Committee to Protect Journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed. For 30+ years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom.
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The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Founded in 1981, CPJ takes action when journalists are censored, jailed, kidnapped, or killed for their work, without regard to political ideology. In its defense of journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to access independent sources of information – an essential part of a free society.

The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Founded in 1981, CPJ takes action when journalists are censored, jailed, kidnapped, or killed for their work, without regard to political ideology. In its defense of journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to access independent sources of information – an essential part of a free society.

Mission: The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.

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Montenegro’s High Court today found investigative journalist Jovo Martinović guilty in a retrial and sentenced him to on...
10/08/2020
CPJ condemns Montenegro High Court conviction of investigative journalist Jovo Martinović - Committee to Protect Journalists

Montenegro’s High Court today found investigative journalist Jovo Martinović guilty in a retrial and sentenced him to one year in prison for drug trafficking.

“We condemn today’s ruling by the Montenegrin High Court as a missed opportunity to bring justice to journalist Jovo Martinović, who has been persecuted for his investigative reporting,” said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Gulnoza Said. “The ruling sends a wrong message to journalists in Montenegro and will have a chilling effect on the country’s media.”

New York, October 8, 2020–Montenegro’s High Court in the capital, Podgorica, today found investigative journalist Jovo Martinović guilty in a retrial and sentenced him to one year in prison for drug trafficking, according to news reports; the court acquitted him of charges of criminal organizat...

The U.S. Press Freedom Accountability Project, funded by CPJ, will provide grants between $2,000 and $5,000 for newsroom...
10/08/2020
Press Freedom Accountability Project Application — News Leaders Assocation

The U.S. Press Freedom Accountability Project, funded by CPJ, will provide grants between $2,000 and $5,000 for newsrooms reporting on threats to journalists in the U.S.

Apply here: https://www.newsleaders.org/applications-forms-and-registrations/press-freedom-accountability-project

In light of recent unprecedented attacks on journalists around the United States, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in collaboration with the News Leaders Association (NLA), launched the U.S. Press Freedom Accountability Project. The initiative will support reporting on press freedom viola...

We welcome the news that two Islamic State militants were extradited today to the U.S., where they face federal charges ...
10/07/2020
A path to justice in the ISIS murders of two journalists

We welcome the news that two Islamic State militants were extradited today to the U.S., where they face federal charges for their roles in the kidnapping, abuse, and murder of two journalists, #JamesFoley and #StevenSotloff, and several aid workers.

CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon outlined in a column for Columbia Journalism Review last year why it is so rare for journalists’ killers to be brought to justice—and why it is essential that these two Islamic State militants stand trial.

When a US federal court held the Syrian government responsible for the 2012 murder of journalist Marie Colvin and awarded her family $300 million in damages, it was a giant step toward justice. It was also something exceedingly rare: nearly 90 percent of all journalists’ murders are carried out wi...

Laws that seek to regulate social media content have implications for #pressfreedom and can be used to censor news.#Germ...
10/07/2020
Germany revisits influential internet law as amendment raises privacy implications - Committee to Protect Journalists

Laws that seek to regulate social media content have implications for #pressfreedom and can be used to censor news.

#Germany's NetzDG law is one of the most influential laws of this kind. Now, the country is revisiting it.

On October 1, a new law to regulate content posted on social media platforms took effect in Turkey, The Guardian reported. Turkish journalists already face censorship and arrest because of social media posts, CPJ has found, and the law offers just one more tool to censor news. Yet the legislation wa...

“Authorities should immediately release journalist Pham Doan Trang, drop the charges against her, and cease their decade...
10/07/2020
Journalist Pham Doan Trang arrested on anti-state charges in Vietnam - Committee to Protect Journalists

“Authorities should immediately release journalist Pham Doan Trang, drop the charges against her, and cease their decade-long campaign of harassing her,” said Shawn Crispin, Committee to Protect Journalists / Asia Desk senior Southeast Asia representative. “Vietnam must stop treating independent journalists like criminals.”

Bangkok, October 7, 2020 – Vietnamese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Pham Doan Trang and drop anti-state charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Trang, a prominent journalist who contributes regularly to several independent news ...

CPJ is so grateful to @knightfdn and other funders who have invested in CPJ’s campaign to secure our future: https://cpj...
10/07/2020
Knight Foundation, other leadership donors award grants to CPJ’s capital campaign - Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ is so grateful to @knightfdn and other funders who have invested in CPJ’s campaign to secure our future:
https://cpj.org/2020/10/knight-foundation-other-leadership-donors-award-grants-to-cpjs-capital-campaign/

October 7, 2020—With threats to press freedom mounting in the U.S. and around the world, the Knight Foundation has awarded the Committee to Protect Journalists a grant of $4 million to secure the organization’s future as it wages a relentless fight to support the work of journalists and defend t...

10/07/2020
The Fletcher School at Tufts University

Happening now: Tune in to The Fletcher School’s panel on reporting in an era of Fake News and distrust, featuring CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch.

Media In Crisis: Reporting In An Era of Fake News & Distrust
Our era of failed leadership and global crises is compounded by an international decline in democracy and the detrimental impacts of COVID-19. In this context, editors and reporters face leaders that spark distrust in the words and motives of some of our longest-standing institutions and are confronted with the ascent of “fake news” as social media platforms become unofficial news publishers. Authoritarian leaders spinning their own narratives through independent channels, alongside threats faced by a free press under political repression, only complicate reporting.

This panel will features the perspectives of distinctive journalists and media experts, Ben Smith of The New York Times, Courtney Radsch of the Committee to Protect Journalists and Prashant Rao of The Atlantic. The conversation will focus on the challenges that journalists and media organizations face on the frontlines to publish the truth in a rapidly evolving information ecosystem.

“Independent news is essential to the public during these chaotic and quickly moving events in Kyrgyzstan since the parl...
10/07/2020
Journalists attacked, obstructed during and after parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan - Committee to Protect Journalists

“Independent news is essential to the public during these chaotic and quickly moving events in Kyrgyzstan since the parliamentary elections,” said CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, Gulnoza Said. “Kyrgyz authorities should ensure journalists can work freely and safely; law enforcement must stop attacking the press and ensure that protesters don’t target journalists either.”

New York, October 6, 2020 – Kyrgyz authorities should create safe conditions for members of the press covering post-election unrest in Kyrgyzstan, and stop attacking journalists who are doing their job, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officials in Kyrgyzstan today voided the resul...

CPJ today called on the government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to immediately release journalist Siddique Kappa...
10/06/2020
Uttar Pradesh police arrest journalist on his way to cover Hathras gang rape case - Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ today called on the government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to immediately release journalist Siddique Kappan and drop any investigation into him.

New Delhi, October 6, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to immediately release journalist Siddique Kappan and drop any investigation into him. Kappan was arrested yesterday while traveling from the capital Delhi to Hathr...

“We condemn the Israeli authorities’ habit of arresting journalists without informing them of the reasons,” said CPJ Mid...
10/06/2020
Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian journalist Tareq Abu Zeid in Nablus - Committee to Protect Journalists

“We condemn the Israeli authorities’ habit of arresting journalists without informing them of the reasons,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa / لجنة حماية الصحفيين representative, Ignacio Miguel Delgado.

“Authorities should either disclose the charges against Tareq Abu Zeid or release him immediately.”

New York, October 6, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the recent arrest of Palestinian freelance journalist Tareq Abu Zeid by Israeli security forces. On October 1, Israeli security forces raided Abu Zeid’s home in the northern West Bank city of Nablus an...

Cuban authorities must immediately cease harassing and threatening journalist Abraham Jiménez Enoa, and allow him and al...
10/06/2020
CPJ calls on Cuban security forces to stop threatening Washington Post columnist Abraham Jiménez Enoa - Committee to Protect Journalists

Cuban authorities must immediately cease harassing and threatening journalist Abraham Jiménez Enoa, and allow him and all journalists in the country to work freely.

Miami, October 6, 2020—Cuban authorities must immediately cease harassing and threatening journalist Abraham Jiménez Enoa, and allow him and all journalists in the country to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On October 2, state security agents dressed as civilians str...

CPJ, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International express concern over #Somalia’s amended media law
10/05/2020
CPJ, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International express concern over Somalia’s amended media law - Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International express concern over #Somalia’s amended media law

The Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International today sent a joint letter to the president of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, expressing concern over a restrictive amended media law and asking the president to take concrete steps to saf...

Georgian authorities should conduct a thorough investigation of assaults on five journalists who were covering a politic...
10/05/2020
At least 5 journalists attacked, beaten in southern Georgia in run-up to parliamentary elections - Committee to Protect Journalists

Georgian authorities should conduct a thorough investigation of assaults on five journalists who were covering a political clash ahead of the October 31 parliamentary elections, find the perpetrators, and ensure that journalists can work safely.

New York, October 5, 2020 — Georgian authorities should conduct a thorough investigation of assaults on five journalists who were covering a political clash ahead of the October 31 parliamentary elections, find the perpetrators, and ensure that journalists can work safely, the Committee to Protect...

On September 15, 2020, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a uniformed police officer informed Mojca Šetinc Pašek, a reporter and ed...
10/05/2020
Police question 2 Slovenian journalists at public broadcaster RTV - Committee to Protect Journalists

On September 15, 2020, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a uniformed police officer informed Mojca Šetinc Pašek, a reporter and editor at the public broadcaster RTV Slovenia, and Miša Molk, a host on the network, that a criminal complaint had been filed against them.

On September 15, 2020, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a uniformed police officer informed Mojca Šetinc Pašek, a reporter and editor at the public broadcaster RTV Slovenia, and Miša Molk, a host on the network, that a criminal complaint had been filed against them, according to Pašek, who spoke to CPJ i...

CPJ is deeply concerned by recent reports that U.S. Agency for Global Media - USAGM political appointees are investigati...
10/05/2020
VOA White House Reporter Investigated For Anti-Trump Bias By Political Appointees

CPJ is deeply concerned by recent reports that U.S. Agency for Global Media - USAGM political appointees are investigating Voice of America - VOA White House bureau chief for alleged political bias.

This move follows baseless accusations this year by the White House that VOA was promoting Chinese propaganda with its reporting on COVID-19.

USAGM leadership has shown little regard for the safety of the news agency’s journalists, most notably by halting visa renewals for VOA staff and implying that spies might work there.

An investigation by political appointees into the Voice of America's White House bureau chief for anti-Trump bias is the latest act that may break federal laws promising its journalistic independence.

“CPJ is troubled by the state security prosecutor’s decision to detain journalist Basma Mostafa on vague charges that ar...
10/05/2020
Egypt detains freelance journalist Basma Mostafa on false news, other charges - Committee to Protect Journalists

“CPJ is troubled by the state security prosecutor’s decision to detain journalist Basma Mostafa on vague charges that are clear retaliation for covering news that the Egyptian government wants to suppress,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa / لجنة حماية الصحفيين Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour.

“Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Mostafa and ensure that all members of the press can report freely.”

New York, October 5, 2020 – On October 3, state security forces arrested freelance journalist Basma Mostafa upon her arrival at a bus stop in the southern city of Luxor, where she had traveled to cover the alleged killing of a man, Ewais al-Rawy, during a police raid for the al-Manassa newspap...

Hey journalists! Are you covering the 2020 U.S. elections?CPJ's #PressSafety2020 election safety center includes informa...
10/04/2020
#PressSafety2020: Safely covering the 2020 U.S. elections - Committee to Protect Journalists

Hey journalists! Are you covering the 2020 U.S. elections?

CPJ's #PressSafety2020 election safety center includes information you may need, including how to prepare for election assignments and protect your digital security.

Read, bookmark, and share:

Mitigate digital, physical, and psychological risk Read, bookmark, and share CPJ’s U.S. election safety kit | En español Fill out a risk assessment form (learn more about risk assessments here) | En español Protect your digital safety and security Learn how to remove your personal data from the ...

Without offering proof, Salvadoran President Bukele alleges money laundering investigation into El Faro news website
10/04/2020
Without offering proof, Salvadoran President Bukele alleges money laundering investigation into El Faro news website - Committee to Protect Journalists

Without offering proof, Salvadoran President Bukele alleges money laundering investigation into El Faro news website

Managua, Nicaragua, September 30, 2020 – Salvadoran authorities should make public any details about an alleged money laundering investigation into the El Faro news website, and cease harassing independent media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In a news conference on Sept...

In #Venezuela, the public must navigate an information desert amid #COVID-19, humanitarian, and political crises.CPJ map...
10/04/2020
Mapping Venezuela's shrinking radio landscape - Committee to Protect Journalists

In #Venezuela, the public must navigate an information desert amid #COVID-19, humanitarian, and political crises.

CPJ mapped the country's shrinking radio landscape:

Mapping Venezuela’s shrinking radio landscape Venezuelans navigate an information desert amid COVID-19, humanitarian & political crises By CPJ Central & South America staff and Coral Negrón, CPJ Patti Birch Fellow for Data Journalism As the COVID-19 pandemic spread rapidly around the world, few c...

#MostRead this week: Indigenous journalist Anastasia Mejía arrested in central Guatemala
10/04/2020
Indigenous journalist Anastasia Mejía arrested in central Guatemala - Committee to Protect Journalists

#MostRead this week: Indigenous journalist Anastasia Mejía arrested in central Guatemala

Managua, Nicaragua, September 28, 2020 – Guatemalan authorities should immediately release radio journalist Anastasia Mejía, drop the charges against her, and guarantee that journalists can report freely without persecution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 22, the Gu...

#MostRead this week: Nicaraguan ruling party legislators propose law requiring some media outlets, journalists to regist...
10/04/2020
Nicaraguan ruling party legislators propose law requiring some media outlets, journalists to register as "foreign agents" - Committee to Protect Journalists

#MostRead this week: Nicaraguan ruling party legislators propose law requiring some media outlets, journalists to register as “foreign agents”

Managua, Nicaragua September 24, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Nicaraguan congress to reject a proposed law that would force media outlets and journalists to register as “foreign agents” if they receive funding or payments from abroad. The law, proposed on Sep...

Inside #TheTorch newsletter this week: Ahead of Khashoggi anniversary, the fight for justice continueshttps://cpj.org/th...
10/03/2020
Ahead of Khashoggi anniversary, the fight for justice continues - Committee to Protect Journalists

Inside #TheTorch newsletter this week: Ahead of Khashoggi anniversary, the fight for justice continues
https://cpj.org/thetorch/2020/10/ahead-of-khashoggi-anniversary-the-fight-for-justice-continues/

Friday marks the second anniversary of the gruesome murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. CPJ continues our fight for justice in Khashoggi’s case, sending a message to the world that those responsible cannot get away with such a cri...

#MostRead this week: Doubts over investigation plague Pavel Sheremet trial as Ukraine journalists cite continued fear
10/03/2020
Doubts over investigation plague Pavel Sheremet trial as Ukraine journalists cite continued fear - Committee to Protect Journalists

#MostRead this week: Doubts over investigation plague Pavel Sheremet trial as Ukraine journalists cite continued fear

The trial of three people charged for the 2016 killing of Pavel Sheremet is set to begin before year’s end, but friends and colleagues of the journalist wonder if the right people are facing justice. It has been more than four years and two months since a powerful car bomb killed journalist Pavel ...

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