Courtney C. Radsch

Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is the advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists and the author of Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change. As a veteran journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate she writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media, technology, and human rights. Follow her on Twitter @courtneyr.

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Greater transparency welcome but social media sites should allow independent audits of content takedowns

May 18, 2018 11:18 AM ET

In recent days, some of the world's largest tech companies released new transparency reports, opened up their content moderation guidelines, and adopted approaches to fighting pernicious content as they tried to head off government regulation amid concerns about "fake news," harassment, terrorism and other ills proliferating on their platforms....

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YouTube labels on public broadcasters draw ire in US, Russia

March 15, 2018 3:43 PM ET

With claims to more than one billion users consuming content in 76 languages, Google's YouTube has become a core part of most media outlets' dissemination strategy. And although there are 88 localized versions of the service, YouTube.com remains the largest and most influential platform for reaching a global audience....

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Tweaking a global source of news

February 20, 2018 3:42 PM ET

The only way Abdalaziz Alhamza and his fellow citizen journalists could get out news from the Islamic State's self-declared capital in Syria to a global audience was by posting materials on Facebook and YouTube. "They were the only way to spread news since many militias and governments prevented most,...

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CPJ joins coalition to establish sports and human rights center

November 30, 2017 10:12 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a coalition of international sport organizations, civil society, and governments that are establishing an independent Centre for Sport and Human Rights. In a statement published today, the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights, which CPJ is part of, outlined its commitment to...

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US withdrawal from UNESCO is blow for press freedom

October 13, 2017 1:44 PM ET

The U.S. government's decision to withdraw from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which has a mandate to promote "the free flow of ideas by word and image [and] to foster free, independent, and pluralistic media in print, broadcast and online," will make the world less...

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CPJ meeting with Gianforte is disappointingly brief

October 12, 2017 11:51 AM ET

When Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte agreed to donate $50,000 to CPJ as part of his settlement with Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs, whom he body slammed during a congressional race in May, I reached out to set up a meeting to see if Gianforte was serious about his hope that...

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CPJ partners with Facebook on Journalist Safety Initiative

June 23, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Facebook has become integral to the work of journalists around the world. Yet journalists' use of the largest social network can put them and their sources at risk if they don't know how to keep safe on the platform....

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Proposed German legislation threatens broad internet censorship

April 20, 2017 9:53 AM ET

The German cabinet on April 5 approved a "Draft Law to Improve Law Enforcement in Social Networks" (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz), ostensibly aimed at combatting disinformation and hate speech, that raises concerns about restrictions on free expression and the privatization of censorship. The law would compel social media companies to remove content...

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CPJ joins Fly Don't Spy campaign to protect journalists and their sources

April 18, 2017 5:40 PM ET

Over the past several months, the Committee to Protect Journalists has raised concerns over U.S. border agents' use of secondary searches of journalists and their devices at U.S. borders, and government proposals to require travelers to hand over social media account passwords as a condition of entry to the...

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Deciding who decides which news is fake

March 14, 2017 6:09 PM ET

Authorities decry the proliferation of misinformation and propaganda on the internet, and technology companies are wrestling with various measures to combat fake news. But addressing the problem without infringing on the right to free expression and the free flow of information is extremely thorny....

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