Senior Adviser, Journalist Security
Global: Journalist Security, Freelancer, Insurance
Smyth serves as CPJ's senior adviser for journalist security and also blogs on journalist security issues for the organization. He is the founder and executive director of Global Journalist Security, a firm that provides consulting and training services to journalists and others. Smyth has specialized in armed conflicts, organized crime, and human rights, and reported from nations including El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Jordan, and Iraq where, in 1991, he was imprisoned for 18 days. Through the 1990s, Smyth investigated arms trafficking for Human Rights Watch. He has reported for CBS News and written for The Nation, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, World Policy Journal, and Foreign Affairs. Smyth has also testified on press freedom matters before the Organization of American States, the International Commission of Jurists, and the U.S. Congress.