• International Press Freedom Awards

    Four international journalists are to be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2014 International Press Freedom Awards. The awardees are, clockwise from top left, Aung Zaw, founder and editor-in-chief of Burma's The Irrawaddy, which was branded an "enemy of the state"; Siamak Ghaderi, an Iranian freelance journalist released in July from a four-year prison term; Mikhail Zygar, editor-in-chief for the Russian independent TV channel Dozhd; and Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press in South Africa, who has been threatened with violence over critical stories. CPJ will present Jorge Ramos with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom.

  • Road to justice: Breaking cycle of impunity

    Despite increased international attention to the murders of journalists, governments fail to take action to reduce the high rates of targeted violence and impunity, the Committee to Protect Journalists finds. In the past 10 years, 370 journalists were murdered; in 90 percent of cases, there are no convictions. The unchecked, unsolved murders of journalists is one of the greatest threats to press freedom today.
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  • Egypt's policy toward media has 2 faces

    Authorities in Egypt try to appease the international community while at the same time showing zero tolerance for criticism. This approach is doomed to fail in the long run. In the meantime, CPJ encourages journalists to speak up using the hashtag #EgyptLastWord, and will launch a documentary film, "Under Threat," on November 6.

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  • CPJ finds Hungary's press shackled

    Amid a backdrop of increasingly repressive measures aimed at Hungary's press, which are raising concerns in the EU and U.S., the Committee to Protect Journalists has its first mission to a EU member state. Since coming to power in 2010 Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, pictured, has implemented legal and economic measures, including a Media Act that restricts press freedom, using the allocation of state advertising to reward or punish outlets, and a crippling advertising tax widely seen as a way to stifle independent news outlets.

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  • Turkey defends record, pledges steps

    In unprecedented meetings with the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Press Institute, Turkish leaders defend their country's press freedom record while agreeing to take measures to improve conditions for journalists. The meetings, which include President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Davutoğlu, come after three days of consultations with journalists and press freedom experts who describe a climate of fear and intimidation characterized by incessant lawsuits, government pressure on newsrooms, and an orchestrated public smear campaign targeting critics.

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CPJ calls on Belgium to defend press freedom at Committee of Ministers

CPJ calls on Didier Reynders, Belgium's foreign minister, to use his country's presidency at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe--the largest pan-European human rights watchdog--to defend press freedom in Europe, and address violations by members states. CPJ's letter highlights press freedom abuses in Azerbaijan, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

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