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Cameroon uses anti-terror law to silence critical press

September 20, 2017 7:36 AM ET

New York, September 20, 2017--Cameroon's broadly worded anti-terror law is being used by authorities to arrest and threaten local journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a report released today. The report, "Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent," finds that...

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New website to track press freedom violations in United States

August 2, 2017 8:59 AM ET

Coalition of more than 20 organizations launch nonpartisan U.S. Press Freedom Tracker New York, August 2, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 20 press freedom organizations announcing the launch today of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a new nonpartisan website dedicated to documenting press freedom abuses across the...

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CPJ announces 2017 International Press Freedom Award winners

July 18, 2017 8:12 AM ET

New York, July 18, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor journalists from Cameroon, Mexico, Thailand, and Yemen with its 2017 International Press Freedom Awards. The journalists have faced government harassment, death threats, or imprisonment in their pursuit of the truth. CPJ is also honoring PBS journalist Judy Woodruff with...

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CPJ welcomes Michael De Dora as Washington Advocacy Manager

June 21, 2017 1:23 PM ET

New York,June 21, 2017 --The Committee to Protect Journalists has created the new position of Washington Advocacy Manager to lead efforts to advance press freedom around the world with the U.S. government and other policymakers in Washington, D.C. Michael De Dora will be the first to occupy the post....

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Myanmar officials pledge to reform law used to jail journalists

June 9, 2017 6:00 AM ET

မြန်မာဘာသာ Yangon, Myanmar, June 9, 2017--Legislation to remove criminal penalties from a law used to imprison journalists on defamation charges will soon be introduced in Myanmar's legislature, a senior official of the Ministry of Information told a visiting delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday....

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The Committee to Protect Journalists launches new Fellowships Program

June 1, 2017 10:38 AM ET

New York, June 1, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today announced the launch of the Patti Birch Fellowships Program to honor the legacy of Patti Birch. The Patti and Everett B. Birch Foundation made a generous bequest to CPJ in early 2017 to honor Birch's lifelong commitment to freedom of...

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Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Kathleen Carroll as chair of the board

May 26, 2017 1:04 PM ET

New York, May 26, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today announced that Kathleen Carroll has been elected chair of its board of directors. The board voted yesterday for Carroll, whose term will run from 2017 to 2020, to succeed Sandra Mims Rowe, who served two terms as chairman from 2011...

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Mexico's press caught in a deadly cycle of violence and impunity

May 2, 2017 11:37 AM ET

Justice for journalists should be priority for government...

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UN Secretary General pledges to take action on journalist safety

February 23, 2017 6:18 PM ET

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged UN Secretary General António Guterres to take steps to address the urgent issue of safety of journalists. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Secretary General Christophe Deloire and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Executive Director Joel Simon met with...

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Sustained threats to journalists' safety demand fresh approach

February 21, 2017 9:25 AM ET

CPJ launches Emergencies Response Team to promote and advance journalist safety New York, February 21, 2017--Much work remains to be done to improve journalists' security in the face of unprecedented threats, including the spread of violent non-state actors, the shrinking rule of law, resurgent authoritarianism, and an industry shift...

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