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Defending press freedom

When CPJ was founded in 1981, it was to defend the rights of journalists all over the world. Today, we are recognized as a leader in the global fight to protect press freedom.

CPJ advocacy helped free 105 imprisoned journalists in 2021 and helped secure convictions in the murders of 10 journalists. We also provided assistance to more than 400 journalists globally. In Afghanistan last year, CPJ helped 60 journalists and their families flee the country and provided 45 others with letters of support and financial assistance. In the photo above, CPJ’s Emergencies director met in Doha with Zahra Adeli, an Afghan journalist whom we helped leave Afghanistan. (Photo: CPJ/Lucy Westcott)

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CPJ Insider: December 2022 edition

CPJ honors courageous journalists at 2022 awards ceremony On Thursday, November 17, CPJ honored courageous journalists from Cuba, Iraqi Kurdistan, Ukraine, and Vietnam at its 32nd annual International Press Freedom Awards ceremony. CPJ also honored Russian editor Galina Timchenko with the 2022 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award. This year’s awards ceremony was hosted by ABC…

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CPJ Insider: November 2022 edition

Zero-click spyware poses existential crisis for journalism: A Q&A with CPJ Technology Editor Madeline Earp CPJ recently released its special report, “How zero-click surveillance threatens reporters, sources, and global press freedom.” For this month’s Insider, we spoke to Madeline Earp, CPJ’s technology editor, about how governments use spyware against journalists–and what CPJ is doing to…

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CPJ Insider: October 2022 edition

Mass protests and arrests in Iran: a Q&A with Yeganeh Rezaian, CPJ’s Senior Researcher When mass protests erupted in Iran more than two weeks ago, the government cracked down hard. As clashes between security forces and demonstrators left many dead and disruptions to internet service made information hard to obtain, CPJ learned that security forces…

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CPJ Insider: September 2022 edition

Covering the Amazon: Q&A with Renata Neder, CPJ’s Brazil representative Environmental reporting can be dangerous and traumatic for journalists. Whether covering wildfires or flash floods or reporting from remote areas where there is environmental destruction or drug trafficking, journalists face numerous threats on the beat. We spoke with CPJ’s Brazil representative, Renata Neder, about the…

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CPJ Insider: August 2022 edition

CPJ continues to demand Biden administration hold those responsible for journalist killings to account President Biden’s recent Middle East trip was a key opportunity for his administration to support the cause of press freedom. Before and during the trip, CPJ repeatedly urged the administration not to normalize journalist killings and to demand accountability for the…

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CPJ Insider: July 2022 edition

CPJ opens the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Freedom Center in New York In early June, CPJ held its grand opening of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Freedom Center, the site of our global headquarters in New York. The new space will serve as a convening hub for…

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CPJ Insider: June 2022 edition

CPJ returns to Tanzania Four years ago, our colleagues–CPJ’s Africa program coordinator Angela Quintal and CPJ’s sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumo–were suddenly detained by Tanzanian intelligence during a mission to the country to survey the press freedom situation. Last month, Mumo returned to Tanzania for World Press Freedom Day to speak with journalists on the…

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CPJ Insider: May 2022 edition

Today is World Press Freedom Day! For over two months now, the invasion of Ukraine has dominated the news, and much of CPJ’s work has been dedicated to supporting journalists covering the war. From disbursing safety information in Ukrainian, Russian, and English, working to coordinate the distribution of personal protective gear, or providing first aid…

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CPJ Insider: April 2022 edition

CPJ on Ukraine: How the situation for journalists has changed One month ago, we spoke with Gulnoza Said, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, about what to expect for journalists as Russia invaded Ukraine. Now, after a month of fighting, Said speaks on how the situation has changed for journalists covering the war–and what…

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CPJ Insider: March 2022 edition

CPJ’s Gulnoza Said on fears for journalists as Russia invades Ukraine After threatening to do so for months, Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a move that U.S. President Joe Biden called “a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.” Now, Ukraine is bracing…

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