CPJ's work brings much-needed justice and security and, most importantly, ensures the free flow of information to all citizens.
A snapshot of our impact in 2011-2012:
National Change: Mexico made attacks on free expression a federal offense after years of CPJ advocacy. With full implementation, this legislation could stem murder as an effective means of silencing critical journalists. In the state of Veracruz alone, at least eight journalists have been killed in the past 11 months.
Global Steps: Two reports focused on impunity and anti-press violence, presented at the United Nations Human Rights Councilin 2012, rely a great deal on CPJ research and bring unprecedented international attention to how anti-press violence imperils our collective right to information. Both reports conclude that although there are adequate international conventions and protections, their implementation falls short, particularly on a state level. The reports complement CPJ's work to implement the U.N. Plan of Action to safeguard journalists and stop impunity.
Personal Relief: Our Journalist Assistance Program provided direct support to a record 171 journalists last year, and our advocacy contributed to the release of 70 journalists from prison. But there is still work to be done.