In a 2006 interview, Walter Cronkite recalled how the search
for missing reporters in
When CPJ first contacted you in 1981, it was a start-up organization with just a few people. So why would you agree to be honorary chairman?
I'd recently been active in an attempt to trace the fate of
several correspondents and photographers who disappeared on assignment in
Tell us about your
experience leading a committee of journalists seeking information about the
While my name became attached to the efforts to find missing
photographers and reporters in the Vietnam War, most notably in
In 1995, you helped persuade Turkish Prime Minister Tansu Ciller to drop charges against Reuters correspondent Aliza Marcus, who faced prison for reporting on counterinsurgency strikes against Kurdish rebels. Tell us about it.
The committee's long-running efforts to persuade several consecutive
Over 25 years, what milestone in the press freedom movement comes to mind?
Advances certainly include the United Nations' establishment of a World Press Freedom Day, celebrated annually on May 3 since 1994. It reminds the entire world of the necessity for a free press--and the dangers to those who fight for one.
Editor's note: This interview first appeared in the October 2006 edition of CPJ's magazine, Dangerous Assignments.