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Remembering Daphne

International civil society coalition marks fourth anniversary of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia with renewed call for justice 16 October 2021 Today marks four years since the brutal murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bomb attack in Malta that shook the world. Our thoughts are with Caruana Galizia’s family, friends,…

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CPJ congratulates Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for winning the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

New York, October 8, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists congratulates journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, who were awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize today. Their award comes at a time of unprecedented attacks on journalists in the form of sweeping crackdowns, digital surveillance, and an erosion of public trust in journalism. “Dmitry…

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CPJ welcomes Lucy Westcott as emergencies director

New York, October 7, 2021–As threats to journalist safety worldwide persist, the Committee to Protect Journalists is pleased to announce that Lucy Westcott has been named CPJ’s emergencies director. In the role, Westcott will oversee the organization’s Emergencies team, which provides comprehensive, life-saving support to journalists and media workers at risk around the world through…

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People’s Tribunal to indict governments, seeking justice for murdered journalists

The Hague, September 28, 2021 – In an unprecedented effort to achieve justice in the killing of journalists, three leading press freedom groups have established a People’s Tribunal to investigate their murders and hold governments accountable. The Tribunal, a form of grassroots justice, relies on investigations and high-quality legal analysis involving specific cases in three…

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CPJ welcomes Katherine Jacobsen as U.S. and Canada program coordinator

New York, August 30, 2021–The Committee to Protect Journalists is pleased to announce that Katherine Jacobsen has been named U.S. and Canada program coordinator. Jacobsen will lead CPJ’s work reporting on press freedom in the United States and Canada and head advocacy efforts to improve press freedom in both countries. “I’m delighted that Katherine will…

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CPJ welcomes Arlene Getz as editorial director

New York, August 24, 2021–The Committee to Protect Journalists is pleased to announce that Arlene Getz will be CPJ’s new editorial director, where she will lead the organization’s editorial team and oversee news, data, and multimedia production. “Arlene’s extensive experience in reporting and editing international news will help CPJ meet the unprecedented and growing challenges…

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US must protect Afghan journalists as Taliban take power

Hundreds seek assistance, relocation amid threat from militant group New York, August 16, 2021 – The United States must do more to ensure the safety of Afghan journalists as the country falls under the control of the Taliban, including facilitating safe passage out of the country and providing emergency visas, the Committee to Protect Journalists…

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#HoldTheLine Coalition welcomes dismissal of cyber libel charge against Maria Ressa and calls for remaining charges to be dropped

New York, August 12, 2021 – The #HoldTheLine (#HTL) Coalition welcomes the dismissal of a cyber libel charge against Rappler CEO and founder Maria Ressa in the Philippines — the second spurious charge against Ressa to be dropped in just two months. The #HTL coalition calls for all remaining charges to be immediately dropped and the…

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Myanmar now one of the world’s worst jailers of journalists

CPJ calls for targeted international sanctions  New York, July 28, 2021—In the months since Myanmar’s military seized power in a February 1 coup, the country has become one of the world’s worst jailers of journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a special mid-year survey published today.  The report and accompanying prison census, “Bitter…

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Press freedom in Latin America hurt by COVID-19 response

Committee to Protect Journalists and the Thomson Reuters Foundation investigate whether official emergency measures increased media restrictions New York, June 30, 2021– Many of the emergency measures enacted in Latin America in response to COVID-19 restricted media freedom and could have negative long-term implications for free expression, according to a new report released as pandemic…

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