CPJ's 27th annual International Press Freedom Awards and benefit dinner will honor courageous journalists from around the world on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in New York City.
Join SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations in partnership with the European Parliament Liaison Office for "Battling fake news, hate speech and violent extremism online: Are freedom of expression and a vibrant, global Internet caught in the crossfire?"
The dissemination of false news in the political arena has been around for as long as democracy. But the sources of dis-information, their rapid and widespread proliferation, and their influence on voters during the US and European election season, have given rise to a new, more urgent focus on the issue.
The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, together with family, friends and colleagues of Mexican journalist and author Javier Valdez Cárdenas, are organizing a memorial to celebrate his life and his work on Saturday, July 15.
Join the Committee to Protect Journalists for a Special Advance Screening of City of Ghosts. Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land), City of Ghosts follows the journey of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently" a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.
In 2017, threats to freedom of expression and privacy online are escalating around the world.
Democratic and authoritarian governments alike are raising the pressure on internet and telecommunications companies to censor controversial content, while online surveillance programs are coming under renewed public scrutiny.
We invite you to join us for the Global Network Initiative 2017 Public Learning Forum, where experts from companies, human rights and press freedom organizations and academia will discuss emerging issues for global online rights, and what a multi-stakeholder agenda for free expression and privacy can achieve.
The three learning sessions will be followed by a reception from 5pm.
RSVPs required before Monday, June 19. Follow this page to register, and for further program updates closer to the event.
The use of illegal weapons to target peaceful protesters
Organised by: Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), CIVICUS, and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR): This UN side event will focus on the escalated pace of violations of public freedoms and in particular freedom of assembly, which is at imminent risk in Bahrain.
HRDs, Journalists, & Online Activists undertake their work in a dangerous environment
Organised by: International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR): A discussion of threats to Human Rights Defenders, Journalists, & Online Activists working in Yemen's dangerous environment.
CPJ joins twelve human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), in calling on members of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to ensure that the dire human rights situation in Egypt is addressed by the UN Human Rights Council (the Council) through a resolution, or at minimum a joint statement by States at its 36th session in September 2017.
Today, people have the tools to hold power structures to account. Cellphone videos and live distribution channels are being used as evidence for advocacy in cases of police and military accountability, protests, and hate crimes. But, in a troubling trend, those involved in capturing and distributing the footage face serious repercussions. Join us for a discussion exploring how publicly sourced media is being utilized for impact, and the issues that civilians encounter when recording and distributing information, as our panel of filmmakers, journalists and activists share best practices on how to hold powerful institutions accountable safely and effectively.
"The great mistake is to live in Mexico and to be a journalist"
-- Javier Valdez, in his 2016 book Narcoperiodismo
Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a working journalist.
When reporter Javier Valdez was pulled from his car and executed in Culiacán, Sinaloa on May 15, he became the sixth member of the Mexican press to be killed in two months. The growing number is a disturbing reminder that everyone is targeted, no one is safe: print journalists, TV and radio reporters, photographers, editors, owners. In a decade-long wave of violence against journalists, parents have been gunned down in front of their children; children in front of their parents. Murders take place in the dead of night or in broad daylight; in one of Mexico's 32 states or in the middle of Mexico City.