founders and board members along with supporters and friends filed into
Columbia University's Italian Academy on Thursday for a series of events to
mark the 30 years of CPJ's existence. The celebration started with a 20-minute
sneak peek at a feature-length documentary about CPJ that will be released
later this year.
A panel discussion with the current and former executive directors provided a revealing look at some of the victories that helped the organization evolve. Closing the event, Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger provided a historical analysis of where and how academia and human rights activism intersected, as well as the place of press freedom and of CPJ within that framework. He related his appreciation for journalists and the work that they do based on a personal experience: When he was a child, Bollinger's father, who ran a small newspaper, was threatened over a story on police corruption and forced to protect his family with a shotgun.
VIDEO: Panel discussion with CPJ
Directors and Speech by Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University