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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: 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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How you helped journalists in 2021

Thank you for standing with CPJ in the fight for press freedom in 2021.

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CPJ Insider: February 2022 edition

CPJ on press freedom in the US: Behind the scenes with Katherine Jacobsen In January, CPJ published “‘Night and day’: The Biden administration and the press,” a special report written by former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie, Jr. The report, which featured interviews with media experts, journalists, and government leaders, found that while President…

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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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