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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#MostRead this week: Journalists attacked, deported ahead of January elections in Uganda
12/12/2020
Journalists attacked, deported ahead of January elections in Uganda - Committee to Protect Journalists

#MostRead this week: Journalists attacked, deported ahead of January elections in Uganda

Nairobi, December 11, 2020 — Ugandan authorities should ensure that journalists can cover the country’s upcoming elections safely and freely and should thoroughly investigate all attacks on the press by members of the public and by security forces, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today...

#MostRead this week: US immigration agency subpoenas BuzzFeed News, seeking information on source
12/12/2020
US immigration agency subpoenas BuzzFeed News, seeking information on source - Committee to Protect Journalists

#MostRead this week: US immigration agency subpoenas BuzzFeed News, seeking information on source

Editors’ Note: In a December 9 email to CPJ following the publication of this article and BuzzFeed News’ refusal to comply with the subpoena, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson said, “ICE will not enforce the summons and will pursue the investigation through other channels.”...

Hong Kong police charge Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai with ‘foreign collusion’ under national security law
12/12/2020
Hong Kong police charge Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai with ‘foreign collusion’ under national security law - Committee to Protect Journalists

Hong Kong police charge Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai with ‘foreign collusion’ under national security law

Taipei, December 11, 2020 – The Hong Kong police force today charged media entrepreneur Jimmy Lai, founder of Next Digital Limited, which owns the Apple Daily newspaper, with collusion with foreign forces under Hong Kong’s new national security law, a charge that carries up to life in prison if ...

“Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq must understand once and for all that protests are events of public interest and c...
12/11/2020
Kurdish Iraqi forces arrest NRT reporter Karzan Tariq while covering protests in Sulaymaniyah - Committee to Protect Journalists

“Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq must understand once and for all that protests are events of public interest and covering them is no crime. In fact, they should do everything in their power to ensure that journalists can do their job safely and freely,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa / لجنة حماية الصحفيين representative Ignacio Miguel Delgado.

“We call on the local authorities in Sulaymaniyah to immediately release NRT reporter Karzan Tariq and to stop arresting journalists.”

New York, December 11, 2020 — Today, security forces affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party arrested Karzan Tariq, a reporter with the local NRT broadcaster, while he was covering protests over economic issues in the northeastern Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah, according to his ....

Ugandan authorities should ensure that journalists can cover the country’s upcoming elections safely and freely and shou...
12/11/2020
Journalists attacked, deported ahead of January elections in Uganda - Committee to Protect Journalists

Ugandan authorities should ensure that journalists can cover the country’s upcoming elections safely and freely and should thoroughly investigate all attacks on the press by members of the public and by security forces.

Nairobi, December 11, 2020 — Ugandan authorities should ensure that journalists can cover the country’s upcoming elections safely and freely and should thoroughly investigate all attacks on the press by members of the public and by security forces, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today...

#HongKong police today charged media entrepreneur Jimmy Lai, founder of Next Digital Limited, which owns Apple Daily, wi...
12/11/2020
Hong Kong police charge Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai with ‘foreign collusion’ under national security law - Committee to Protect Journalists

#HongKong police today charged media entrepreneur Jimmy Lai, founder of Next Digital Limited, which owns Apple Daily, with collusion with foreign forces under Hong Kong’s new national security law.

The charge carries up to life in prison if convicted.

Taipei, December 11, 2020 – The Hong Kong police force today charged media entrepreneur Jimmy Lai, founder of Next Digital Limited, which owns the Apple Daily newspaper, with collusion with foreign forces under Hong Kong’s new national security law, a charge that carries up to life in prison if ...

CPJ today called on the Alamance County Court in central North Carolina to grant journalists regular access to court pro...
12/10/2020
CPJ calls on North Carolina county to grant court access, drop charges against journalist - Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ today called on the Alamance County Court in central North Carolina to grant journalists regular access to court proceedings and for the county district attorney to drop charges against local reporter Tomas Murawski.

Washington, D.C., December 10, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Alamance County Court in central North Carolina to grant journalists regular access to court proceedings and for the county district attorney to drop charges against local reporter Tomas Murawski. Visi.....

Cuban authorities must allow journalist Luz Escobar to leave her home, and should stop harassing and intimidating member...
12/10/2020
Cuban journalist Luz Escobar barred from leaving home since December 4 - Committee to Protect Journalists

Cuban authorities must allow journalist Luz Escobar to leave her home, and should stop harassing and intimidating members of the press.

Miami, December 10, 2020 – Cuban authorities must allow journalist Luz Escobar to leave her home, and should stop harassing and intimidating members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Today, security agents standing at her Havana home barred Escobar, a reporter for the....

This #HumanRightsDay, CPJ shines a light on press freedom violations in 2020 related to the #COVID19 virus.CPJ has docum...
12/10/2020
COVID-19 and Press Freedom - Committee to Protect Journalists

This #HumanRightsDay, CPJ shines a light on press freedom violations in 2020 related to the #COVID19 virus.

CPJ has documented a total of 207 press freedom violations related to COVID-19 as of November 18, 2020.

Learn more:

#FreeThePressFor journalists in jail, freedom is matter of life or death.Learn more » Photo: Zmnako Ismael

CPJ condemns the killing of journalist Malalai Maiwand in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province this morning.
12/10/2020
Journalist Malalai Maiwand shot dead in Afghanistan - Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ condemns the killing of journalist Malalai Maiwand in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province this morning.

New York, December 10, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of journalist Malalai Maiwand in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province this morning. Maiwand, a reporter at Enikass Radio and TV in Nangarhar, was on her way to work in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, aro...

Today, on International #HumanRightsDay, the Committee to Protect Journalists and eight other civil society groups issue...
12/10/2020
CPJ joins calls for accountability, ending of crackdown in Belarus - Committee to Protect Journalists

Today, on International #HumanRightsDay, the Committee to Protect Journalists and eight other civil society groups issued a joint statement expressing deep concern about the violation of human rights and press freedom in Belarus in the wake of the August 9 presidential election.

New York, December 10, 2020 – Today, on International Human Rights Day, the Committee to Protect Journalists and eight other civil society groups issued a joint statement expressing deep concern about the violation of human rights and press freedom in Belarus in the wake of the August 9 presidenti...

Amid COVID-19, journalists covering #humanrights worldwide have faced new threats. #CPJEmergencies’ compiled resources o...
12/10/2020
CPJ Safety Advisory: Digital security during the COVID-19 pandemic - Committee to Protect Journalists

Amid COVID-19, journalists covering #humanrights worldwide have faced new threats. #CPJEmergencies’ compiled resources on how journalists can stay safe.

Digital security: https://cpj.org/2020/04/cpj-safety-advisory-digital-security-covid19/
Editors’ checklist: https://cpj.org/2020/04/editors-checklist-preparing-covid-19-assignments-safety/
COVID-19 safety: https://cpj.org/2020/02/cpj-safety-advisory-covering-the-coronavirus-outbr/

The current global health situation has seen changes to the way journalists do their job, with an increasing number working from home instead of an office. This is creating digital security issues for journalists and media outlets who still need to work during the coronavirus outbreak.

Greek police detain, question journalist Antonis Rigopoulos for allegedly wearing incorrect mask at protest
12/10/2020
Greek police detain, question journalist Antonis Rigopoulos for allegedly wearing incorrect mask at protest - Committee to Protect Journalists

Greek police detain, question journalist Antonis Rigopoulos for allegedly wearing incorrect mask at protest

On November 17, 2020, traffic police in Athens stopped Greek journalist Antonis Rigopoulos while he was covering a protest, and proceeded to detain him and question him about his work, according to a report by his employer, the news website Documento, and Rigopoulos, who communicated with CPJ via em...

BBC correspondent describes staying safe, finding journalistic camaraderie during Nagorno-Karabakh’s 6-week war
12/10/2020
BBC correspondent describes staying safe, finding journalistic camaraderie during Nagorno-Karabakh’s 6-week war - Committee to Protect Journalists

BBC correspondent describes staying safe, finding journalistic camaraderie during Nagorno-Karabakh’s 6-week war

Journalists who covered the recent six-week-long conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh faced violence to get the story of the region’s latest bloody chapter to the world. At least six journalists were injured in shelling attacks in Nagorn...

Journalists working around the world continue to face a wide variety of challenges, especially during the COVID-19 pande...
12/10/2020
CPJ testifies to US Congress, calls for more effort to fight restrictions on press - Committee to Protect Journalists

Journalists working around the world continue to face a wide variety of challenges, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the U.S. government must redouble its efforts to defend press freedom, CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch said during testimony to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday.

Journalists working around the world continue to face a wide variety of challenges, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the U.S. government must redouble its efforts to defend press freedom, CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch said during testimony to the U.S. Congress today. Addressing t...

At least 298 of the journalists killed since 1992 covered human rights, making it the third most deadly beat for journal...
12/10/2020

At least 298 of the journalists killed since 1992 covered human rights, making it the third most deadly beat for journalists. #HumanRightsDay https://cpj.org/killed/

Journalists covering #COVID19 face new risks. Throughout the pandemic, #CPJEmergencies has shared the resources journali...
12/10/2020
How do I cover COVID-19? Frequently asked questions for CPJ’s safety experts - Committee to Protect Journalists

Journalists covering #COVID19 face new risks. Throughout the pandemic, #CPJEmergencies has shared the resources journalists may need while covering the virus.

Today, on #HumanRightsDay, learn how journalists stay safe while covering #COVID19:

The coronavirus has changed the way journalists report around the world. As COVID-19 morphed into a pandemic in early 2020, journalists quickly needed to know how to safely cover the world’s biggest news story. The uncertainty around the virus meant that even stepping outside was fraught with risk...

Rio de Janeiro Military Police publish video criticizing, insulting journalist Rafael Soares
12/09/2020
Rio de Janeiro Military Police publish video criticizing, insulting journalist Rafael Soares - Committee to Protect Journalists

Rio de Janeiro Military Police publish video criticizing, insulting journalist Rafael Soares

In the evening of December 8, 2020, the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro published a video on its website and official YouTube and Twitter accounts in response to an article that Rafael Soares, a security reporter for national newspapers O Globo and Extra, had published previously that day. Soares....

CPJ testifies to US Congress, calls for more effort to fight restrictions on press
12/09/2020
CPJ testifies to US Congress, calls for more effort to fight restrictions on press - Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ testifies to US Congress, calls for more effort to fight restrictions on press

Journalists working around the world continue to face a wide variety of challenges, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the U.S. government must redouble its efforts to defend press freedom, CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch said during testimony to the U.S. Congress today. Addressing t...

Journalists who covered the recent 6-week war between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh faced violence...
12/09/2020
BBC correspondent describes staying safe, finding journalistic camaraderie during Nagorno-Karabakh’s 6-week war - Committee to Protect Journalists

Journalists who covered the recent 6-week war between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh faced violence to get the story to the world.

Journalists who covered the recent six-week-long conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh faced violence to get the story of the region’s latest bloody chapter to the world. At least six journalists were injured in shelling attacks in Nagorn...

CPJ testifies to U.S. Congress, calls for more effort to fight restrictions on press
12/09/2020
CPJ testifies to US Congress, calls for more effort to fight restrictions on press - Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ testifies to U.S. Congress, calls for more effort to fight restrictions on press

Journalists working around the world continue to face a wide variety of challenges, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the U.S. government must redouble its efforts to defend press freedom, CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch said during testimony to the U.S. Congress today. Addressing t...

CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch just testified at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on international human r...
12/09/2020
International Human Rights and the Closing Civic Space

CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch just testified at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on international human rights and closing civic space, highlighting threats to press freedom around the world.

International Human Rights and the Closing Civic Space December 9, 2020 2:00 PM Location: Hearing will be held virtually via Cisco WebEx Subcommittee: Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Witnesses Ms. Joanne LinNational Director, Advocacy and Government Affair...

Journalists are murdered on a weekly basis.In 86% of those cases, the killers go free.A Safer World For The Truth is a c...
12/09/2020
FPU, RSF and CPJ to launch ambitious joint project to get justice for murdered journalists - Committee to Protect Journalists

Journalists are murdered on a weekly basis.

In 86% of those cases, the killers go free.

A Safer World For The Truth is a collaboration between CPJ, Free Press Unlimited, and Reporters sans frontières / Reporters Without Borders / RSF focused on impunity in the murders of journalists.

#EndImpunity

The Hague, 9 December 2020 – Leading press freedom organisations come together to launch an international online campaign to pursue justice for murdered journalists worldwide. A Safer World For The Truth is a collaboration between Free Press Unlimited (FPU), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the...

“India purportedly values freedom of speech, but contempt proceedings against Rachita Taneja for her cartoons would inst...
12/08/2020
Indian government gives go ahead for contempt proceedings against cartoonist - Committee to Protect Journalists

“India purportedly values freedom of speech, but contempt proceedings against Rachita Taneja for her cartoons would instead show intolerance for any form of criticism in the country,” said Aliya Iftikhar, Committee to Protect Journalists / Asia Desk senior researcher.

“If these contempt proceedings move forward, it will send a chilling message to the media.”

New Delhi, December 8, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed alarm over a petition to the Indian Supreme Court calling for it to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against political cartoonist Rachita Taneja for her comics about the judiciary. On December 5, Aditya Kashyap, a....

Iranian authorities must release journalist Kayvan Samimi from prison and cease jailing members of the press for their w...
12/08/2020
Iranian journalist Kayvan Samimi begins 3-year prison sentence over protest coverage - Committee to Protect Journalists

Iranian authorities must release journalist Kayvan Samimi from prison and cease jailing members of the press for their work.

Washington, D.C., December 8, 2020 — Iranian authorities must release journalist Kayvan Samimi from prison and cease jailing members of the press for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, authorities arrested Samimi at the Evin Prison Sentence Enforcement Office, ...

“Authorities in Mali should release journalists Adama Diarra and Seydou Oumar Traoré immediately and unconditionally, an...
12/08/2020
Two journalists detained in Mali for weeks over criticism of judiciary - Committee to Protect Journalists

“Authorities in Mali should release journalists Adama Diarra and Seydou Oumar Traoré immediately and unconditionally, and reform the country’s laws to ensure that members of the press are not jailed for their work,” said CPJ Africa - Committee to Protect Journalists' Angela Quintal.

“In addition to the serious concerns for press freedom in Mali, the health risks associated with detention during the COVID-19 pandemic make the jailing of two journalists particularly alarming.”

New York, December 8, 2020 — Malian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release journalists Adama Diarra and Seydou Oumar Traoré from custody and allow them to report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On October 20, Diarra, also known as Vieux Blen, received ...

Croatian authorities must quickly and thoroughly investigate the threats made to journalists at the Zadarski.hr website ...
12/08/2020
Two men threaten to kill journalists at Croatian outlet over coverage of wedding amid coronavirus - Committee to Protect Journalists

Croatian authorities must quickly and thoroughly investigate the threats made to journalists at the Zadarski.hr website and Slobodna Dalmacija newspaper, and hold those responsible to account.

Berlin, December 8, 2020 — Croatian authorities must quickly and thoroughly investigate the threats made to journalists at the Zadarski.hr website and Slobodna Dalmacija newspaper, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about noon on December 1, ...

“It is disgraceful for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to try to compel a news organization to turn over unpubl...
12/08/2020
US immigration agency subpoenas BuzzFeed News, seeking information on source - Committee to Protect Journalists

“It is disgraceful for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to try to compel a news organization to turn over unpublished material about their sources. The agency should immediately drop this subpoena,” said CPJ Program Director Carlos Martinez de la Serna.

“Subpoenaing a news organization to turn over its source material sets a dangerous legal precedent and undermines sources’ trust in the media.”

Washington, D.C., December 8, 2020 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement should withdraw a subpoena seeking to expose the source of reporting by BuzzFeed News, and should refrain from taking legal action against news outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On December 4, Buz...

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