Advisory Groups

CPJ has established advisory groups for its programs. The groups, which are made up of leading journalists, experts, and press freedom advocates, provide feedback on CPJ programs’ key advocacy proposals and strategies. The groups’ members also advise CPJ staff on how to achieve greater impact and help CPJ gain access and increase outreach in countries where they have influence and expertise.

Americas Advisory Group

  • Andrés Oppenheimer, columnist for The Miami Herald, host of “Oppenheimer Presenta” on CNN, and chair of CPJ’s Americas Advisory Group
  • Rosental Calmon Alves, director of the Knight Center for Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Ricardo Uceda, executive director of the Lima-based Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (Institute for Press and Society), or IPYS
  • Adela Navarro Bello, editor of the weekly Mexican newspaper Zeta
  • Andrés Morales, a Colombian lawyer and program specialist for the social and human sciences sector at the UNESCO officein Montevideo, Uruguay

Europe and Central Asia Advisory Group

  • Miklós Haraszti, former OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and current United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus
  • Maria (Masha) Lipman, Russian media and policy analyst and editor of the Russian-language journal Counterpoint
  • Andrei Soldatov, Russian investigative journalist, author, and editor of, a news platform specializing in Russia’s intelligence services
  • Borja Bergareche, director of innovation at the Spanish media holding company Vocento and a longtime CPJ consultant

Middle East and North Africa Advisory Group

  • Lina Ejeilat, co-founder and executive editor of 7iber, an online magazine that covers Jordan and the Arab world
  • Yara Bader, journalist, human rights activist, and co-founder of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression
  • Siamak Ghaderi, Iranian freelance journalist and recipient of CPJ’s 2014 International Press Freedom Award

Emergencies Response Team Advisory Group

  • Frank Smyth, CPJ’s senior adviser for journalist security and the founder and executive director of Global Journalist Security
  • Carlos Cortes, freelance Colombian journalist
  • Mike Kamber, veteran freelance photographer and founder of the Bronx Documentary Center
  • Dr. Katherine Porterfield, clinical psychologist at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
  • Sharbil Nammour, VICE’s head of Global Security
  • Runa Sandvik, senior director of information security at The New York Times