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CPJ joins UN discussion on journalist safety and impunity

October 24, 2017 5:23 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and other rights groups, including Article 19, today took part in a side panel at the U.N. in New York, on journalist safety and impunity....

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Apple vulnerability is surprising, but journalists should stick with iPhones

August 25, 2016 5:57 PM ET

A rare and serious vulnerability in Apple's iOS operating system has been discovered by researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, which today published a report detailing its findings. It is the first known remote iOS vulnerability of its kind. Disturbingly, the company behind malware designed to exploit...

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Video: Protecting journalism (not just journalists) takes tech that's safe for everyone

August 3, 2016 1:44 PM ET

On July 23, I gave a presentation as part of the HOPE XI hacker conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. My talk, entitled "Won't Somebody Please Think of the Journalists?" described the challenges of protecting journalists in a world where journalism is no longer conducted only...

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Be prepared: steps to staying safe while covering US political party conventions

July 12, 2016 11:21 AM ET

The U.S. political party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia this summer carry the risk of civil unrest. While protests have long occurred both inside and outside of convention venues, security experts and political commentators have said this year's gatherings have the potential for unrest not seen since in the...

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Why Telegram's security flaws may put Iran's journalists at risk

May 31, 2016 12:05 PM ET

The mobile messaging app Telegram is popular in Iran, where citizens who have limited access to uncensored news and mainstream social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, use it to share and access information. But the app's estimated 20 million users in Iran, including those who use Telegram...

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How SecureDrop helps CPJ protect journalists

May 12, 2016 7:00 AM ET

CPJ is proud to announce our instance of SecureDrop, the anonymous submission system engineered to resist even nation-state surveillance. In a time of unprecedented, technologically-mediated threats to journalism both online and offline, CPJ's adoption of this state-of-the-art system will help us protect journalists who need help the most. There...

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CPJ joins call for UN to appoint special representative for safety of journalists

April 29, 2016 3:56 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists is one of 35 press freedom groups calling on the U.N. General Assembly to appoint a Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists as soon as possible. A joint letter from the groups proposes that the representative could work closely...

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Kidnapping for profit or propaganda: How hostage risk for journalists is on the rise

April 12, 2016 3:24 PM ET

From Central America to North Africa, kidnappings are on the rise and journalists are among the groups at risk of being abducted. Adding to the challenges of dealing with a hostage situation is a lack of solid information about kidnappings worldwide, or a united international response in dealing with the...

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Three simple steps to protect shared Twitter accounts from hackers

March 28, 2016 3:30 PM ET

In my previous blog post I reviewed the results of a poll asking journalists if they used two-factor authentication to protect Twitter accounts from being hacked. But the importance of robust security isn't limited to personal Twitter accounts....

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'What's two-factor?' How journalists can protect themselves from Twitter hacks

March 23, 2016 4:52 PM ET

When The Associated Press's verified @AP account was hacked three years ago, CPJ's senior security adviser Frank Smyth and I noted that for individuals faced with that situation, the best course of action is to request a password reset, tweet at Twitter staff, and pray. The best advice is...

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