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CPJ joins Council of Europe journalism safety platform

October 16, 2015 6:19 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined the Council of Europe's platform to protect journalism and promote the safety of journalists. The Strasbourg-based body set up the reporting system earlier this year as a way to hold its 47 member states responsible for responding to attacks against journalists....

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Mission Journal: Will Obama's visit boost hopes for press freedom in Kenya?

July 23, 2015 6:15 PM ET

President Barack Obama is expected to address a range of topics when he arrives in Kenya tomorrow. The Kenyan government says it plans to discuss security and trade, while opposition parties and civil society want good governance and human rights added to the agenda, according to news reports. We...

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Securing the newsroom: CPJ, journalists, and technologists commit

June 25, 2015 6:06 PM ET

It's second nature now for reporters rushing to a dangerous assignment to grab a helmet and vest. Physical security whether covering conflict or quakes is readily understood, if not always adequately implemented....

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On World Press Freedom Day and journalists' safety

May 1, 2015 10:54 AM ET

Last week, I met a Cameroonian journalist who worked in the Congo until he fled following a series of threats and an attack on his home by armed men who assaulted his sister. Elie Smith, a TV host who documented alleged abuses by police and was outspoken in his criticism...

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David Laventhol: Dedicated and generous press freedom advocate

April 9, 2015 12:48 PM ET

David Laventhol, the former publisher of Newsday and the Los Angeles Times passed away on Wednesday, aged 81. Dave served as chairman of CPJ from 2002 to 2005, using his low-key approach and savvy news sense to help guide the organization's response to the unprecedented turmoil of the Iraq War....

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Four journalists honored for commitment to press freedom

November 26, 2014 1:12 PM ET

New Initiatives Fund set up to help combat 'war on journalists' New York, November 26, 2014--Four journalists from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa were honored Tuesday night at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 24th annual International Press Freedom Awards for their work in defiance of imprisonment, repression, and censorship....

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Rosewater: An Iranian journalist's journey from prison to silver screen

November 4, 2014 1:57 PM ET

In 2009, the sketch comedian Jason Jones traveled to Iran to interview Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari for "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. Shortly after the disputed June 12 elections, the series of reports aired amid a brutal crackdown on Iranian journalists and the opposition. Bahari was among those...

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Press freedom and the Olympic movement

October 23, 2014 12:48 PM ET

The guiding document of the Olympic movement is the Olympic Charter, a 105-page compendium of rules and regulations, but also principles and ideals that go far beyond sports. For example, the Olympic Games are intended to foment "respect for universal fundamental ethical principles, non-discrimination, and the educational value of good...

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No press freedom without Internet freedom

July 31, 2014 1:56 PM ET

Four years ago, when CPJ launched its Internet Advocacy program, we were met with lots of encouragement, but also some skepticism. "Why do you need a program to defend the Internet?" one supporter asked. "You don't have a special program to defend television, or radio, or newspapers." But the Internet...

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Coming to Kurdistan

May 15, 2014 7:10 PM ET

One of the strongest memories I have of meeting President Masoud Barzani is the winding drive up to his mountain-top headquarters in the town of Salahuddin outside Erbil. That was in 2008, when a CPJ delegation secured a pledge from the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to "create...

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