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CPJ uses a combination of reporting and advocacy to support press freedom and the rights of journalists worldwide. When advocacy alone is not enough, CPJ’s Journalist Assistance program provides direct support to individuals who are working to disseminate news in dire situations or who are being persecuted for their reporting. Some examples of our work include:

  • Helping get medical care for journalists who have been attacked in retaliation for their work, or for journalists who have been mistreated in prison.
  • Supporting journalists forced to go into hiding or relocate to escape threats from local officials, militia, or criminal gangs.
  • Contributing to legal funds for journalists facing prison or legal action.
  • Evacuating journalists at risk into temporary safe havens, usually in their home country.

CPJ's Gene Roberts Emergency Fund, which dispenses emergency grants to journalists in distress worldwide, was renamed in honor of Gene Roberts, the veteran U.S. journalist and former chairman of the CPJ board who was instrumental in the creation of the Journalist Assistance program. The program also raises funds for journalists from outside sources and collaborates with other freedom of expression organizations.

CPJ refers journalists to resources, including information on grants, fellowships, and awards.
Due to the high volume of requests, we are not able to respond to everyone who needs our help. CPJ gives priority to crisis situations.

CPJ does not provide funding for organizations, media outlets, or media projects, and we do not offer professional training or scholarships.

CPJ is a member of the Journalists in Distress (JID) network, a group of 18 international organizations that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers whose lives or careers are threatened because of their work. Each organization has its own mandate and criteria for emergency assistance; the network does not engage in joint advocacy. The JID network was established in 2006 to allow member organizations with freedom of expression mandates to more easily share information, coordinate joint efforts, and avoid duplication.

Members of the JID Network:

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  • ARTICLE 19
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  • Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
  • Freedom House
  • Front Line Defenders (FLD)
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW)
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
  • International Media Support (IMS)
  • International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)
  • IREX Journalist Safety Network
  • Journalists Helping Journalists (JHJ)
  • Kality Foundation
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)
  • PEN America
  • PEN International
  • Rory Peck Trust (RPT)
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

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CPJ uses a combination of reporting and advocacy to support press freedom and the rights of journalists worldwide. When advocacy alone is not enough, CPJ’s Journalist Assistance program provides direct support to individuals who are working to disseminate news in dire situations or who are being persecuted for their reporting.

To report a press freedom violation please contact the appropriate CPJ regional staff. All information is confidential. See below for regional contact details.

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You can also contact us via e-mail, mail, telephone, or fax. You will be asked to provide information about your circumstance, which will be treated in confidence.

Contact details for CPJ regional teams:

Africa

Africa Research Associate:
Kerry Paterson

Contact CPJ Africa
Tel: 212-465-1004
Fax: 212-465-9568
Twitter: @africamedia_CPJ

Americas

Senior Program Coordinator:
Carlos Lauría
Research Associate:
Alexandra Ellerbeck

Contact CPJ Americas
Tel: 212-465-1004
Fax: 212-465-9568
Twitter: @CPJAmericas
Facebook: CPJ en Español

Asia

Program Coordinator:
Bob Dietz
Research Associate:
Sumit Galhotra

Contact CPJ Asia
Tel: 212-465-1004
ext. 140, 115
Twitter: @cpjasia
Facebook: CPJ Asia Desk

Europe and Central Asia

Program Coordinator:
Nina Ognianova
Research Associate:
Muzaffar Suleymanov

Contact CPJ Europe & Central Asia
Tel: 212-465-100 4
ext 106, 101
Fax: 212-465-9568
Facebook: CPJ ECA Desk

Middle East and North Africa

Program Coordinator:
Sherif Mansour
Research Associate:
Jason Stern
Research Associate:
Yasmin el-Rifae

Contact CPJ Middle East and North Africa
Tel: +1 (212) 300-9018,
+1 (212) 300-9017
Twitter: @CPJMena
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Due to the high volume of requests, we are not able to respond to everyone who needs our help. CPJ gives priority to crisis situations.


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The Fund

CPJ provides financial support to journalists at risk through its Gene Roberts Emergency Fund, which was renamed in 2014 in honor of Gene Roberts, a veteran U.S. journalist and former chairman of the CPJ board who was instrumental in the creation of the Journalist Assistance program.

The Gene Roberts fund is administered by the CPJ staff in New York and overseen by a special committee of CPJ's board of directors. It provides modest grants to journalists who qualify for CPJ assistance.

To apply for an emergency grant from the Gene Roberts Emergency Fund, journalists must complete and submit a request form, which will be reviewed by CPJ staff. Only journalists approved to receive assistance from CPJ's Journalist Assistance program will be awarded emergency grants. For additional information on requesting support from CPJ, please see How To Get Help.

Gene Roberts

(University of Maryland)

Roberts has taught at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland since 1991, following 18 years as the executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, which won 17 Pulitzer Prizes under his leadership.

He took a hiatus from his university work from 1994 to 1997 to serve as managing editor of The New York Times. In 1998, he returned to the college, where he teaches courses on writing the complex story, the press and the civil rights movement, and newsroom management.

Roberts is a former chairman of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has served on the boards of the Pulitzer Prize, the World Press Freedom Committee, and the Center for Foreign Journalists. He has co-authored numerous books, including Leaving Readers Behind: The Age of Corporate Newspaper, The Censors and the Schools, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Race Beat. He was editor-in-chief of the American Journalism Review's "State of the American Newspaper Project," published in 2000.

Roberts began his career as a farm reporter for North Carolina's Goldsboro News-Argus. He later joined The New York Times where he led the paper's coverage of the 1960s civil rights movement in the South and served as chief war correspondent in Vietnam. Roberts received the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism in 1993.

Supporting the Gene Roberts Fund

The Gene Roberts Fund is supported by private donations. If you are interested in supporting the Fund, please contact CPJ's Development Department by email at [email protected] or by calling 212-300-9002, or visit Support CPJ.

CPJ aids 170 journalists worldwide in 2015

Carl de Souza/AFP

Bob Rugurika

CPJ helped cover legal expenses for Rugurika, director of the privately-owned Burundian station Radio Publique Africaine, after he was charged in January 2015 with breach of public solidarity, complicity in murder, and violating the secrecy of an investigation after refusing to reveal the name of a source in a story about the murder of three Italian nuns. Rugurika was released on bail after about a month in jail.

Hassan Ali Gesey/Dalsan Radio

Muawiye Ahmed Mudey

Freelance Somali broadcaster Muawiye was wounded in crossfire while on assignment in February 2015. The journalist was taken to a local hospital where he underwent two surgeries, but he required additional medical treatment that was unavailable in Mogadishu. CPJ provided Muawiye with an emergency grant that allowed him to be airlifted to Nairobi in Kenya, where he received the necessary treatment.

Miguel Díaz

Miguel Díaz

For years, critical online journalist Díaz received death threats over his reporting on corruption. Following the August 2015 murder of Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa Becerril, Díaz and other Veracruz-based colleagues began an independent investigation. Díaz told CPJ that almost immediately the group was harassed and put under surveillance, apparently by authorities. When Díaz felt his life was at risk, CPJ helped him and his family temporarily relocate outside Mexico.

AFP/Robyn Beck

Nguyen Van Hai

Hai, a Vietnamese blogger and recipient of CPJ’s 2013 International Press Freedom Award, spent more than five years in prison on anti-state charges. Hai was released early in October 2014 on the provision that he go into exile in the U.S. CPJ provided the blogger with an emergency grant to help cover his immediate living costs.

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Issam Khoury

Khoury, a Syrian freelancer, faced constant threats from the government of Bashar al-Assad for more than a decade before protests in 2011 spread to his hometown of Latakia, a stronghold for regime supporters. That year, the harassment against him intensified and Khoury fled with his family to Lebanon. From there, Khoury continued to work, but says he was threatened by local officials. In 2014, Khoury traveled to the U.S. The following year, CPJ nominated him for a fellowship at City University of New York.


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If you are interested in helping CPJ's Journalist Assistance program, please contact us. Here are some ways you can get involved:


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CPJ works closely with press freedom and human rights groups, universities, and other organizations to assist journalists in need. We encourage you to explore the resources available from these organizations. (We've included contact information for a number of awards and fellowships. Please note that CPJ does not administer these programs.)

Our Partners

  • Article 19: Named after Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the organization works worldwide to combat censorship, promote freedom of expression, and improve access to official information.
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE): This is a Canadian nongovernmental organization supported by Canadian journalists and advocates of free expression.
  • Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma: The Dart Center provides journalists around the world with the resources necessary to provide informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.
  • Free Press Unlimited: By supporting local media professionals and journalists in more than 40 countries worldwide, Free Press Unlimited works to ensure that reliable news and information are and remain available to people across the globe.
  • Front Line: Front Line is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. It was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk.
  • Human Rights Watch: One of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
  • Inter American Press Association (IAPA): This is a nonprofit organization devoted to defending freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the Americas.
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ): The IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free, and independent trade unions of journalists.
  • International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX): This is a clearinghouse for accurate and up-to-date information on freedom of expression issues and abuses worldwide.
  • International Media Support (IMS): Contributes to peace, stability, and the development of democracy in conflict areas.
  • International Press Institute (IPI): This is a global network of editors, media executives, and leading journalists dedicated to freedom of the press and improving the standards and practices of journalism.
  • International PEN: Through reading and writing, PEN engages and empowers communities across cultures and languages.
  • Journalisten helfen Journalisten (Journalists Helping Journalists):This nongovernmental organization supports journalists and their families under threat from governments, civil war, or any other politically or religiously motivated violence.
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative: This is a non-governmental organization that works in all regions of the world to provide legal support to journalists and media outlets.
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF): Reporters Without Borders documents press freedom abuses and advocates on behalf of journalists worldwide.
  • The Rory Peck Trust: The organization gives direct, practical support to freelancers. It promotes good practices on behalf of freelancers, supports their right to work safely, and provides them with assistance.
  • Scholars at Risk Network: This international network of universities and colleges defends scholars from attacks based on their words, ideas, and place in society.
  • World Press Freedom Committee: The committee fights against press freedom abuses such as the licensing of journalists, and the imposition of mandatory codes of conduct.
  • World Association of Newspapers (WAN): The World Association of Newspapers represents 72 national newspaper associations, 13 international news agencies, nine regional press organizations, and individual newspaper executives in 100 nations.

Fellowships

Knight Digital Media Center
Competitive fellowships provide training for digital media journalists at all levels, from the traditional journalist making the transition to digital media to the digital media journalist seeking to improve her thinking and skills.

Contact:
Vikki Porter, Director
USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
727 W. 27th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone:
(213) 821-0071
Fax:
(213) 743-4548
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://www.KnightDigitalMediaCenter.org

Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma recognize exemplary journalism on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events on individuals, families or communities, focusing on the experience of victims and survivors, and contributing to public understanding of trauma-related issues.  Award categories encompass the full spectrum of news media and include: newspaper, radio, television, online-only news publications, web-based productions, independent productions, magazines and magazine websites.

The competition is open to all North American news media outlets.

Application information: http://dartcenter.org/dart-award-guidelines

Contact:
Kate Black
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway, Room 303
New York, NY 10027
Phone:
212.851.1392
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
www.dartcenter.org

Awards

The Michael Kelly Award
Atlantic Media Company
The Michael Kelly Award honors a writer or editor whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Kelly's own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of the truth.

Contact:
Charles Green
Michael Kelly Award
The Watergate
600 New Hampshire Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20037
Phone:
(202) 739-8417
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://kellyaward.com

Maria Moors Cabot Prize
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
The Cabot Prizes recognize distinguished journalism that enhances understanding among peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The prizes are awarded each fall to three or four journalists in the Western Hemisphere.

Contact:
Lisa Redd
Program Manager
Maria Moors Cabot Prize
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway MC 3800
New York, NY 10027-7004
Phone:
212-854-6468
Fax:
212-851-7701
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/167-the-maria-moors-cabot-prize/168cabotprizes

The Chancellor Award
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
A recipient is selected each year by a panel of print and broadcast journalists who look across the media landscape to identify a reporter who may not be widely known by the public, but who is highly respected within the profession.

Contact:
Abi Wright, Director
Beth Canipe, Assistant
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway MC3805
New York, NY 10027
Phone:
212-854-5047
Fax:
212-854-3148
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/chancellor

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
The awards are regarded as the most prestigious prizes in broadcast news, the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Contact:
Abi Wright, Director
Beth Canipe, Assistant
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway MC3805
New York, NY 10027
Phone:
212-854-5047
Fax:
212-854-3148
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/dupont

The Goldsmith Awards
Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
The awards promote insightful, spirited public debate about government, politics, and the press. The program offers an investigative reporting prize and two book prizes.

Contact:
Edith Holway
Shorenstein Center
Kennedy School of Government
Box 113
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone:
(617) 495-8269
Fax:
(617) 495-8696
Email:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://www.hks.harvard.edu/presspol/

The Institute on Political Journalism
Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting
Excellence in Economic Reporting Award
Theses award recognize top investigative and economic reporting.

Contact:
Joe Starrs
1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone:
(202) 986-0384
Fax:
(202) 986-0390
Email:
[email protected]

University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism
The awards recognize journalists who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to ethical conduct, even when faced with economic, personal, or political pressure.

Contact:
Zanne Miller
University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism
1275 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1275
Phone:
(541) 434-7038
Fax:
(541) 346-0682
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://payneawards.uoregon.edu


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Journalist Assistance


CPJ’s Journalist Assistance Program provides direct assistance to journalists at risk around the world.


Spotlight

In Ethiopia, choice of life in exile or jail

As the Ethiopian government cracks down on independent media, more than 30 journalists go into exile. During a joint mission to meet those who had fled and determine how best to help them, the Committee to Protect Journalists finds that for many, the fear that drove them to leave behind families, homes, and a steady income remains long after they have crossed the border.
Journalist Assistance
Ethiopia: 17 journalists in jail
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Making an Impact


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Bob Rugurika
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Miguel Díaz
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Nguyen Van Hai
Vietnam

CPJ has provided assistance to journalists in dozens of countries throughout the world. See how we are making an impact. Details »


What We Do

We provide legal, medical, and relocation assistance to journalists at risk. Details »

How to Get Help

The safest way to contact us is via SecureDrop (click here for more information). You can also contact us by e-mail, mail, telephone, or fax. You will be asked to provide information, in confidence, about your circumstances. Details »


Join Us in Helping Colleagues

You can help journalists at risk by donating to the Gene Roberts Distress Fund. Details »

Resource Center

Look here for resources and contact information for international agencies and nongovernmental organizations that assist journalists at risk. Details »

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