On March 2, 2016, CPJ will present a new special report on the status of criminal defamation laws in the Americas at a panel discussion in Lima on March 2, 2016. The Perú-based Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) will co-sponsor the event.
The report, prepared for CPJ by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in collaboration with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, seeks to advise journalists of the legal risks they face in their work, and shows that criminal defamation prosecutions are still widespread throughout the hemisphere.
CPJ will participate in the Internet Freedom Festival, a conference that creates a common space for diverse communities who are working against and affected by censorship and surveillance. The conference is place where those groups can come together to teach, plan and act.
On February 18, Carlos Lauría of CPJ will speak at the Innovation Exchange Happy Hour in New York hosted by TrustLaw and Be Social Change. The event features 5x5 talks--5 speakers, 5 minutes each. Speakers will share the numerous ways in which innovation catalyzes their work.
Nell Derick Debevoise | Founder and CEO, Inspiring Capital
Carlos Lauría | Program Director, the Americas, Committee to Protect Journalists
Jessica Singleton | Chief Digital Officer, City of New York
Perry Teicher | Impact Finance Fellow, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Karina Weinstein | USA Program Director, FXB International
This conference features high level representatives of news organizations to share good practices on the safety of journalists and more proactively highlight the issue of journalist safety. CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch will participate in the panel, "Safety for Community, Regional and Local Media" from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The War Zone Freelance Exhibition gives an exclusive look into the work and world of freelance journalists covering wars and conflicts in the Middle East. The project is motivated by the desire to pay tribute and provoke debate on the important and consequential role freelance journalists play in bringing news out of conflict areas to the international public, often with little support, on their own expense and at extremely high risk.
After spending years working alongside other freelance colleagues, American photojournalist Osie Greenway, Danish writer and reporter Anne Alling, Dutch videographer and photojournalist Jeffry Ruigendijk, and German writer and photojournalist Benjamin Hiller, propose an exhibition that pulls people deep into the reporting process; educates on the people who have been affected by war in the Middle East region; and highlights both the struggles and triumphs of working independently in a high-stakes vocation.
On January 29, view the exhibit and then join the WZF team for a panel discussion on today's freelancers and the future of the profession, with Jean-Paul Marthoz of the Committee to Protect Journalists, as well as a representative from Frontline Freelance Register.
The Committee to Protect Journalists will take part in a joint press conference on Turkey's press freedom record, alongside Reporters Without Borders and the European Federation of Journalists. The press conference, "EU must stop its double standards with Turkey," will be held in Brussels on December 15, 2015.
CPJ's EU correspondent Jean-Paul Marthoz, along with Johann Bihr, from Reporters Without Borders, and Mehmet Koksal, from the European Federation of Journalists, will discuss EU policies toward Turkey in light of its worsening press freedom record and will call on the EU to ensure protection of journalists' rights in Turkey remains a key part of negotiations as the country applies for EU member status.
The event corresponds with the release on December 15 of CPJ's annual prison census. It also relates to CPJ's special report on press freedom in the EU, which was released earlier this year.
The Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) and The Internet Policy Forum of the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) are hosting a 3 event series of the Pathfinder Initiative about Building Internet Capacity for Non-Profits and NGOs. This kick-off event, December 14, will focus on Internet Security, with CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch as a member of the panel.
Courtney Radsch - The Committee to Protect Journalists
Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate. She previously worked for UNESCO's Section for Freedom of Expression and as senior program manager for the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at Freedom House, where she led advocacy missions to more than a dozen countries. She has also worked for Al-Arabiya in Dubai, the Daily Star in Lebanon, and The New York Times. Follow her on Twitter @courtneyr.
Dr. Katherine Albrecht - Startmail
StartMail is built by the people behind StartPage and Ixquick, the world's most private search engines. Startmail's mission is to make email protection, security, and privacy available to everyone. Dr. Albrecht is a respected expert in the privacy arena, with a decade of experience as a researcher and activist.
Christian Dawson - Internet Infrastructure Coalition
Christian Dawson was a founder of the Save Hosting initiative, designed to galvanize web hosting providers in matters of public policy, and is currently Chairman and co-founder of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition. He is a staunch advocate for Internet freedom as a tool for social and economic growth by fostering the growth and expansion of the Internet infrastructure industry.
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the Senate Human Rights Caucus for a briefing and dialogue with the 2015 recipients of the Committee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Award.
Journalists foster accountability through their reporting on politics, crime, corruption and human rights abuses. However, in many countries journalists work in a climate of fear, intimidation and censorship generated by repressive governments and, increasingly, by illegal non-state actors and criminal organizations.
Do you believe the free flow of information must be protected? Sign the #RightToReport petition and demand that President Obama immediately:
1. Issue a presidential policy directive prohibiting the hacking and surveillance of journalists and media organizations.
2. Limit aggressive prosecutions that ensnare journalists and intimidate whistleblowers.
3. Prevent the harassment of journalists at the U.S. border.
Or click here to see the full petition, and join leading journalists like Christiane Amanpour, The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger, Editor of the AP Kathleen Carroll, and Arianna Huffington in signing on.