocacy for our colleagues around the world at a time when journalists are in greater than ever danger of being killed or imprisoned,” said Sandra Mims Rowe, chairman of the board. “We are extremely proud to have David Remnick and Susan Chira join us in our work.”
Susan Chira has been deputy executive editor of The New York Times since September 2014. She previously served as the Times foreign editor, editor of the Week in Review section, and Tokyo correspondent, among other positions, and she is the author of one book.
”To bear witness, journalists must survive to tell their stories,” Chira said. “CPJ’s important mission is to sound the alarm and muster help when journalists anywhere are threatened or targeted in an attempt to silence them. I could not be prouder to join CPJ’s board to contribute to that vital task.”
David Remnick was appointed editor of The New Yorker in 1998. In addition to other awards, he is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award for his nonfiction book Lenin’s Tomb. Remnick has lent his support to human rights campaigns and written about many of the world’s most pressing issues, including freedom of the press.
“It’s an honor to join the board of an organization that has fought for everything I believe in when it comes to press freedom,” Remnick said. “The capacity for the press to do its work–to put pressure on power, to investigate–is essential to any decent society or any society whose citizens yearn to make it decent. CPJ is an ardent player in that ongoing drama.”
CPJ’s board of directors is composed of leading journalists from the United States and around the world. A full list of members is available here.
CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide.