US cites CPJ in remarks on World Press Freedom Day
Each year, World Press Freedom Day provides an opportunity for press freedom organizations to put anti-press violations on the map. This year, CPJ did just that.
In U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's statement commemorating World Press Freedom Day, he cited CPJ research: "This is a critically important time to acknowledge the contributions of journalists. As the Committee to Protect Journalists recently reported, this is the 'most deadly and dangerous period for journalists in recent history.'"
Kerry's words echoed the theme found in CPJ's 2015 Attacks on the Press, that journalists are caught between terrorists and governments. The secretary of state said, "From violent extremists and criminal gangs who abduct and kill reporters to authoritarian governments that persecute them, press freedom is under attack."
CPJ staff also participated in a number of World Press Freedom Day initiatives. (See below for more details.)