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World Press Freedom Day

UNESCO and the Government of Finland will co-host the World Press Freedom Day's main event and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony in 2016 which will take place in Helsinki, Finland, from May 2-4, 2016. The event will include the Opening Ceremony, Plenary Sessions, Parallel Roundtable Sessions, and the Award Ceremony of the prestigious UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

CPJ, along with IPI, IFJ, RSF, and WAN-IFRA, will organize Parallel Session 9: Safety of Journalists - Strengthening the Momentum.

World Press Freedom Day will take place at the Finlandia Hall.

May 3, 2016

Difference Day

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles and Erasmushogeschool Brussel, BOZAR, Evens Foundation & iMinds, together with other partners (WAN, EBU, ACT, MPAA, European Commission, UNESCO, European Parliament) along with the Committee to Protect Journalists celebrate Difference Day by honouring people and organisations that make a difference in protecting and promoting freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

May 3, 2016


Book Launch for CPJ's annual edition of Attacks on the Press: Gender and Media Freedom Worldwide

Join the Committee to Protect Journalists for the launch of its annual publication, Attacks on the Press: Gender and Media Freedom Worldwide. Events will be hosted in Washington, D.C., New York City, and online.

At the Newseum in Washington, D.C, CPJ will host a panel, Attacks on the Press: Women on the Frontlines, which will open with remarks from Sandra Mims Rowe. It will feature Lara Logan, Michelle Ferrier, Molly McCluskey, and Arzu Geybullayeva for a discussion of their experiences reporting on the front lines, dealing with sexualized violence, and countering gender-related threats and restrictions. It will be moderated by Martha Raddatz. The event will be livestreamed for a global audience.

Later that evening, CPJ will host a second panel at Columbia Journalism School on how gender-related threats affect freedom of the press, featuring Scout Tufankjian, Kim Barker, Rawya Rageh, Alexis Okeowo, and moderated by Elana Beiser. Opening remarks will be made by Kathleen Carroll and Matt Winkler.

Light refreshments will be served.

April 27, 2016

Media and Democracy in Brazil: Under Challenge

Join a discussion about the increasing challenges Brazil's media face, especially at a time of political and economic turbulence in the nation's modern democracy, including legislative and judicial actions and continued violence against journalists. Experts will discuss the relationships between the media, the public and government, assess the state of free speech in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America, how journalists are coping with the restrictions, the role of technology and social media, and strategies for preserving and solidifying a credible press. This discussion is part of the "Global Center Events on Campus | 2016" series, sponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro and Columbia Global Centers.


Ricardo Gandour is the Director of Brazilian media group Estado de S. Paulo. He is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Journalism School.

Agnès Callamard is the Director of Columbia University's Center for Global Freedom of Expression.

Carlos Lauria is the Program Director and Senior Program Coordinator for The Americas at the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Bruce Shapiro is the Executive Director of the Dart Center for Trauma in Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

OPENING REMARKS: Thomas J. Trebat is the Director of Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro and former Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University.

April 18, 2016

17th International Symposium on Online Journalism

Since 1999, editors, producers, executives, and academics from around the world have gathered in Austin to discuss the evolution of this new genre of journalism. The Symposium has been a small, but very intense conference that serves as a barometer for the state of Online Journalism.

CPJ's Executive Director, Joel Simon, will participate in a panel addressing the boundaries between journalism and activism.

April 15, 2016

National High School Journalism Conference

CPJ advocacy director Courtney Radsch will speak at the National High School Journalism Conference, in Los Angeles on April 15, 2016. The National High School Journalism Convention is a semiannual gathering of high school journalists and advisers co-sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association..

Courtney will discuss journalist safety in the 21st century. The past three years have been the most dangerous ever for journalists according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, with record numbers imprisoned and killed for doing their jobs, and hundreds of others forced into exile. Why is this? What can we do about it?

April 15, 2016

The Death Blow to Turkey's Media

Turkey, once seen as a role model for the Middle East, is now hitting the headlines around the world with its systematic government crackdown on the free press. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's relentless assaults on the independent media has blown up with a final deadly strike to Turkey's largest newspaper, Zaman, and its sister organization, Cihan News Agency.

On Mar. 4, 2016, the Turkish government forcefully took over Zaman Media Group and peaceful protesters in front of the Zaman headquarters were brutally attacked by Turkish police. Tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets were shot.

As Cihan News Agency has been the only independent monitor of Turkey's elections for the last 10 years, the seizure left the country more vulnerable to election fraud.

This panel will focus on the recent government takeover of critical media outlets in Turkey and its possible outcomes for the region.

April 7, 2016

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