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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.
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Behind the numbers: Researching Syria's killed journalists

December 30, 2013 12:00 AM ET

This year, CPJ researchers confirmed that at least 29 journalists died while covering the Syrian conflict. How did we arrive at that number?...

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Unprecedented response to kidnappings in Syria

December 11, 2013 9:01 AM ET

In an unprecedented step, more than a dozen international news organizations have signed a joint letter to the Syrian armed opposition about the "disturbing rise in the kidnapping of journalists" in Syria, which has led many outlets to reduce their coverage of the conflict out of safety concerns. The organizations...

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Too many triggermen, too little justice in Iraq

December 6, 2013 3:59 PM ET

The Iraqi city of Mosul is once again one of the world's deadliest places for journalists. In the past two months, the capital of Nineveh province has witnessed a series of targeted assassinations that, according to local press freedom groups, have led to an exodus of journalists from the city...

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CPJ joins call for passage of Iran resolution in UN

November 18, 2013 12:44 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined two dozen human rights organizations in signing a letter calling on all member states of the U.N. General Assembly Third Committee to vote in favor Tuesday of resolution A/C.3/68/L.57 on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran....

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More hope in Syria as two more journalists freed

September 9, 2013 2:12 PM ET

Just two weeks ago, I wrote that the recent escapes of American Matthew Schrier and French-American Jonathan Alpeyrie after months of captivity should give hope to all missing journalists in Syria. We now have two more reasons for hope. Sunday, the Italian and Belgian governments announced that missing Italian...

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Escapees give hope in cases of journalists missing in Syria

August 28, 2013 1:05 PM ET

It has now been an entire year since Al-Hurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi, a Jordanian of Palestinian origin, and freelancer Austin Tice, of the United States, went missing in Syria. But the recent liberation of two freelance journalists held for months gives us some reason to hope....

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Attacks on Orient News illustrate Syria's many threats

July 30, 2013 6:35 PM ET

It is increasingly difficult to document violations against the press in Syria, let alone hold those responsible to account. It has always been hard to verify facts within the country. But now, the sheer number of violations and the expanding list of violators have become admittedly overwhelming. ...

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Iran restricts international coverage of election

June 12, 2013 2:44 PM ET

Some authoritarian governments try to hide their targeting of the press, but not the Islamic Republic of Iran. Officials there brag about it. Ahead of Iran's presidential election Friday, they have much to brag about....

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Bahrain's "Blogfather" emerges from hiding

May 16, 2013 5:33 PM ET

For two years, Bahrainis have been asking "Where is Ali Abdel Imam?" And now finally, they have an answer. The prominent opposition blogger suddenly emerged from hiding last week, announcing he had been granted asylum in the United Kingdom, news sources reported.  He had not been heard from since...

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Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari, and #FreeIranPress

May 9, 2013 3:08 PM ET

CPJ joined with the PEN American Center and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on Wednesday night to host a film screening and panel discussion on the deterioration of press freedom in Iran. Moderated by political satirist Jon Stewart, the panel featured Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari and CPJ...

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