Our Impact


2019: A year of 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. This year, we have 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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'They saved my life.'

February 28, 2020 11:43 AM ET

When two shells struck his kitchen, a mere 20 feet away from where he stood, Rajaai Bourhan didn't think much of it--he was living in a war zone in the heart of Syria, after all. Instead, he considered himself lucky: He had survived the bombing, accepting this new reality...

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How you helped journalists in 2019

January 30, 2020 10:07 AM ET

You stood with CPJ in the fight for a free press in 2019 and for that we couldn't be more grateful. Click on the infographic below to take an in-depth look at some of our impact last year and highlights of our work. (Don't forget to turn off your ad...

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CPJ Insider: Year-end edition

December 30, 2019 8:32 AM ET

Thank you for standing with us in our work protecting journalists around the world. Together, we will defend freedom of expression, democracy, and the public’s right to know. Here are some highlights of 2019, made possible only with your support: Journalist killings dropped sharply in 2019, though imprisoned tally remained...

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CPJ Insider, December: A record-breaking IPFA and a meeting with VP Pence

December 2, 2019 12:13 PM ET

Support press freedom on #GivingTuesday This #GivingTuesday, on December 3, we’re asking for your help. We all have a stake in ensuring that press freedom is defended all over the world. Join our fight and make a gift today in support of CPJ. Every $1 we raise will be matched...

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CPJ Insider, November: Face-to-face with Pakistani border control and a northern Syria crisis

November 5, 2019 8:18 AM ET

On a strange ‘stop list,’ CPJ staffer is refused entry to Pakistan The man at the Lahore airport customs point looked puzzled. Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator, was holding a U.S. passport with a valid, newly issued visa to enter Pakistan. But the computer showed he was on a...

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CPJ Insider October 2019: Khashoggi’s murder anniversary, Sulzberger’s warning, threats to women journalists unpacked

October 7, 2019 9:12 AM ET

CPJ marks one year since Khashoggi’s murder with court action What did the U.S. government know, and when did it know it? As CPJ enters year two of advocacy to secure justice for Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018,...

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CPJ Insider: September 2019 edition

September 10, 2019 9:54 AM ET

Putting First Amendment values in the spotlight CPJ has partnered with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Los Angeles Times to produce LA Press Freedom Week, five days of programming that will engage the public and the journalistic community in and around Los Angeles in a conversation about today’s...

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CPJ Insider: August 2019 edition

August 12, 2019 11:40 AM ET

CPJ awardee Zaffar Abbas: The Pakistani government has decided ‘to kill journalism’ Pressure campaigns by press freedom groups are a vital line of defense against a rapidly deteriorating environment for independent media in Pakistan under Prime Minister Imran Khan, said Zaffar Abbas, the editor of Dawn and CPJ’s 2019 Gwen...

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CPJ Insider: July edition

July 8, 2019 9:19 AM ET

CPJ summit spotlights journalist murders, press freedom climate in Mexico CPJ held a summit on press freedom in Mexico on June 18 with an array of local partners that engaged more than 400 journalists, activists, and government officials in frank conversations about how to tackle an epidemic of journalist murders...

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CPJ Insider: June edition

June 4, 2019 4:31 PM ET

In Congress, bipartisan condolences for Khashoggi fiancée and calls for action For a moment, polarized politics took a back seat. Democratic and Republican congressional leaders gathered at an evening reception and lined up to offer condolences to Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who...

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