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Media organizations urge Israel to open press access to Gaza

More than 60 media and civil society organizations have signed an open letter urging Israel to give journalists independent access to Gaza. The organizations—which include the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post—highlight that no independent media access to Gaza has been permitted since the start…

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CPJ’s guide to legal rights in the U.S. prepares journalists for election coverage

The 2024 United States presidential election is only four months away amid intensifying hostilities toward journalists across the country and around the world. On the eve of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has developed a U.S. legal guide for election coverage to ensure that journalists know their rights…

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CPJ welcomes Assange’s release following plea deal

The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s release following a plea deal with the United States Justice Department. Assange pleaded guilty to an Espionage Act charge of conspiring to unlawfully obtain and disseminate classified national defense information in a plea deal finalized in federal court in the Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth…

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Forced to flee: Recognizing journalists in exile on World Refugee Day

Across the world threats, repression, conflict, unrest, and other factors are pushing journalists into exile in record numbers. On World Refugee Day, it is important to note that exiled or soon-to-be exiled journalists now make up more than half of the people the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) assists. To recognize the plight of exiled…

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“State of Silence” premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival: Documentary traces attacks on the press in Mexico

On Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) Mexico Representative Jan-Albert Hootsen joined a panel discussion following the global premiere of “State of Silence,” a documentary tracing attacks on journalists in Mexico, and the urgent need to strengthen the country’s federal protection mechanism for the press. The film, which charts…

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CPJ hailed as a ‘Red Cross for journalism’

On Saturday, CPJ was awarded the Canadian Association of Journalists’ (CAJ) 2024 Charles Bury Award for commitment to protecting the safety and security of journalists at risk worldwide. “For decades, the CPJ has saved countless lives of journalists while simultaneously shining a bright light on the many draconian abuses to press freedom around the world,”…

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CPJ, partners urge U.S. Senate to advance the PRESS Act

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) joined more than 85 journalism and civil society organizations and 35 attorneys and law professors in urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule a markup of the Protect Reporters from Exploitative State Spying Act (PRESS Act) as soon as possible so that it can be considered by the full…

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CPJ, partners call on ICJ to order unimpeded media access to Gaza

As local and international media workers covering the Israel-Gaza war continue to face challenges reporting the news, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is documenting a broad range of press freedom violations and advocating on behalf of journalists. To that end, CPJ, ARTICLE 19 and partners issued a statement in support of South Africa’s urgent…

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Demonstrators protest a bill on "foreign agents" near the Georgian Parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia, on May 13, 2024. (Photo: Reuters/Irakli Gedenidze)

Georgia’s ‘foreign agent’ law will stifle media freedom, CPJ warns

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply troubled by the Georgian parliament’s vote on Tuesday to adopt the controversial Russian-style “foreign agents” law that could target foreign-funded media operating in the country. “The passage of ‘foreign agent’ legislation by the ruling Georgian Dream party, despite significant public opposition, is set to stifle media freedom…

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Why the Israel-Gaza war has become more difficult to document

As the Israel-Gaza war enters its eighth month, CPJ’s ability to verify attacks on the press has slowed to a crawl. A feature published this week explains why the Israel-Gaza war has become more difficult to document. An unprecedented number of deaths, with more than 90 Palestinian journalists killed by Israeli forces since the start…

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