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Journalists honored for courageous reporting

International Press Freedom Awards go to Indian freelance reporter, Egyptian
photojournalist, Turkish editor, and El Salvadoran investigative reporter

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: International Press Freedom Awards Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on November 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

New York, November 23, 2016--Journalists from India, Egypt, Turkey, and El Salvador were honored Tuesday night at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 26th annual International Press Freedom Awards for courageous work amid risks including imprisonment, threats, and legal action.

"These awardees are truly remarkable journalists, all of whom have carried out their work with the knowledge that doing so puts them in real danger," said Sandra Mims Rowe, CPJ Board Chairman. "It is heartening to see such resolve, and to know that even under the most threatening conditions, journalists will always find a way to do their job."

Malini Subramaniam, who has reported on issues including abuses by police and security forces, and sexual violence against women in her home state of Chhattisgarh, received the award from Susan Chira, former deputy executive director for The New York Times and CPJ board member. Award-winning U.S. photojournalist Lynsey Addario presented an award in absentia to Mahmoud Abou Zeid, the Egyptian photojournalist also known as Shawkan, who has been imprisoned since August 2013. Can Dündar, the former editor-in-chief of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet who is facing imprisonment on charges of disclosing state secrets, received his award from Lindsey Hilsum, international editor for the U.K.'s Channel 4 News. Héctor Tobar, op-ed contributor to The New York Times and former LA Times journalist, presented the award to Óscar Martínez, an investigative reporter for the online news magazine El Faro. Martínez has been threatened for his coverage of gang violence and extrajudicial killings in El Salvador.

November 23, 2016 11:34 AM ET

Statements   |   Egypt

Leaders of Egypt's Journalists Syndicate sentenced to 2 years in jail

New York, November 19, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the conviction of three leaders of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate today on charges of harboring a fugitive. A Cairo court sentenced Yehia Qallash, the chairman of the syndicate, and board members Khaled al-Balshy and Gamal Abdel Rahim to two years in prison, according to news reports. The court set bail of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (US$628) each pending appeal.


Journalist attacked at U.S. protest

New York, November 11, 2016--Four masked men attacked freelance photojournalist Kyle Ludowitz yesterday as he photographed protesters looting and vandalizing businesses in the U.S. city of Oakland, California, the journalist told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Ludowitz was treated for a broken cheekbone following the incident, he said.

November 11, 2016 4:07 PM ET


Media Advisories

Honoring courage and defying intimidation

CPJ's 2016 International Press Freedom Awards

New York, November 15, 2016--Four remarkable journalists who have navigated chilling media landscapes in Egypt, El Salvador, India, and Turkey will be honored at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2016 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes courageous journalism.

The awardees have faced great risk to cover the news, including being threatened by criminal gangs and politicians, and being forced to flee after harassment from police and activists. One awardee was shot at twice outside a courtroom in Turkey, where he stood trial on charges related to his work; another has spent more than three years behind bars for documenting the momentum of a revolution in Egypt.

CPJ will also present Christiane Amanpour, the award-winning chief international correspondent and anchor at CNN, with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for her extraordinary work in service of press freedom. Amanpour has frequently hosted persecuted journalists on her CNN show and seizes every opportunity to hold perpetrators of press freedom abuses to account.

The awards dinner is open for press coverage. Accreditation requests are accepted until noon on Monday, November 21.

November 2, 2016 10:45 AM ET

Statements   |   Canada

Montreal police spied on La Presse reporter Patrick Lagacé

New York, October 31, 2016--Montreal police have been tracking an iPhone belonging to La Presse reporter Patrick Lagacé since the beginning of the year, the journalist's paper reported today. Canadian courts authorized 24 warrants to surveil Lagacé's phone, according to court documents obtained by the French-language Montreal daily. The warrants allowed police to access the journalist's call register and track him by activating a GPS monitor on his phone, according to reports.

October 31, 2016 6:24 PM ET


Statements   |   Turkey

Turkey closes 15 media outlets, raids newspaper office, detains at least 12

Supporters of Cumhuriyet newspaper protest a police raid of the daily's Istanbul's office, October 31, 2016. The signs read, "Free media cannot be silenced" (center), and "Don't bow down" (rear). (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

New York, October 31, 2016 -- The Turkish government should immediately reverse an emergency decree closing at least 15 news agencies, newspapers, and magazines and should immediately release all journalists imprisoned on bogus charges for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Press Releases

Extremist groups get away with murders of journalists

Somalia, Iraq, Syria top CPJ's 2016 Global Impunity Index

New York, October 27, 2016--Some of the highest rates of impunity in the murders of journalists can be attributed to killings by Islamist militant groups, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its latest annual Global Impunity Index, released today.

At top of the list--which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go free--are Somalia, Iraq, and Syria, where extremist organizations such as the Islamic State group and Al-Shabaab have repeatedly targeted journalists for murder. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Pakistan also appear on the index for at least the second consecutive year.

Local officials and criminal groups also frequently murder journalists in retaliation for their work without facing justice, in index countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, and Russia.

October 27, 2016 7:45 AM ET

Media Advisories

CPJ to release annual report on impunity in murders of journalists

New York, October 20, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its annual report, "Getting Away With Murder - 2016 Global Impunity Index," on October 27.

The index, published annually to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on November 2, spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished. The report will be launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York ahead of a panel discussion on journalists' safety and combatting impunity.

October 21, 2016 8:21 AM ET

Statements   |   USA

North Dakota court to review rioting charge against Amy Goodman

Journalist Amy Goodman, pictured at an event in 2012, is facing a charge of rioting after covering protests in September. (AFP/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

New York, October 17, 2016--A U.S. court is due today to review a charge of rioting filed against broadcast journalist Amy Goodman, who filmed security guards using dogs and pepper spray to disperse protesters on September 3. The charge against the host of global news program Democracy Now! was filed October 14 by North Dakota attorney Ladd Erickson, according to reports. An earlier charge of criminal trespassing was dropped, reports said.

October 17, 2016 12:38 PM ET


Statements   |   USA

CPJ chairman says Trump is threat to press freedom

Donald Trump speaks with reporters after the first presidential debate in September. Journalists are among the groups attacked by the Republican nominee during his campaign. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

New York, October 13, 2016--The chairman of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Sandra Mims Rowe, issued the following statement on behalf of the organization:

Guaranteeing the free flow of information to citizens through a robust, independent press is essential to American democracy. For more than 200 years this founding principle has protected journalists in the United States and inspired those around the world, including brave journalists facing violence, censorship, and government repression.

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