Our Impact

Defending press freedom

CPJ protects and defends journalists all over the world. We shine a spotlight on those who have been silenced, such as Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi; we partner with groups on projects like the Protect Press Freedom campaign; and we evacuate and support journalists, such as those trapped in Syria. In 2019, we helped win the release of at least 81 journalists, including Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who thanked CPJ for our efforts while onstage at our International Press Freedom Awards dinner. (Photo:Reuters/Ann Wang)

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CPJ Insider: Year-End Edition

Thank you for all of your support this year, as CPJ confronted grave dangers to journalists and press freedom around the world. With you standing with us, we can continue to defend freedom of expression and your right to know the truth. Here are some highlights of 2021, which were made possible thanks to your…

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CPJ Insider: December edition

Honoring journalists at CPJ’s 2021 awards ceremony On November 18, during CPJ’s 31st annual International Press Freedom Awards ceremony, we honored courageous journalists who put their lives on the line to report the news. We streamed the ceremony online, and held an event in New York for some of our most dedicated supporters, at which…

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CPJ Insider: November edition

CPJ prepares to host its 2021 awards ceremony In just a few weeks, CPJ will host its 2021 International Press Freedom Awards ceremony, our annual celebration of journalists who put their lives on the line to bring us the news. Tune in to ipfa.cpj.org at 8 p.m. on November 18 to check out the show!…

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CPJ Insider: The crisis in Afghanistan continues

Nearly two months after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the human rights crisis continues to worsen. Afghan media and their families have become targets as the Taliban has detained some journalists, arrested and shot others, and forced female reporters off the air. CPJ continues to support Afghan journalists. To date, we have helped 46…

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CPJ Insider: Crisis in Afghanistan

Since Afghanistan fell under the control of the Taliban, CPJ has been deeply concerned for the safety of hundreds of local journalists and media workers. We have devoted our resources to helping and supporting them, even as some are already being targeted by the Taliban.  We continue to urge the United States to ensure the…

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CPJ Insider: August 2021 edition

Joel Simon speaks “On the Media” In a segment for WNYC’s “On the Media” on July 23, CPJ’s executive director, Joel Simon, spoke to Brooke Gladstone about how this is the deadliest and most dangerous time to be a journalist that he’s ever seen. “There’s a complete transformation of the information environment,” Simon said. “It’s…

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CPJ Insider: July 2021 edition

Jimmy Lai, of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily, to receive CPJ’s 2021 Gwen Ifill award Jimmy Lai, the imprisoned founder of Hong Kong’s Next Digital media company and Apple Daily newspaper, will be honored with CPJ’s 2021 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award, CPJ’s board of directors announced in June. The award recognizes an individual’s extraordinary and…

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CPJ Insider: May edition

CPJ, partners meet with U.S. Secretary of State Blinken to discuss press freedom On April 29, CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon and Board Chair Kathleen Carroll, alongside our partner groups, met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss our concerns about press freedom globally. CPJ had requested a meeting late last year when…

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CPJ Insider: April edition

CPJ turns 40! On April 3, 1981, three journalists in New York—Michael Massing, Victor Navasky, and Laurie Nadel—filed the certificate of incorporation for a new organization, the Committee to Protect Journalists, which was dedicated to the defense and promotion of the “human and professional rights of journalists around the world.” Forty years later, we remain…

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CPJ Insider: March edition

CPJ Insider: March edition CPJ’s Sherif Mansour and his family harassed by Egyptian authorities Egyptian police first came for Sherif’s father when he was seven. They came again—this time for him—when he was 17. Today, Mansour, who serves as CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, lives in the United States, but that has…

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