CPJ Events / 2017

CPJ's 2017 International Press Freedom Awards

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.

Panel Discussion on International Press Freedom Awards

Join CPJ and #CJSGlobal for a panel on the International Press Freedom Awards. The CPJ International Press Freedom Awards honor journalists around the world who show courage in defending press freedom despite facing attacks, threats, or imprisonment. This year's awardees are Ahmed Abba (Cameroon), Afrah Nasser (Yemen), Patricia Mayorga (Mexico) and Pravit Rojanaphruk (Thailand). Ahmed Abba will not be joining the panel as he is currently imprisoned for his coverage of the extremist sect Boko Haram for Radio France Internationale.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

WHERE: Columbia Journalism School

World Room

Graduate School of Journalism

2950 Broadway

New York, NY 10027

Women Photograph: Daniella Zalcman in Conversation with Susan Meiselas

Please join us for a conversation with Susan Meiselas and Daniella Zalcman about the shifting challenges and opportunities for women in photography. Susan is a photographer, educator, and president of the Magnum Foundation. Daniella is the recipient of the 2016 Inge Morath Award and founder of Women Photograph, an initiative launched this year.

WHAT: Women Photograph: Daniella Zalcman in Conversation with Susan Meiselas

WHEN: Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6-8 PM

WHERE: Magnum Foundation, 59 E 4th St, 7W, New York, NY 10003

Register here: https://womenphotograph.eventbrite.com

Systematic attacks on journalists in Russia and other post-Soviet states

A free press is an essential pillar of democracy, keeping governments accountable and citizens informed. Autocratic regimes seek to intimidate and silence the press by systematically targeting journalists. A muzzled independent media is powerless to prevent the domination of the state-driven news narrative and public misinformation.

Today, journalists in Russia and post-Soviet states risk intimidation, harassment, arrest, and even murder for their work. Those who criticize the government or investigate sensitive issues like corruption do so at their own peril. More often than not, cases remain unresolved and victims and families do not see justice.

This joint briefing by the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and the House Freedom of the Press Caucus will address key questions regarding journalists in Russia and other post-Soviet states: their important role and impact; concerns over their rights, safety, and protection; and future support and promotion of media freedom in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) region.

WHAT: Systematic Attacks on Journalists in Russia and Other Post-Soviet States

WHEN: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WHERE: Senate Visitors Center, SVC-208

On the Record: The State of Press Freedom

Around the world, press freedom is under threat. Perhaps the most alarming indicator of this is the extent to which countries traditionally thought of as beacons of press freedom have seen a spike in hostility to the independent media. From President Trump's threats to put journalists in jail, to physical assaults of the media, the level of hostility towards the American press today seems unprecedented. With the normalization of hateful rhetoric, journalists and press freedom advocates are increasingly concerned by the media climate here in the United States, and where this trend might lead. This vital discussion featuring journalists and lawyers, will address these current challenges and the solutions we can unite behind.

Battling fake news, hate speech and violent extremism online: Are freedom of expression and a vibrant, global Internet caught in the crossfire?

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.

Memorial to celebrate the life of Javier Valdez Cárdenas

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.

Special Advance Screening of City of Ghosts with Committee to Protect Journalists

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.

GNI Annual Public Learning Forum

Internet Freedom and the New Era of Censorship and Surveillance

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.

Freedom of assembly at risk in Bahrain

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.

The ongoing attacks on public freedoms in Yemen during wartime

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.

Egypt: The Price of Silence

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.

Special Event Discussion Panel: From Audience to Activist

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.

A Call To Action For Latin American Journalists and Journalists Worldwide

"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.

Tokyo journalism conference

The Committee to Protect Journalists is co-sponsoring a series of journalism-focused panels along with Sophia University and Waseda University in Tokyo, on June 2 and 4. Both events are open to the public, although Sophia University asks that you register here.

Asia Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Counter-Terrorism Dialogue

The UN Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea (MOFA) are convening a two-day terrorism and information communication technologies.

The Second Conference on the Freedom of the Press, Jerusalem

In 2015, the Jerusalem Press Club (JPC) hosted an international conference on The Freedom of the Press: Old Commitments, New Challenges. The Jerusalem Conference brought from all around the world 56 leading journalists with experience in covering war zones, editors and publishers, representatives of organizations working to safeguard freedom of the press and the protection of journalists, government officials and scholars. The Federation of European Press Clubs and the International Association of Press Clubs, as well as the Israel Press Council were official sponsors of the conference.

Following the conference, the participants signed the Jerusalem Declaration on the Freedom of the Press, calling upon governments, organizations and media owners "to respect the freedom of the press and to protect the journalists. By doing so, they will be serving not only the freedom of the press, but democracy itself."

Emboldened by this initial success, the Jerusalem Press Club is running the conference for the second time, with a focus on Social Media and Press Freedom. CPJ's Deputy Executive Director, Robert Mahoney, will participate.

Journalism in a World of Terrorism

Terror creates chaos. Terrorism affects the entire society. Has the world become more dangerous, a scarier place? Or does it only feel that way?

We need to increase our awareness on how different concepts regarding terrorism are used in journalism. We need to work together on this, it is both difficult and important.

Therefore, the Media Institute Fojo in cooperation with the Institution for media and journalism at the Linnaeus university arrange a conference for both journalists and media researchers in Kalmar May 9-11: Journalism in a world of terrorism - terrorism in a world of journalism.
The first day is open to public, the conference open to delegates after application.

Join FOJO Media Institute and Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden for an event titled, "Journalism in a World of Terrorism."

Defending Free Speech in the 'Post-Fact' Era

To mark World Press Freedom Day 2017, join the Committee to Protect Journalists, Access Now, and Article 19 at the EU Delegation to the United Nations for a panel discussion on strategies to address challenges to freedom of expression. The panel will discuss global trends toward suppression of free speech and press freedom, approaches to curbing hate speech, and the impact of "post-truth" politics and propaganda. Moderated by Quinn McKew, the Deputy Executive Director of Article 19, the panel will include Courtney Radsch, advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, Peter Micek, global policy and legal counsel for Access Now, in conversation with a senior journalist. Opening remarks will be made by H.E. Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, head of the EU Delegation to the United Nations.

Launch of "No Excuse: Mexico must break cycle of impunity in journalists' murders"

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with endemic impunity allowing criminal gangs, corrupt officials, and cartels to silence their critics. Since 2010, CPJ has documented more than 50 cases of journalists and media workers killed or disappeared. The violence is particularly acute in Veracruz state, where attacks on the press went unpunished during former Governor Javier Duarte de Ochoa's term.

CPJ will host a panel discussing the findings of a special report, "No Excuse: Mexico must break cycle of impunity in journalists' murders" in Veracruz at 10 a.m. CDT on May 3, 2017.

Protecting the First Amendment: How press freedoms in the United States compare with other countries

A 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner will join reporters and editors from inside and outside the Beltway and representatives of international press freedom organizations on Wednesday, May 3 as the National Press Club and its Journalism Institute mark World Press Freedom Day. The morning-long discussion on the State of Press Freedom in the USA will feature panels that look at:

Join CPJ for a panel at the Brussels Press Club on emerging threats to journalists

Rising populism in the U.S. and Europe, amid concerns over terrorism and migration, pose risks to press freedom in the West and beyond. Join the Committee to Protect Journalists for a look at the challenges journalists face in the changing environment for media in the U.S. and Europe, and the potential ramifications for journalists operating in repressive countries around the world. Advanced registration is not necessary.

Defeating the Censors

New information technologies were supposed to make censorship obsolete. Instead, they have made it more complicated. But even as censorship evolves, so too do the strategies of courageous journalism. Join CPJ for a panel discussion on what it takes to defeat the censors and protect sources -- and what journalists in the U.S. can learn from reporters who have worked in some of the world's most censored countries.

"Attacks on the Press: The New Face of Censorship"

Join the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, in partnership with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), for the launch of the 2017 edition of:

"Attacks on the Press: The New Face of Censorship"

The Best Defense: Threats to Journalists' Safety Demand Fresh Approach - London Launch

Following a new report on journalist safety and the launch of Committee to Protect Journalist's new Emergencies Response Team, this evening will bring together a variety of perspectives on how the safety landscape for journalists and media workers has changed in recent years.

Media Law Resource Center Conference 2017

On March 13, 2017 at the University of Miami, the Media Law Resource Center the will hold a conference, "Legal Issues Concerning Hispanic and Latin American Media." The conference will look at:

  • Journalism Challenges in Latin America
  • Cuba After Castro
  • Online Piracy in Latin America
  • Covering the Immigration Debate

Cybersecurity for Journalists of Increasing Importance in Trump Era

The days when cyber security practices could reasonably be looked upon as an optional work skill for journalists are behind us. In the first weeks of the Trump administration, an unprecedented spate of leaks to news outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post has been responded to with demands from President Trump to identify and crack down on those anonymous officials leaking to the press.

Internet Freedom Festival

CPJ is proud to be a 2017 Internet Freedom Festival Partner

Each year, the IFF brings together those who defend digital rights around the world - journalists, activists, technologists, policy advocates, digital safety trainers, and designers - in support of the following core goals:

Q&A with Edom Kassaye of Zone 9

Please join the Committee to Protect Journalists for a Q&A session with Edom Kassaye of the Zone 9 bloggers at Columbia Journalism School on January 26, 2017, from 12 to 2 pm. Along with four other bloggers from the Zone 9 collective, Kassaye was arrested and charged with incitement and terrorism in late April 2014. The charges were ultimately dropped, and Kassaye was released on July 8, 2015.

This event marks the launch of CPJ's #FreeThePress campaign, intended to raise awareness and take action on the cases of 10 journalists around the world imprisoned on anti-state charges such as terrorism.

WHAT: Q&A with Edom Kassaye of Zone 9

WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 12 to 2 pm.

WHERE: Pulitzer Hall The Brown Institute, Columbia Journalism School, New York

Learn more about the #FreeThePress Campaign

Not the New Normal: How the Media Should Cover the Trump Presidency

Join Slate for a conversation with top editors in New York about how the news media can and should proceed to cover the Trump presidency. The panel will discuss strategies they are implementing at their outlets, and how journalists and media companies at large can play a bigger role in making sure that fact prevails over fiction in the coming months and years.

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