Courtney Radsch

Global: Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Internet, Citizen Journalism


Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate with more than 13 years of experience in the United States and the Middle East. She joined CPJ in 2014 after working for UNESCO's Section for Freedom of Expression, where she coordinated the organization's strategy in the Arab region and edited the flagship publication "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development."

Radsch previously worked as senior program manager for the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at Freedom House, where she led advocacy missions to more than a dozen countries, U.N. bodies, and the Internet Governance Forum. She has also worked for Al-Arabiya in Dubai, the Daily Star in Lebanon, and The New York Times. She writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media, technology, and human rights, with a particular emphasis on gender and the Middle East, and is a blogger for the Huffington Post.

Radsch holds a PhD in international relations from American University and is turning her dissertation, "Digital Dissidence & Political Change: Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt," into a book. She holds a master's of science in foreign service from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree with highest honors in mass communication from the University of California, Berkeley.

English, Arabic, French, Spanish

Washington, DC


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