Jason Stern

Jason Stern is a senior research associate for CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program. He has a master’s in Middle East Studies from George Washington University and a bachelor’s in government from Cornell University.

CPJ Blog

CPJ joins call for Sultan of Oman to end persecution of Azamn journalists

August 24, 2016 9:00 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders today sent a letter to Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, to draw his attention to the prosecution of three journalists from the independent daily newspaper, Azamn....

Read More ›

CPJ concerned about legal harassment of Bahraini journalist

July 28, 2016 12:11 PM ET

Today the Committee to Protect Journalists joined 42 other organizations in a joint statement expressing concern at the Bahraini Public Prosecutor's decision to charge Nazeeha Saeed, an award-winning journalist with Radio Monte Carlo Douliya and France24, with unlawfully working for international media....

Read More ›

Jordan-JS-6-1.jpg

Mission Journal: Rise in journalist arrests tarnishes Jordan's image as reformist

March 22, 2016 10:45 AM ET

The phone call came just as our conversation about the escalating crackdown on Jordanian media hit its stride. Lina Ejeilat, the co-founder of the news website 7iber (pronounced hebber), apologized and said she had to take the call. It was 7iber's lawyer and it was important. For years the...

Read More ›

Blog-Syria-Killed-12.29-AFP.jpg

The militarization of the press in Syria

December 29, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Ahmed Abu al-Hamza, "Software" as he was known by his friends, stood behind the camera on November 6 as a gunman explained how rebel forces took Tel Sukayk, a strategic hilltop north of Hama, from government forces. Suddenly the camera's sound recorder picked up the faint thud of a...

Read More ›

Blog-Yemen-8.14.AP.jpg

Yemeni journalists: 'Our mouths are gagged'

August 14, 2015 1:00 PM ET

In March 2014, Sana'a University media student Hisham al-Yousifi stood next to Dar al-Hajar, a royal palace built on the precipice of a rock formation just outside the capital, and announced to the video camera, "Here, there are a lot of tourists!" But there were no tourists, just his...

Read More ›

saudi-blog-6-17-reuters.jpg

In censored Saudi Arabia, Raif Badawi filled a journalistic void

June 17, 2015 4:34 PM ET

On the third anniversary of the arrest of liberal activist and writer Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia, his supporters all over the world are working hard to prevent what may lay ahead: the completion of a 10-year, thousand-lash sentence. To be effective in changing Badawi's future, it is important...

Read More ›

Bahrain-Nabeel-1.jpg

Glitz of Formula One must not divert attention from Bahrain's jailed journalists

April 16, 2015 1:59 PM ET

When the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) hosted Formula One for the first time in 2004, it was nearly a false start for the $150 million facility. Drivers told the BBC they feared desert sand would damage their racecars. So track employees began a perpetual fight against nature, even spraying...

Read More ›

Syria-Vigil1.jpg

How many more? CPJ remembers journalists killed covering Syria

March 13, 2015 10:34 AM ET

On March 15 the fourth anniversary of the start of the Syrian uprising will be marked. No one knew in the early days of unrest how events would escalate, let alone how the entire region and the journalists covering it would be so deeply impacted....

Read More ›

CPJ joins call for Syria to release three press freedom defenders from jail

February 17, 2015 2:20 PM ET

Three years ago Syrian Air Force Intelligence agents raided the office of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression in Damascus, arresting all who were present. While some of those arrested were later released, Mazen Darwish, Hani al-Zitani, and Hussein Ghrer have been imprisoned ever since....

Read More ›

Alnawati-family-handout.jpg

Family of journalist jailed in Syria await news, four years on

January 6, 2015 11:44 AM ET

When Ibtisam Alnawaty last spoke to her husband, Moheeb Alnawaty, in January 2011, there was nothing to suggest that he feared for his safety. The Palestinian-Norwegian writer had traveled to Syria in December 2010 to translate his book, Hamas From The Inside, and had even suggested the family should...

Read More ›

Social Media

View All ›