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How to Report an Attack on the Press

CPJ needs accurate, detailed information in order to document abuses of press freedom and help journalists in trouble. CPJ corroborates the information and takes appropriate action on behalf of the journalists and news organizations involved.

What To Report:
Journalists Who Are: 
Arrested or kidnapped 
Wrongfully expelled 
Wrongfully sued for libel or defamation 
Denied credentials 
News Organizations: 
Attacked, raided, or illegally searched 
Closed by force 
Wrongfully sued for libel or defamation 
Materials confiscated or damaged 
Editions confiscated or transmissions jammed

Information Needed:

CPJ needs accurate, detailed information about: 

  • Journalists and news organizations involved 
  • Date and circumstances of incident 
  • Background information 

Anyone with information about an attack on the press should call CPJ.

Call collect if necessary: (212) 465-1004 

Or send us a fax at (212) 465-9568

Contact Information for Regional Programs: 

(212) 465-9344, x103 
E-mail: [email protected] 

(212) 465-9344, x104 
E-mail: [email protected] 

(212) 465-9344, x109 
E-mail: [email protected]

Central Europe and the CIS
 (212) 465-9344, x106 
E-mail: [email protected]

Middle East and North Africa
(212) 465-9344, x105 
E-mail: [email protected]

What happens next:
Depending on the case, CPJ will:
¥ Confirm the report.
¥ Pressure authorities to respond.
¥ Notify human rights groups and press organizations around the world, including IFEX,  Article    19, Amnesty International, Reporters Sans Frontières, PEN, International  Federation of Journalists, and Human Rights Watch.
¥ Increase public awareness through the press.
¥ Publish advisories to warn other journalists about potential dangers.
¥ Send a fact-finding mission to investigate.