Shazdeh Omari

Shazdeh Omari is CPJ's news editor. Former copy chief for The Village Voice, she has worked as a reporter and editor in the United States and Greece. Omari was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, where she learned to read, speak, and write Urdu.

CPJ Insider: March 2022 edition

CPJ’s Gulnoza Said on fears for journalists as Russia invades Ukraine After threatening to do so for months, Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a move that U.S. President Joe Biden called “a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.” Now, Ukraine is bracing…

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CPJ’s 2022 International Press Freedom Awards

CPJ’s 32nd annual International Press Freedom Awards and benefit dinner will honor courageous journalists from around the world on Thursday, November 17, 2022, in New York City. For more information, call Buckley Hall Events at (914) 579-1000 or CPJ’s Development Office at (212) 300-9021, or email [email protected]

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Who Makes It Happen

Every dollar you donate to CPJ supports our crucial mission of defending journalists and press freedom all over the world. We do not take government money and we never will. We are committed to accountability and transparency in our fundraising. Board of directors | Leadership Council | Knight Foundation Press Freedom Center | Reuters Photojournalism Gallery…

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Make Press Freedom Your Legacy

In 2015, CPJ formed the Sanders Society to honor the legacy of Marlene Sanders, one of TV’s first female journalists. Sanders, who worked in broadcasting for ABC News, CBS News, and PBS, was the first anchorwoman of a primetime network show, the first woman to report for a broadcast network from Vietnam during the war,…

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Ways to Give

CPJ’s work relies solely on your generosity and support. Here are the various ways you can help CPJ defend journalists and press freedom around the world. Donate online or by mail | Memorial or honorary gifts | Monthly giving | Build your own fundraiser | Securities and wire transfer | Donor-advised funds | Individual Retirement…

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CPJ’s 2020 International Press Freedom Awards

CPJ’s 30th annual International Press Freedom Awards and benefit dinner will honor courageous journalists from around the world on Thursday, November 19, 2020, in New York City. Thursday, November 19, 2020 6:30 p.m. Reception 7:45 p.m. Dinner Grand Hyatt New York 109 East 42nd Street New York Black Tie For more information, call Buckley Hall…

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Soldiers wear masks in the Philippines, where the government has imposed criminal penalties for spreading “false news” about the pandemic. (AP/Aaron Favila)

CPJ Insider: Urgent call to #FreeThePress, COVID-19 updates, and more

CPJ Insider: Spring 2020 Edition Thank you for your incredible support of CPJ during these unprecedented times. We are especially grateful to Twitter for its recent gift of $500,000 in support of our work to confront press freedom violations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff is working remotely—as a result, we may be slightly delayed…

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Mohammad Mosaed, Iran

CPJ is honored to present its 2020 International Press Freedom Award to Iranian journalist Mohammad Mosaed. Mosaed is a freelance economic journalist who has worked as an investigative reporter for several reformist magazines and newspapers. While at Shargh Daily, he reported extensively on government corruption, embezzlement, economic sanctions, labor, and popular protests. In 2019, he…

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(Courtesy Rajaai Bourhan)

‘They saved my life.’

When two shells struck his kitchen, a mere 20 feet away from where he stood, Rajaai Bourhan didn’t think much of it–he was living in a war zone in the heart of Syria, after all. Instead, he considered himself lucky: He had survived the bombing, accepting this new reality that shelling here was a part…

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How you helped journalists in 2019

You stood with CPJ in the fight for a free press in 2019 and for that we couldn’t be more grateful. Click on the infographic below to take an in-depth look at some of our impact last year and highlights of our work. (Don’t forget to turn off your ad blocker!)

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