Murray Seeger Named CPJ's Washington Representative

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New York, N.Y., July 9, 1998 -- Murray Seeger, a veteran journalist who has been a foreign correspondent in Europe and Asia, has been named Washington representative by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Seeger, whose career as a reporter and editor has included stints at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The New York Times, Newsweek magazine, and The Los Angeles Times, has also worked as a public affairs director for the AFL-CIO, Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty, Inc., and the International Monetary Fund. During his 14-year tenure at The Los Angeles Times, Seeger served as the paper's bureau chief in Moscow, Bonn, and Brussels.

In addition to his work in print journalism, he has been a radio commentator and a teacher of journalism at George Washington University, the University of Maryland, The American University, and the University of Michigan. As a USIA Visiting Scholar in Journalism in Nigeria, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and Bangladesh, Seeger worked with local journalists on such issues as the relationship between government and journalists, the role of the press in a democratic society, foreign policy and the media, and economic journalism. In 1996, he organized a training course for South African editors sponsored by the Nieman Foundation for the Advancement of Journalism at Harvard University.

In announcing Seeger's appointment to the newly created post, CPJ executive director Ann Cooper said, "Murray Seeger's distinguished career as a journalist and public affairs specialist, coupled with his abiding concern with fostering the development of a free press throughout the world, combine to make him an ideal representative for CPJ in Washington." A 1951 graduate of the University of Iowa, Seeger was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. The Committee to Protect Journalists is a New York-based independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom around the world.