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US withdrawal from UNESCO is blow for press freedom

October 13, 2017 1:44 PM ET

The U.S. government's decision to withdraw from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which has a mandate to promote "the free flow of ideas by word and image [and] to foster free, independent, and pluralistic media in print, broadcast and online," will make the world less...

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CPJ meeting with Gianforte is disappointingly brief

October 12, 2017 11:51 AM ET

When Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte agreed to donate $50,000 to CPJ as part of his settlement with Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs, whom he body slammed during a congressional race in May, I reached out to set up a meeting to see if Gianforte was serious about his hope that...

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CPJ urges Congressman Greg Gianforte to champion the protection of journalists in the U.S. and around the world

October 12, 2017 11:49 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to U.S. Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) urging him to champion the protection of journalists and press freedom in the U.S. and around the world.

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US Treasury Department decision risks future of two Panama newspapers

October 4, 2017 5:38 PM ET

La Estrella de Panamá has kept Panama's citizens informed since 1849. Now, as the country prepares for elections next year, the existence of the major newspaper, along with that of its sister title, El Siglo, may depend on the U.S. Treasury Department....

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Trump administration says it is pursuing 3 times as many leak investigations as predecessor

August 4, 2017 2:04 PM ET

New York, August 4, 2017--Relaxing U.S. government guidelines to make it easier for investigators to subpoena journalists and their records would have a chilling effect on press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a news conference today that U.S. President Donald...

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US Senate report on leaks and national security is deeply flawed

July 10, 2017 12:39 PM ET

Last week, Republicans on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a report on leaks to the media. The report, which was led by Chairman Ron Johnson, asserts that "an avalanche" of leaks under the Trump Administration is harming national security. It lists at least 125...

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Republicans on Senate committee assert media leaks harm US national security

July 6, 2017 7:28 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a report released today by a group of Senate Republicans arguing that "an avalanche" of media leaks under the Trump Administration is harming national security. The report, which lists at least 125 news articles that allegedly harmed...

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CPJ to use $50,000 Gianforte donated as part of body slam settlement to track other assaults on press

June 27, 2017 9:00 AM ET

When the news came that Greg Gianforte was making a $50,000 donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists it was 10 p.m. on the East Coast, but 8:30 a.m. in Naypyidaw, Myanmar's Disney-like capital city, where members of our CPJ team were meeting officials to discuss that country's punitive...

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US congressional candidate in Montana charged with assaulting reporter

May 25, 2017 7:17 AM ET

May 25, 2017 -- The alleged assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by a candidate competing in today's special congressional election in Montana sends an unacceptable signal that physical assault is an appropriate response to unwanted questioning by a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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How US Espionage Act can be used against journalists covering leaks

May 20, 2017 8:30 AM ET

Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly joked about Trump using a saber on the press and U.S. Senator Jim Risch told CNN the press should be questioning the Washington Post about its sources. Then, on May 16, The New York Times reported that President Donald...

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