Samantha Libby

Samantha Libby, CPJ’s digital manager, has worked in freedom of expression and human rights in Ethiopia, Vietnam, Kalimantan, and West Papua. She has also investigated the domestic and international arms trade. She is a playwright, artist, and an award-winning writer.

Record number of journalists in Egyptian jails

Most accused of belonging to Muslim Brotherhood; more than half worked online New York, June 25, 2015–The number of journalists in Egyptian jails is the highest since the Committee to Protect Journalists began recording data on imprisoned journalists in 1990, according to a new census of imprisoned journalists in Egypt released today. Of the 18…

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2015

US cites CPJ in remarks on World Press Freedom Day Each year, World Press Freedom Day provides an opportunity for press freedom organizations to put anti-press violations on the map. This year, CPJ did just that. In U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement commemorating World Press Freedom Day, he cited CPJ research: “This is…

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Cartoonists are vulnerable worldwide, CPJ report finds

CPJ releases global assessment of threats faced by cartoonists New York, May 19, 2015–The attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 shed light on the grave dangers confronting those who draw satirical and political cartoons. But threats against cartoonists are a global phenomenon and are as diverse as the content of the…

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Azerbaijan: Olympic Officials Should Insist on Prisoner Releases

As European Games Near, EOC Leaders Should End Silence (Brussels, May 14, 2015) – The leadership of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) should insist that the government of Azerbaijan release journalists and activists ahead of the European Games, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Azerbaijan will host the games, a…

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Attacks on the Press: Journalists caught between terrorists and governments

CPJ releases annual assessment of press freedom worldwide New York, April 27, 2015–Terrorist groups and the governments who purport to fight them have made recent years the most dangerous period to be a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual global assessment of press freedom, Attacks on the Press, released today. Some…

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Attacks on the Press: CPJ to release annual assessment of press freedom

New York, April 22, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists will release Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World’s Front Lines, its annual assessment of the state of press freedom worldwide, on April 27.

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Eritrea most censored country in the world

CPJ highlights controls on Internet, independent media as top censorship tools New York, April 21, 2015–With journalists often facing a choice of life in exile or prison, and with even reporters for state-run outlets in fear of arrest, Eritrea secures its place as the most censored country in the world, with secretive North Korea coming…

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, March 2015

Press Uncuffed: Free the Press On March 26, CPJ partnered with students at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and Knight chair and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest to launch the Press Uncuffed: Free the Press campaign at the Newseum in Washington. The campaign aimed to raise awareness about nine…

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Susan Chira of New York Times and David Remnick of New Yorker join CPJ’s board of directors

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.

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The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

From Egypt to Mexico, Russia to Syria, journalists are increasingly coming under attack. They are murdered, imprisoned and intimidated for doing their job. If this continues we will face a growing crisis in information – a shortage of the news that we need to make sense of our globalised world, and to fight human rights…

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