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’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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(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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CPJ Insider: Year-end edition

Thank you for standing with us in our work protecting journalists around the world. Together, we will defend freedom of expression, democracy, and the public’s right to know. Here are some highlights of 2019, made possible only with your support: Journalist killings dropped sharply in 2019, though imprisoned tally remained high The number of journalists…

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CPJ Insider, November: Face-to-face with Pakistani border control and a northern Syria crisis

On a strange ‘stop list,’ CPJ staffer is refused entry to Pakistan The man at the Lahore airport customs point looked puzzled. Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator, was holding a U.S. passport with a valid, newly issued visa to enter Pakistan. But the computer showed he was on a “stop list” from the Interior…

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CPJ Insider October 2019: Khashoggi’s murder anniversary, Sulzberger’s warning, threats to women journalists unpacked

CPJ marks one year since Khashoggi’s murder with court action What did the U.S. government know, and when did it know it? As CPJ enters year two of advocacy to secure justice for Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018, these are central questions.

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CPJ Insider: September 2019 edition

Putting First Amendment values in the spotlight CPJ has partnered with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Los Angeles Times to produce LA Press Freedom Week, five days of programming that will engage the public and the journalistic community in and around Los Angeles in a conversation about today’s challenges to press freedom and…

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CPJ Insider: August 2019 edition

CPJ awardee Zaffar Abbas: The Pakistani government has decided ‘to kill journalism’ Pressure campaigns by press freedom groups are a vital line of defense against a rapidly deteriorating environment for independent media in Pakistan under Prime Minister Imran Khan, said Zaffar Abbas, the editor of Dawn and CPJ’s 2019 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award winner,…

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CPJ’s 2019 International Press Freedom Awards

CPJ’s annual International Press Freedom Awards and benefit dinner will honor courageous journalists from around the world on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in New York City. This year’s dinner will be chaired by Laurene Powell Jobs and Peter Lattman of the Emerson Collective. The evening will be hosted by Shep Smith. Press Release | Video…

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