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CPJ Highlights: February edition

Press freedom in the US--and what CPJ's doing about it

CPJ continues to advocate for journalists and press freedom in the United States. In a February 25 op-ed published in The New York Times titled "Trump is damaging press freedom in the U.S. and abroad," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon argued that the U.S. administration's attacks on the media undermine "trust by sowing confusion and uncertainty about what is true" and do damage outside the United States, "where America's standing as a global beacon of press freedom is being drastically eroded."

February 27, 2017 3:49 PM ET

Press Releases

UN Secretary General pledges to take action on journalist safety

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 United Nations Secretary General António Guterres today to discuss the #ProtectJournalists campaign to appoint a UN Special Representative for the safety of journalists. David Callaway, board nominee for president of the World Editors Forum, part of WAN-IFRA, an early supporter of the campaign, also attended the meeting.

"On behalf of RSF, I welcome Secretary General Guterres' strong personal commitment to the safety of journalists and a free and independent press, said Christophe Deloire, RSF's Secretary General. The UNSG believes that these issues are fundamental to democracy and human rights and has pledged to take action. We are counting on him to make the UN more efficient so that journalists can be better protected."

"As journalists around the world are increasingly under attack physically and verbally it is encouraging and gratifying to have this kind of support from the Secretary General, said Joel Simon, CPJ's Executive Director. "We look forward to working with him to move this commitment forward."

February 23, 2017 6:18 PM ET

Press Releases

Sustained threats to journalists' safety demand fresh approach

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 toward reliance on freelancers, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a report released today. Journalists, news outlets, and press freedom groups must find approaches that go beyond traditional training and advocacy, which is why CPJ has launched a new Emergency Response Team.

February 21, 2017 9:25 AM ET

Reports   |   Internet, Journalist Assistance, Security

The Best Defense

Threats to journalists' safety demand fresh approach

Reporting on wars and natural disasters is inherently dangerous, but the spread of insurgent and criminal groups globally poses an unprecedented risk to journalists. Since the videotaped killings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff in 2014, public awareness of the risks has increased exponentially, but the dangers persist.

(Scout Tufankjian/CPJ)

CPJ to join 2016 James Foley Freedom Run

CPJ staff and friends are joining many others in the U.S. and other countries for the James W. Foley Freedom Run. The event--a virtual run where supporters can take part from anywhere in the world--is scheduled for October 15, 2016. CPJ will hold its run in New York City. You can join the CPJ team and others, who will meet at 10 a.m. on Hudson River Greenway (W. 79th Street Boat Basin).

To participate in the virtual run with CPJ, please register here.

The event is organized by the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, an organization set up in memory of James Foley, a freelance war correspondent who was murdered by the militant group Islamic State in Syria in August 2014.

WHAT: James W. Foley Freedom Run

WHERE: Hudson River Greenway (W. 79th Street Boat Basin), New York.

WHEN: October 15, 2016, 10 a.m. EST

October 15, 2016 12:00 PM ET

Impact   |   Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia

CPJ Newsletter: Exhibit of jailed photographer's work moves to Photoville, journalist released from jail, and we join our partners at the UN

October edition

Next stop for exhibit of Shawkan's work: Photoville

A still from the Facebook Live video CPJ conducted at the Shawkan exhibition at the Bronx Documentary Center. (CPJ/Mustafa Hameed)

In mid-September, CPJ partnered with the Bronx Documentary Center to hold an exhibition of photographs taken by Mahmoud Abou Zeid, or Shawkan, a freelance journalist who has been imprisoned in Egypt since August 2013. Many of Shawkan's photos--from protests and celebrations in Tahrir Square to daily life in Cairo--were taken during the Egyptian revolution.

September 21, 2016 3:21 PM ET

CPJ's Impunity Campaign consultant to speak at the preview screening of Jim: The James Foley Story

CPJ's Impunity Campaign consultant Elisabeth Witchel will join panelists in a discussion following a preview screening of Jim: The James Foley Story. Foley was kidnapped in November 2012 in Syria. He was missing for almost two years before his captors executed him. Foley's death alerted the world to the rising risks journalists face covering frontline news today. The filmmaker, a close friend, looks at Foley's life and decision to report on the plight of civilians impacted by war. It interviews family, friends, journalists and fellow hostages. Other panelists include director Brian Oakes and photographer Daniel Rye. The event will take place on August 31, 2016 at 7:30 PM in Curzon Bloomsbury cinema in London.

August 31, 2016 12:00 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, USA, Ukraine

Heroines for Press Freedom

Late on the evening of September 16, 2000, 31-year-old Ukrainian investigative journalist Georgy Gongadze left a colleague's house in Kiev and headed home to where his wife and young daughters awaited him. He never made it.

Ataques a la Prensa

Heroínas por la libertad de prensa

La noche del 16 de septiembre de 2000, Georgy Gongadze, periodista investigativo ucraniano de 31 años de edad, dejó la casa de un colega en Kiev y se dirigió a la suya, donde lo esperaban la esposa y las pequeñas hijas. El periodista nunca llegó.

27 de Abril 2016 8:00 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Internet, Iraq, Syria

My Islamic State Social Network

My first conversation with Islamic State was about my reporting. I had just shared an article I'd written about the terrorist group recruiting Western fighters on my Twitter when I saw that someone using the Twitter handle Abu Omar had also posted a link to the piece on his own account. His profile photo unabashedly displayed the black and white IS flag. As I clicked around his profile, I received a Twitter message from him:

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